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Master’s Degree in Music Performance

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 7 and Spanish Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) Level 3 Degree.

Approval Certificate of the Master’s Degree



Why study the Master's Degree in Music Performance at Musikene?


Immerse yourself in artistic research and, if you wish, prepare for further doctoral studies.


Delve into the extended performance techniques so widely used in today's music.

Comprehensive training

Train in your instrument and in chamber music with the faculty that has made Musikene a European reference center.


Generate your personal project and learn how to record and disseminate it.


Schedules concentrated so that you can combine the Master with your professional activity outside Donostia - San Sebastián.


REGISTRATION: from 15th April to 15th May 2024
ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS: ONLINE, recordings sent 30th and 31st May, 2024
ACADEMIC CALENDAR: From the end of September 2024 to June 2025
PLACES OFFERED: 50 per academic year


Contact for further information:

Musikene. Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco (Higher Centre of Music of the Basque Country).
Europa Plaza no. 2
20018 Donostia-San Sebastián

Typology of the places:

Vocal or instrumental speciality No. of places offered
Piano 6
Singing 4
Violin 4
Viola 2
Cello 2
Double bass 2
Trumpet 2
Trombone 2
Horn 2
Tuba 2
Clarinet 2
Flute 2
Oboe 2
Bassoon 2
Saxophone 2
Percussion 2
Organ 2
Txistu 2
Accordion 2
Guitar 2
Harp 2
  • Number of credits of the qualification: 120 ECTS
  • Compulsory subjects: 86 ECTS
  • Optional subjects: 12 ECTS
  • External work experience: 5 ECTS
  • Dissertation: 17 ECTS
1st YEAR
COMP Soloist Repertoire I 26
COMP Professional development 5
COMP Extended instrumental techniques 3
OP Optional 1 6
DISS Methodology of research 5
COMP Chamber Music/Ensemble I 5
COMP Creation-Interpretation dialogue 5
P External project 5
2nd YEAR
COMP Soloist Repertoire II 21
COMP Chamber Music/Ensemble II 5
COMP Interdisciplinary Creation Projects 6
OP Optional 2 6
COMP Chamber Music/Ensemble III 5
COMP Recording and post-production techniques 5
DISS Dissertation 12
Contents and methodology

The Masters Degree is structured in five modules:

  • Speciality Module: this is a practical-instrumental module aimed at perfecting the performer. Taking individual instrument classes as its base, they are complemented by Chamber Music/Ensemble classes, according to the students’ own artistic projects reflecting their interests. It is conceived as a learning block with the speciality’s teaching staff, achieving an all-round preparation of the student, as a performer, in different facets (soloist, chamber music and ensemble) and contexts.
  • Compulsory Module: aimed at practical realities and the needs of the present-day performer. It covers subjects such as Professional Development, Creation-Interpretation Dialogue, which facilitates the discovery of composers and instruments in real situations; Extended Instrumental Techniques, which connects the students to the new music of the 20th and 21st centuries; and Recording and Post-production Techniques, with real work experience of recording, which means the students can end the Masters with a CD of their own, among others things.
  • Optional Module: allows the student to personalise their particular interests by means of the chance to choose optional subjects which complement and deepen instrumental practice from the theoretical point of view. Their aim is to broaden the perspective of students through the diverse approaches to fundamental aspects for the integration of music in the current global world.
  • External Work Experience Module: this presents the opportunity to acquire work and artistic experience via participation in concerts, in different groups, in different music cycles.
  • Dissertation Module: this allows the students to acquire competence appropriate to a Masters Degree, by means of the study of different research methods and techniques for the carrying out of a dissertation. The dissertation is closely related to the student’s musical project as a performer, in the Masters Final Concert.

Type of Teaching: classroom-based teaching.

One-to-one instrument classes.

Group classes of Chamber Music /Ensembles, which includes the preparation of a public concert project.

Group classes such as Recording Techniques, Creation-Interpretation Dialogue, Interdisciplinary Creation Projects, among others – in which students make contact with the current reality of the musician, thus preparing for their future professional life.

External work experience, in different groups, in the form of concerts in music cycles in the Basque Country. 

Group classes will be in Spanish and individual classes will be in the preferred language agreed between the teacher and student (Spanish, Basque, English or French).

We recommend a knowledge of English for bibliographic consultations.

The geographical origins of the teaching staff are very diverse and international, so they are bilingual to a large extent.

The school will facilitate the learning of different languages (Spanish, Basque, English, French and German) by means of its linguistic programme.

