Bachelor Programme in Pop Music

The popular music programme focuses on the principal subjects of bass guitar, drums, guitar, keyboard and voice. Students are not limited in their study to these instruments, however; the principal study also covers music production/pop bands and the composers? lab: writing lyrics, arranging and studio work.

Future pop artists trained at the CvA will be versatile: their studies will focus on performance, pedagogy (in preparation for a career as e.g. a band instructor) and creative endeavours (e.g. music producer) and will promote the open-mindedness of enterprising artists.

Methods of instruction

* a combination of group lessons and private coachings
* ensembles (pop bands)
* lectures
* private keyboard practicum with tutor
* group work (composers' lab, studio)

Accreditation and degree

The bachelor's programme in Pop Music is a track within the Bachelor Music. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive an accredited bachelor's degree in Music and the title Bachelor Music. Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO).

More information on accreditation and degrees

Programme details

Study load
240 EC

Study length
4 years, full-time

Language of instruction
Dutch and English

CROHO code
34739 (B Music)

Bachelor of Music


Jack Pisters + composition, methodology, coordinator
Marcel Singor + ensembles
Arnold van Dongen  
René van Barneveld + ensembles
Martijn van Agt

bass guitar
Manuel Hugas + ensembles
Arto Boyadjian + advanced, freestyle and style bands
Ivo Severijns + ensembles, methodology
Lené te Voortwis

Wiboud Burkens + ensembles
Nico Brandsen + ensembles
Joost van den Broek + arranging, methodology
Martin van den Oetelaar + programming, band coaching
Robin van Vliet

Oscar Kraal + ensembles
Erik Hoeke + ensembles
Ruben van Roon + ensembles, methodology

Monique Bakker 
Jolien Grünberg 
Bodhi Sykora 
Ricardo Burgrust 
Stanley Clementina 

Attie Bauw studio technique, recording lab
Maurice Bom studio technique, recording lab
Bram Bol OSB, band rotation and band coaching, studio
Hans Weekhout
Pepijn Stutterheim

René Brijker DOK III, internships
undefinedBlanka Pesja art & literature, lyric lab
Kirsten Schneider harmony at the piano, theoretical subjects
Flip van der Enden music history
Eran Har Even
Christian Pabst
Jaimie van Hek
Claus Tofft
Jegor van Opdorp