About Music

“Due to its unique position in the professional field, among other reasons, the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp is  able to join the debate about and actively contribute to the role of music in the 21st century. In this way, the programme keeps its finger on the pulse.”

Justus Grimm, cellist of Malibran Quartet, Member of the artistic board for Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.

The Music programme comprises academic Bachelor and Master’s degrees and trains independent and creative musicians who master their main discipline (instrumental, singing, conducting, composing, music theory/harmony and counterpoint, music education or jazz and popular music).

The Bachelor’s programme focuses on mastering the basics of musical craftsmanship. The Master’s programme provides you the opportunity to add your own narrative to what you have learned. Our teachers guide you in the development of an artistic identity. You can subsequently focus on a specific aspect of music practice in the form of a postgraduate.

The Music programme reconciles craftsmanship with critical reflection, a broad perspective on the industry and the impetus to entrepreneurship. It addresses and provides guidance concerning how to create interdisciplinary projects, shape your own artistic project and manage the aspects of communication, promotion and public relations. The international arts campus deSingel, as our venue offers unique opportunities to collaborate with actors, dancers and other artists. It is an international breeding ground in which to explore the contemporary role of music and art and to gain a professional network.

The Instrumental-Vocal programme offers highly individualized training and confronts you with a diversity of styles and genres, interdisciplinarity and historical or contemporary performance practice. You learn methods that create the best potential for success at auditions. In addition, you receive innumerable opportunities to gain on stage experience for solos, chamber music, ensembles or orchestral productions in our modern concert halls – with professional logistic support – as well as on major stages during co-productions and apprenticeships in orchestras, choirs, ensembles and opera and theatre companies*.

* such as deFilharmonie (Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Opera van Vlaanderen, Brussels Youth Jazz Orchestra, I Solisti del Vento, International Opera Academy …

You can also attend the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp through the bachelor and master's programmes in music theory, with graduation options harmony and counterpoint, and composition. The Master’s programme in composition aligns with the position of the contemporary composer in today’s professional field; who uses his or her creativity to build bridges in today’s society. The programme combines training in pure craftsmanship (instrumentation, orchestration) with electronic music, present time-composing and collaborations with dance, drama and visual arts. Furthermore there are master programmes in conducting, with graduation options choir or wind orchestra and brass band.

Our jazz department participates in at least four (interdisciplinary) projects a year and gives you the opportunity to explore the boundaries of your artistic expression. The jazz and popular music programme is characterized by its project-oriented teaching, individual coaching by leading artistic personalities and it’s network with (internationally) renowned jazz artists.


The general programme is divided into two cycles: the bachelor comprising three academic years, in which students are given extensive support; and the master programme, comprising two academic years, which demands more self-dependence and aims to develop students’ artistic personalities.

Academic Bachelor’s (Here you find a schematic overview) 

  • instrumental studies
  • vocal studies
  • theory of music - harmony and counterpoint
  • theory of music - composition
  • jazz and popular music

Academic Master’s (Here you find a schematic overview)

  • instrumental studies
  • vocal studies
  • conducting
  • composition
  • jazz and popular music

Academic Postgraduate course - Specialization (Here you find a schematic overview)

The postgraduate course for very talented musicians comprises one full-time academic year and links up with the general education program.

Read more about our postgraduate courses.

  • Composition 60 SP
  • Instrumental concert soloist 60 SP
  • Vocal concert soloist 60 SP
  • Jazz and popular music 60 SP
  • Chamber Music 60 SP
  • Accompaniment and coaching 60 SP
  • Orchestra instrument 60 SP
  • Suzuki Teaching Method Violin ESA 1-3 60 SP
  • Suzuki Teaching Method Violin ESA 4-5 60 SP
  • Contemporary performance practice 60 SP
  • Children’s- and youth choir conducting 30 SP

Classical music instruments:

accordion • bass clarinet (only at master’s level) • bassoon • cello • clarinet • contrabassoon (only at master’s level) • double bass • flute • French horn (only at master’s level) • guitar • harp • horn • harpsichord • mandolin • marimba (only at master’s level) • oboe • organ • percussion • piccolo (only at master’s level) • piano • pianoforte (only at master’s level) • saxhorn • saxophone • trombone • trumpet • tuba • violin • viola • vocal studies.

Jazz instruments:

bass guitar • double bass • drums • flute • guitar • clarinet  • piano • saxophone • trumpet • trombone • vocal studies (other instruments are possible at request)

Students with a foreign degree (bachelor or master) who wish to enroll for a bachelor or a master programme, will be asked to make a programme comparison. This procedure might result in a reduced bachelor programme or a master programme in conjunction with a preparatory programme.


An artistic education aspires full-on commitment by the student. Besides an obligated basic program you can outline your profile by following elective courses and joining projects. We apply a system of annual and half-yearly exams, (partial) tests and the possibility to enroll for degree-, credit- or examination contract. The study load per academic year amounts to 60 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System), or the equivalent of a minimum of 1500 and maximum 1800 hours of educational and other study-related activities, including the necessary time for individual assimilation. The system of ECTS credits enables transfers to and from other European universities or university colleges.


In all our programmes we help you develop your academic skills.

Peter Benoit (1834- 1901), founder of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, aspired to educate "… not only virtuosi but also men and women who actively reflect on society".

The bachelor programme provides in theoretical skills in music, a broad cultural background and appropriate research skills.

The master programme will provide you with individual coaching to develop your artistic personality, enriched by your own research projects and thus connecting reflection to music practice.

We aim for our graduates to be musicians with all-round artistic competences, envisaging a divers and long career.

The RCA takes an active position in the continuous evolution of the arts, encouraging its staff, students and partners to actively build a professional artistic career and to engage in research projects, especially with an interdisciplinary focus involving music, drama and / or dance. The RCA is actively involved in various international networks, fostering the creation and exchange of expertise and knowledge.

Our extensive cooperation with the University of Antwerp within the framework of the Antwerp Association of University and Colleges results in an attractive doctoral programme in Music.


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