- You want to pursue your passion for playing the recorder and dream of a professional music career.
- You want to further develop your artistic expertise with the help of internationally renowned professors.
- You have the necessary knowledge and skills to pass the admission test.
With your degree in Recorder, you can become a freelance musician or play in an orchestra/ensemble. You can also continue studying and become an artist-teacher or perhaps an artistic researcher? This study programme is the preparation for a brilliant future both on and off stage.
Orchestra / Ensemble
Making music in a group format is important for your development and therefore compulsory during your studies. As a recorder player, you can join the HIPP orchestra.
Seminar & Masterclasses
Renowned guest professors from Belgium and abroad are invited to pass on their knowledge to you.
You will get the chance to study in a metropolis with both large concert halls as well as small jazz clubs, the ideal starting point for a professional music career. Your campuses are surrounded by beautiful cathedrals, trending coffee bars and green parks to unwind in.
The KCB focuses on the broad artistic formation of each individual. The lessons are based on direct interaction between teacher and student due to the small amount of students in each class. The great number of orchestral productions each year allows us to gain experience on the stage and learn the ins and outs of the greatest pieces is in music history.
After your study
Professional music career
With a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, you can choose many professional directions. Who knows, you might end up:
- in a (inter)nationally renowned orchestra or ensemble
- in the arts education field
- in the social artistic field
- at cultural institutions or governments as advisor or policy maker
Abbreviated bachelor's degree
After your bachelor, you can move on to a master's degree and even an additional master's degree in another instrument, through a abbreviated bachelor's degree. Postgraduates are also among the possibilities.
Verkorte Educatieve Master Muziek (only in Dutch)
Merk je tijdens je studie dat lesgeven iets voor jou is? Aan het KCB kan je ook een Verkorte Educatieve master Muziek volgen. Zo kan je meteen aan de slag als kunstenaar-leraar.
|Required Subjects||Ba1 (Credits)||BA2 (Credits)||BA3 (Credits)|
|Main instrument I, II, III||18||18||24|
|Chamber Music I, II, III||6||6||6|
|Repertoire study/sight reading 1, 2||3||3|
|Historical documentation 1, 2, 3||6||6||6|
|Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 1||3|
|Theory and ear training 1,2||4||4|
|Rhythm and intonation 1,2||5||5|
|Harmony and analysis 1,2||9||9|
|History of Music||6|
|Modules History of Music||6||6|
|Formal analysis 1||6|
|Posture and movement||3||3|
|History of culture||3|
|Required Subjects||MA1 (Credits)||MA2 (Credits)|
|Main instrument IV, V (Master exam)||27||30|
|Chamber Music 4, 5||9||12|
|Repertoire study/Sight reading 3||3|
|Historical documentation 4, 5||6||6|
|Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2||3|
|Study of sources/edition||6|
|Artistic Research Practices||3||6|
In order to develop your talents to the fullest you need a teacher that is capable to help and motivate you in the right way. Our teaching staff is world renowned and have years and years of experience both as performers but also as pedagogues.
Do you have any specific questions before you register for the admission tests? Would you like to meet your teacher before you take the big step? Below is a list of all teachers with contact information.
Peter Van Heyghen
Trained as a recorder player and singer, Peter Van Heyghen developed himself into an internationally renowned specialist on the Performance Practice of 16th, 17th and 18th century music. He performs as a soloist and with his chamber music ensembles More Maiorum and Mezzaluna. In addition, he is also very active as a conductor and teacher. He works on a regular basis with the Belgian Baroque Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble Il Gardellino and holds teaching positions at the Royal Flemish conservatoire of Brussels (KCB) and The Hague and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Furthermore, he is regularly invited worldwide as a guest conductor, to lead masterclasses and workshops, and to present lectures and papers.
For the moment, Peter Van Heyghen is also working on a PhD in the Arts, with the title The Performance of Early Seventeenth-Century Italian Recorder Music.
Recorder player Tomma Wessel focuses on performing early and contemporary music. She has been a guest at important venues and festivals. Her intensive collaborations with composers led to the creation of dozens of new compositions by Luc Brewaeys, Alvin Curran, Moritz Eggert, Helmut Oehring, Frederik Neyrinck, Frank Nuyts, Stefan Prins, Frederic Rzewski, Matthew Shlomowitz, Annelies Van Parijs, Christian Wolff and many others.
Tomma Wessel is co-founder of Apsara. As a member of The Letter Piece Company she regularly worked with dancer Shila Anaraki and composer Matthew Shlomowitz. She has performed with orchestras and ensembles such as Ex Tempore, Ictus, Musica Antiqua Köln, Champ d'Action, Prometheus-Ensemble, Spectra, and Het Vlaams Symfonieorkest.
In addition to her work at the KCB, she teaches contemporary recorder music at the CRB, as well as recorder and chamber music at the Kunstacademie De Poel in Ghent. After her studies at the Orpheus Institute Ghent/University of Leiden, she is now continuing her phd on contemporary recorder playing techniques at the VUB/KCB.
Contact Tomma Wessel:
Project in the spotlight
In the year 2021, KCB performed their New Year's concert digitally for the first time! In the concert << Das alte Jahr ist nun vergahn >> our HIPP department performed music by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). A wonderful project that still resonates.
Campus Regentschapsstraat & Kleine Zavel
Our campuses are located in the vibrant Sablon district right in the heart of Brussels. The Conservatoire's stately main building on the Regentschapsstraat with its magnificent Concert Hall is one of Brussel's landmarks. Around the corner is our campus on Kleine Zavel where you can attend classes and study in the best conditions. Moreover, you can use our premises to study during the week and at weekends.
How can I access the campuses?
Renovation of the main building
After years of negotiations, we are proud to announce that the plans for the renovation of our impressive main building on Regentschapsstraat have been approved. More info on this can be found here.
During your studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, you will come in contact with the world: after all, you study in Brussels, Europe's most cosmopolitan capital. KCB offers guest lectures by international professionals or by a professor from a foreign partner school, international projects,... we will train you to become a professional ready for tomorrow's increasingly international world.
Do you want to spend some time abroad yourself? You can! Studying for a semester (or academic year) at a partner university or doing an internship abroad, mais oui, of course! Find out more about internationalisation.
We welcome you to our many concerts, masterclasses and research days. Also come and listen to a caleidoscoop concert by our BA1 and BA2 students or our public exams. That way you can see what you would learn as a future KCB student. Every academic year, there are numerous productions in which our students perform. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay informed.
Enrolment & Admission Tests
To start your studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, you must pass an artistic admission test. For information on the entrance exams - such as dates, the programmes to prepare, the enrolment conditions/fees and the module to enrol - click on the button below.
For more information on this programme you can contact the student administration via firstname.lastname@example.org.