Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Organ 4474/3357/2425/1/87
Study guide

Organ 4

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Organ (focus Podium) within Instrumental/Vocal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 4
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Organ (focus Podium) within Instrumental / Vocal studies
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 21 credits
Co-ordinator: Proot Stephanie
Other teaching staff: Verheyen Bart
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 630,00 hours


previously registered for Organ 3.

Educational organisation (text)

- individual lessons
- group-focussed lessons or class activities

Supplemented with a selection from the following:

- rehearsals with piano accompaniment
- participation in masterclasses, lectures and lecture-recitals
- participation in student-concerts
- participation in projects organised by the Conservatoire
- concert attendance

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Achievement of the learning outcomes of the previous course unit.

Learning outcomes (list)

1.1 The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student can perform representative exam repertoire or works of the same level and demonstrates a personal vision as concerns that repertoire within the context of the master's dissertation.
1.2 The student masters the internationally used stylistic performance practice standards.
The student applies an advanced knowledge of style in performing the repertoire and makes clear and personal choices in doing so.
1.4 The student makes music in an artistic project in a creative manner.
The student demonstrates an advanced mastery of the musical parameters in a stylistically responsible and creative interpretation.
1.5 The student can move his or her public through the means of artistic dialogue.
The student carries the public along in his or her story and radiates self-confidence on the stage.
2.2 The student builds up expertise through organisation and independent study.
The student independently focuses on problem-solving when faced with (technical) problems or challenges.
2.3 The student can process musical structures through analysis and interpretation.
The student implements in his or her own performance practice the advanced knowledge of the various subject areas in the course unit and of external sources. The student can show personal insight in their plan of action or portfolio.
2.4 The student has acquired the correct playing techniques and posture.
The student has a healthy and functional posture when playing.
The student masters technical elements in relation to articulation and sound production.
2.5m The student is aware of the technical and technological developments within his or her discipline.
The student is confident with the contemporary technical and technological developments related to the instrument and performance practice.
The student can position him- or herself in an intercultural and international context.
The student can find his or her own path within an intercultural or international context.
4.1 The student has extensive knowledge of the broader cultural and (musical) historical context and can use this in his or her artistic practice.
The student can apply knowledge of historical-cultural context in performance practice.
4.2 The student has acquired a critical and inquiring attitude.
The student asks critically questions relating to performance practice.
4.3 The student can present orally and in writing the results of critical (self-)reflection.
The student applies knowledge from the various disciplines when self-reflecting on performance practice.

Course content

Read the vademecum Keyboard instruments
The curriculum will be determined in consultation with the principal teacher.

Teaching of the master's course is spread over two years.  Weekly lessons form the basis of the course. Students also attend the lessons of their fellow-students for further motivation. It goes without saying that this must not stand in the way of the strict individual treatment of certain problems. A flexible approach is used for this purpose.

Responsible performance practice and preparation for public performance is practised in the group lessons, in which a fully-prepared repertoire piece is performed and evaluated. Sight-reading is also practised in the group lessons, whereby students receive a piece earlier in the day to play for the class.
Concert visits are organised whenever the opportunity presents itself. Every year a study trip takes place: this is a practical element which takes the form of a project over the course of a week at an external location. This study trip is first and foremost a work trip: one of the main organ varieties will be intensively studied and played. The organ lessons themselves are taken on various instruments. This is an absolute necessity for readiness for post-study, professional life.  

Over the years, the Conservatoire has had instruments at its disposal whose range and quality put them at  the top of Europe. To this end, the Conservatoire has agreements with various churches in and around Antwerp, such as the cathedral with its 2 organs (a Schijven 4 -manual organ from 1891 and a Metzler 3-manual organ from 1993), Sint-Laurentius church (3-manual organ), a Walcker from the Protestant church (a 2-manual organ from 1905). In addition, the Conservatoire's study organ is available for students 24 hours a day. For reasons of accessibility, this is located in the chapel of the Sint-Laurentius church, 5 minutes' walk from the Conservatoire.    

Study material (text): Mandatory

- Scores, study books and recordings (see the statement of the principal teacher)
- Scores of the exam programme. The exam programme is to be determined in consultation with the principal teacher.
- Suitable instrument

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Collaborative learning30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours570,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00