What will I learn?

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) is an ambitious, innovative conservatory program that emphasizes high quality performance, chamber music, and creativity. The Academy brings students to a high level of excellence, while connecting music with other art forms such as dance, theater and fine arts. Our core programme components are artistic excellence, an international environment, intensive work with ensembles in residence, and interdisciplinary opportunities. We educate students to become leaders in their field and play important roles in the development of new visions on the music profession.

The Fontys way of studying

Fontys AMPA differs from other conservatories in that it offers almost twice as much training sessions in major subjects. The instrumental education consists of individual and group tuition. As a result, the number of contact hours with your teacher is almost doubled; at the same time, you learn how to reflect on your own evolvement and that of others. This is reflected in the results. You evolve at a faster pace, you encourage each other through constructive criticism, and you are setting an example to each other. Apart from that, there is an extensive chamber music programme, you participate in projects, master classes; you audition inside and outside Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (FHK).

What to expect from us

We educate our students to become pioneers in their field. Six core skills make up the pioneering attitude of our students: ensemble playing, self-management, interdisciplinarity, applied research, collective entrepreneurship, and international connectedness. Our professors are internationally renowned artists, who have the abilities to bring you to a higher level of artistry. In addition, a number of high-profile ensembles in residence will conduct extensive work with our students.

What do we expect from you

Studying music means working hard at doing something you love: music. You are musical, and have the academic skill set to pursue a Bachelor degree. We expect a high level of technical and musical ability on your instrument and, over the years, interest in working in projects with other musicians and artists. You are passionate, curious, and creative. You are ready to put your musical talent to work!

Which department am I in?

Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (48 months)

Tuition fees
€9,830.00 (8,63,048) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021


Tilburg Campus

Bs. Zwijsenstraat 11,



5038 VA, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: Minimum score TOEFL Paper 550 / TOEFL comp 213.

For international students

To be eligible as a prospective Bachelor degree program student, you must have been awarded a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. For the Bachelor of Music program at AMPA, the minimum English language proficiency required is as follows:

  • IELTS: 5,5
  • TOEFL paper: 525
  • TOEFL computer: 196
  • TOEFL internet: 70
  • TOEIC*: 620
  • Cambridge ESOL: FCE-C

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.