Amsterdam, Netherlands

Minding Music, Making Sound

when 3 August 2019 - 17 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1150

Incorporating artistic arguments into otherwise rational thinking is an essential prerequisite for understanding ‘how art works’, and this is why this course is highly interesting not only for music (and other art) students, but also for academic/university students interested in (re)thinking how music (and art in general) ‘works’.

The course provides clues by focussing on music, and, consequently, on sound as the basis for any kind of music. As part of this approach, you will practise making music, listening to music and discussing music.
Attending all classes is mandatory for both academic and artistic students. This way music students will have a critical audience during their masterclasses, and academic students can, during lectures and other workshops, expect their perspectives on music (art) to be challenged by the music students.
As pipe organs are outside the realm of leading music cultures, in much the same way as music has always been different from the other arts, the Orgelpark is the perfect venue for this course. The Orgelpark is in fact VU Amsterdam’s musical laboratory during this course.

Course leader

Prof. J. Fidom

Target group

Any university student interested in music, School of Music organ/keyboard students. Anyone interested in how music – or art in general – ‘works’ is warmly invited to join this course. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

At the end of this course you will:
• have a better understanding of the time aspect of music and art;
• have a clearer idea of what it means to conceive the world by perceiving it using your senses (specifically listening);
• understand how musicological and other art-related research can be used to improve music-making and enhance the experience of listening to music;
• be able to contribute to current debates on the role of art in a society that is in danger of derailment due to ‘dataïstic’ structures (read Harari’s dark book ‘Homo Deus’).

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
If you want to earn more credits you can take courses in our other sessions to create a 4 or 6 week programme.

Fee info

EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes:
• Airport pick-up service
• Welcome goodie bag
• Orientation programme
• Course excursions
• On-site support
• Emergency assistance
• Transcript of records after completion of the course

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply and pay before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

There are also discounts for students who attend multiple sessions, combine 2 courses and receive a €200 discount and combine 3 to receive a €300 discount. All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information about these scholarships can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School websi