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



Central to this specialisation are lessons in the main instrument and in ensemble. To guarantee an optimal learning experience, these are linked as much as possible. All the skills acquired during instrument lessons are actively applied in various ensembles. Classic training techniques dovetail directly with this. Concerts are regularly organised.

During the master years, students can choose from a number of instrument or more theoretically oriented courses. In this way, they can continue their personal development.

In addition, students are familiarized with processing information and the development of new ways of thinking. Thus, they come to reflect on their own music practice, resulting in a thesis as part of the integrated master project (lecture/performance).

This broad, multifaceted training offers many perspectives in different work environments. Tutors are prominent jazz musicians who are not only active on the jazz scene but also composing, arranging, producing.

Master programme

The master graduate project

For your master graduate project, you choose your own artistic project. You realize this work and present it to a jury of internal and external experts during a public presentation. You contextualize your work with a thesis with which you situate your work within or against existing literature and debates. This proves that you can orient yourself within the field of the chosen artistic discipline.

For your master's thesis, you can make use of technical support and productional assistance and you rely on the advice of the tutors. Nevertheless, with your master's thesis, you prove that you work to a large extent independently.

For master students in Jazz, this comprises of a performance. For the reflective component, and under the guidance of a promoter, a thesis is written about one aspect of one of the compositions they perform in the artistic component.

Masterclasses, symposia and intense practical experiences

Every year, the program organizes interesting masterclasses, workshops and clinics with external experts, renowned foreign instrumentalists, music therapists and pedagogues. Music practice is central to our campus. You not only make music during your practical lessons or self-study but also participate in our ensembles, choirs and orchestras and the prestigious artistic productions. These experiences transform you into a team player.

Cross overs

LUCA School of Arts is a biotope in which collaboration between students from different art disciplines is stimulated. This results in interesting crossovers and innovative artistic practices.


Confinement Blues
Written and arranged by Peter Hertmans


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. These tutors are prominent jazz musicians who are not only active on the jazz scene but also composing, arranging, producing… As a master student, you will take the lead but they will support you.

Teaching staff for main courses


Double Bass - Electric Bass Jos Machtel Louise van den Heuvel
Drums Dré Pallemaerts Gert-Jan Dreessen
Guitar Peter Hertmans  
Jazz Vocals Lynn Cassiers  Ariadne Van den Brande 
Piano Nicola Andrioli Alex Koo


Frank Vaganée Bo Van der Werf
Trombone Dree Peremans  
Trumpet Jean-Paul Estiévenart  

Other courses 


Art in Context Kris Cuppens Bart Geerts
  Matthias Heyman Lieven Van Ael
  Carl von Winckelmann  
Art Philosophy Peter De Graeve  

Ear training

Bart Van Caenegem  
Entrepreneurship Peter Anthonissen  
Harmony Peter Hertmans  Jos Machtel
Practical Harmony Bart Van Caenegem  
Music Analysis Peter Hertmans Jeroen D'hoe
Music History

Lieven Van Ael

Research coaching

Peter Anthonissen

Research in Performing Arts

Jeroen D'hoe


Gert-Jan Dreessen


"The entire team of lecturers at Lemmens has been extremely important in my musical development. Their dedication and motivation was contagious. They enjoyed studying and knowledge was shared among students. In such a spontaneous atmosphere, growing becomes effortless. When they started asking to play "real" concerts with them, I couldn't be happier.

A concrete example? During the holidays Frank and Ron enthusiastically decided to book a study trip to New York. I was allowed to join. We shared an apartment and listened to several concerts every day. Without realizing it, that turned out to be the stepping stone for my decision to move to New York to be able to grow musically. "

Facilities & campus life

Further studies and career

"At campus Lemmens I was taught the seriousness of music and made to understand the craft required for high-quality 'musicianship'. The location on the beautiful hill of the Lemmens exudes a rich history that still has an inspiring effect. A certain nostalgia and beautiful memories come to me when I get close ... "

Steven Delannoye

Starting as a professional musician

Studies show that 90% of Music graduates are at work within the year. As a master of Music, you can work in an orchestra or an ensemble as a conductor or composer. You can also develop an independent practice.

A job in education is also within the possibilities. As a music educator, you can also take different paths. You can teach, strengthen the educational service of, for example, an ensemble or work with vulnerable groups such as underprivileged young people in community centres.

Continue studying

Postgraduate Master of Music

LUCA-Campus Lemmens organises a two-year-long course of study. During this programme, you can prepare your entrance to the professional music world: learn repertoire useful for competitions or auditions, give two recitals during regular concert seasons, and deepen your understanding of musical interpretation through artistic research.

You can choose between three specialisations:
- Soloist
- Chamber Music (for already formed ensembles)
- Contemporary Music

Shortened educational master

Are you graduating as an artistic master and would you still like to become a teacher? Then you can opt for a shortened educational master's program. EDU by LUCA offers the opportunity to acquire your competencies in secondary and part-time art education at an accelerated pace. Students who take the shortened course of 60 credits sign up for a one-year full-time program. If you want to combine work and family, you can choose to spread the shortened route over two years. Edu bundles the (abbreviated) teacher training courses for secondary education offered by KU Leuven, LUCA School of Arts and VIVES.

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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