Access and admission
Selection process

Student selection will be carried out by means of online access tests and through previously sent videotapes.

Registration for access tests:

Registration dates: from 15th April to 15th May 2024

Interested persons must complete the registration form and send the following documentation to the Musikene address, or by email to

  1. Photocopy of National Identity Document, residence card, identity card or current passport.
  2. Academic transcript, showing gradings and examinations in all required subjects to access official Masters studies.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of motivation for taking this Masters and other merits which the candidate wishes to contribute.
Access tests:

Dates: 30th and 31st May, 2024


1) Performance of at least three works or fragments of the same, representative of different styles and periods, with a maximum duration of 20 minutes for all specialties. The repertoire will be videotaped (no edition or cuts allowed) and sent to Musikene following the instructions the candidates will receive once they have been admitted for the tests.

The works that require a piano accompaniment, should be performed with an accompanist.

2) Personal interview. The candidates admitted for the tests will answer to the questions received several days before the date of the test. The answers will be videotaped and sent to Musikene following the instructions received for such purpose.

Grading: Test 1: 80% / Test 2: 20%

The jury will be made up of three teachers from the school who are specialists in the discipline which is the object of the examination, and they will evaluate the artistic and technical skills of the candidates, their composition project and their communication skills and their degree of motivation to carry out the Masters.

Publication of results: 12 – 17 June, 2024

Access requirements

To be in possession of an official qualification in higher arts education, an official qualification or graduate degree or its equivalent from an institution of the European Higher Education Area or to finish the studies of the aforementioned qualification during the 2023/2024 academic year.

Likewise, students may also access the course with qualifications from educational systems outside the European Higher Education prior checking by the competent educational administration that they show an equivalent level of training.

Presentation of the qualification (or the receipt for payment of the rights to it) will be required upon enrolment. Those students who are currently undertaking the final year may submit this documentation at the end of it. In the latter case, such documentation should be submitted by October 15th, 2024.

Compulsory subjects

Soloist Repertoire I y II:

Chamber Music I, II, III: Instrument teachers, according to the student’s artistic project.

Ensemble I, II y III: José Luis Estellés

Professional development: Mª José Cano, Juan Solaguren; Guest teacher

Creation-Interpretation dialogue: Jesús Echeverría, Instrument and composition teachers

Interdisciplinary Creation Projects: Mª Eugenia Luc

Recording and post-production techniques: Juanan Ros

Extended instrumental techniques: Ramon Lazkano

External project: Gotzone Higuera



Optional subjects

Art and society: Itziar Larrinaga, Stefano Scarani

Inter-cultural dialogue and new audiences: Elix Etxebeste, Ana García Urcola, Gotzone Higuera

Creative and aesthetic thought of the 20th and 21st centuries: Elix Etxebeste

Enrolment and scholarships

The Masters Degree can be carried out in two years full-time, with matriculation of 60 ECTS per academic year, or part-time in three years, with a minimum matriculation of 45 ECTS in the first academic year. Each year, the matriculated credits during that academic year are paid.

Complete matriculation per academic year (60 ECTS): 5820 euros.

Payment will be made in 3 instalments:

  • a third at matriculation
  • the remaining amount in two halves, one in November and the other in February.

If you are a qualified ex-student of Musikene, you will enjoy a 15% discount on the price of matriculation.

Exclusive scholarships for Master’s programme students:
  • One “Igartza” scholarship of 3.000 euros: The city of Beasain will grant one scholarship of €3000 to a student registered in the Master’s programme in Performance (Orchestral studies, Music Performance or Jazz-Performance) selected by a panel specifically designed for this purpose. Selection will take place in autumn.
  • YAMAHA scholarship of 2.000 euros: Yamaha will grant one scholarship of €2000 to a student registered in the Musikene Master’s programme in Music Performance or Jazz-Performance selected by a panel specifically designed for this purpose. Selection will take place in autumn.
General grants:
  • Basque Government grants: Students resident in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country can gain access to the grants the Basque Government gives annually to carry out university studies and other higher studies.
  • Ministry of Education grants: Students residing outside the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country can gain access to general grants for those students carrying out post-compulsory education given annually by the Ministry of Education at:
  • The Royal Decree 1614/2009, of 26 October, establishes the regulation of higher artistic studies regulated by Organic Law 2/2006. Article 7 of this Royal Decree authorises higher artistic education centres to offer masters degrees.
  • Homologation of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.