Specialization in the international Master of Music
120 ECTS / 2 year
Campus Leuven / Lemmens

Classical performance

The Classical Performance Programme trains you as a performing musician. The curriculum offered is flexible, allowing you to put together an individual study programme according to your strengths and interests.


What does the programme look like?

If you are not yet sure of your own profile, our teachers and programme counsellors will help you discover it. Once you have chosen a specific profile, you can still set your own emphases. After all, from year to year, you compose a large part of your individual study programme.

If you want to know more about which subjects you will be taking, take a look at the education offer with study guide for content and credits for bachelor and master.

From the academic year 2022-2023, LUCA School of Arts, Campus Lemmens will offer a new Master's curriculum in Music.

The master's thesis

The master's thesis consists of two self-selected artistic projects: a recital and a research-based recital. You present both recitals to a jury of internal and external experts during a public presentation. You substantiate and contextualise it with a thesis that situates your work within or against existing literature and debates. With this, you prove that you can orient yourself within the field of your artistic discipline. With your master's thesis, you prove that you work largely independently. From your first master's year onwards, you work on your research project with support from your main subject teacher and thesis supervisor.

Inspiration for your master's thesis

Masterclasses, symposiums and intense practical experiences

Every year, LUCA Music organises interesting master classes and workshops with external experts and renowned national and international musicians.

Music practice takes centre stage on our campus. You not only make music during your practical lessons or self-study, but also participate in our ensembles, choirs and orchestras and our prestigious artistic productions. These experiences shape you into a team player.


LUCA School of Arts is a habitat in which collaboration between students of different arts disciplines is encouraged. This creates interesting crossovers and innovative artistic practices. Students can also take optional subjects from all LUCA programmes, ranging from film or photography to graphic design or interior design to product design or sculpture.

General Part

All students within the Classical Performance Programme take subjects such as main instrument, chamber music and ensemble.

New from 2022-2023 is the Professional Toolkit. In this 6-credit course, students are strongly oriented to the future professional practice of a musician. You gain insight into the organisational, financial and social aspects of professional practice. You acquire additional skills that you can apply in future practice. Within this subject, students choose a combination of compulsory and freely selectable components such as Entrepreneurship, Performance psychology, Scenic awareness or an internship at the production office, etc.


Students can deepen their knowledge within their own specialisation/degree course or broaden their knowledge by taking electives within and other degree courses. Elective courses such as (Practical) Harmony, Introduction to Arts Education are complemented by 7 semester-organised workshops - of 6 credits from which the student can choose. A number of minors (fixed package) are also offered within that elective. 


For students with an interest in one of the other programmes, a series of minors of 12 credits each is now also offered within the Music Master's elective. For example, a piano student can study composition or a composition student can study conducting, etc.

International Traineeship

In the new curriculum, it is also possible to redeem short international experiences in 3, 6, 9 or 12 credits.


Within the Music majors, students can use (at least) 12 credits per master year within the electives. They choose 1 or 2 of the following 7 new ateliers (of 6 credits).

Cross-Campus Electives

Students will have the opportunity to take (elective) courses from another programme at one of LUCA School of Arts' campuses.

"I came for my main subject teacher, but stayed with LUCA for everything else."

Emiel Vertongen, student cello


Your personality and your ambitions are the starting point in our music training. Your teachers are not teachers who impose working methods, but coaches who help you devise your own solutions and tell your own story. For them, there is no better challenge than to support and inspire you. As a master student you will take the lead and they will support you.

Other courses

Art in Context Kris Cuppens Bart Geerts
  Matthias Heyman  
Art Philosophy Peter De Graeve  
Chamber Music Ludwig Albert Ilse Eerens
  Nadine Bal Elisa Kawaguti
  Nico Baltussen Christel Kessels
  Philippe Benoit Jaap Kruithof
  Lin Ching-Cheng João Carlos Victor
  Griet Cornelis Benny Wiame
  Geert De Bièvre  
Choir Kurt Bikkembergs  
Ear Training Jos De Rijck Bart Van Caenegem
Early Music (Atelier) Bart Spanhove  
Folk Music (Atelier) Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven  
Harmony Geert Van der Straeten Kris Wittevrongel
  Lut Verbeke  
Music Analysis  Peter Hertmans Jeroen D'hoe
Music History Matthias Heyman  
New Music (Atelier) Geert De Bièvre  
Opera Thomas Blondelle  
Orchestra Ivan Meylemans Michel Tilkin 
Orchestral Instruments (Atelier) Michel Tilkin   
Percussion Ensemble Lin Ching-Cheng  
Piano accompanist Rita Degraeuwe Filip Martens
  Axel Freier

Michaël Mannes

  Paul Hermsen Dorenda Notermans
  Peter Jeurissen Roeland Vermeulen
  Alexios Lizos

Hilde Persyn

Practical Harmony Marc Deckers  
Professional Toolkit  Peter Anthonissen Bart Spanhove
Research in Performing Arts Jeroen D'hoe  
Rhythm  Tom Pipeleers   
Saxophone Ensemble Tom De Haes  
Scenic Awareness for singers (Atelier) Jos Verlinden  
Transposition Jeroen Vanbever

Facilities & campus life

Further studies and career

On campus Lemmens, I have been able and allowed to develop myself very broadly. All aspects of being a musician were nurtured and challenged. I have also grown enormously on a personal level, with trial and error. The strong and fast reading basis that I got there, has also given me many advantages later on as a performing artist.

Astrid Stockman

As a Master in Music your options are diverse. As an entrepreneur-artist you can create solo and chamber music projects, find your way to theatre and production houses or you can look forward to a brilliant future as an arranger, composer, programmer or conductor. As a performing musician, you are ready to participate in auditions from renowned orchestras and ensembles.

As an educational artist, you have teaching qualifications in Part-time Art Education (DKO), other forms of education, non-formal art education and social-artistic work. If this is your chosen path you should definitively check our shortened Educational Master.

I entered the Lemmens with a clear goal: to become a trombone player in an orchestra. And I have effectively been given all the things that should have enabled me to do this. But it has gone in a different direction in the music industry. What I especially remember and still use today is the network around the Lemmens. There was and is an openness to look beyond walls. It might be a quip, but what I learned in the cafeteria and at the student club are at least as important (and fun) as the love for and knowledge of music that the staff gave me.

Bart Van der Roost

Application & entry requirements

Enrollment procedure

The application and enrollment procedure at LUCA School of Arts consists in general of three steps.

  1. First you will have to submit an online Admissions application in which you will be asked to upload certain documents required for the Admissions’ diploma and language check. We will be checking if you meet with the diploma and language requirements.
  2. The second step continues with your participation in a Master Assessment.
  3. Step three is the final and binding (online) registration (for which you will receive a unique registration link after succeeding the Master Assessment).

Let's meet

Visit us on campus

Are you curious about our approach to Music & Drama education? During our try out week, you will get all the information you need, visit the campus participate in classes and one of our classes, ... 

Still not convinced visit us during the open campus day. During this, on-campus micro festival you can experience first hand how good our students really are.

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