The Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Gent offer a Masters courses in baroque and classical clarinet, within the department of Early Music. The course lasts two years.
The course is taught in close collaboration with the classes in applied theory taught within the Early Music department, allowing students to gain a comprehensive training in artistic, practical and theoretical skills alongside general and cultural skills.
Alongside the weekly group and individual, instrumental and chamber music classes, each year students also participate in projects organised by the early music clarinet class (open class, wind instrument fair, master-classes) and by the department (colloquia, concerts, seminars, orchestra sessions, conferences organised by the department). The course also includes classes in reading, theory and writing. By the end of their studies, students should have gained a solid foundation for their instrumental technique, and have demonstrated the necessary basis to develop their own musical personality. They will have established a method of working on their instrument, alongside tools for intellectual work which allow them to approach different styles and develop an appropriate way to perform them.
Students can then build on this solid foundation during the Masters program, allowing them to further develop their specific approach to their instrumental and artistic work, in particular work as a soloist. This culminates in the realization of a personal artistic project at the end of their studies. During this second cycle, or masters program, chamber music grows in importance, and leads students to develop links to the professional world (concerts, recordings…). Students regularly take part in ambitious projects, thanks to the artistic partnerships.