Composition

The Composition programme is aimed at composers and songwriters who see themselves as future innovators in the field of popular music as a contemporary artistic expression.

The programme takes its starting-point in the student's vision, and aims to further develop the individual's artistic and educational profile. The student becomes part of a diverse and inspirational learning environment in which teachers, tutors and fellow students stimulate and challenge the student's development. The programme takes the form of a mixture of scheduled classes and intense project periods, and via the Conservatory’s extensive cooperation with external partners in Denmark and abroad, students obtain access to an extensive professional network that will enhance their future employment opportunities as composers or songwriters, educators and entrepreneurs in a changing music industry.

The Bachelor programme in Composition has two special subject areas:

1. Instrumental/electronic Composition
Besides composition, applicants for this specialisation will focus within the course on acoustic and electronic arrangement. The specialisation is aimed at composers of electronic music and composers who work with arrangements for various ensembles.

2. Songwriting
Besides composition, applicants for this specialisation will focus within the course on writing song lyrics. The specialisation is aimed at songwriters.

how do I apply?

Read more about it on this page. Read the text under “APPLICATION” and “ENTRANCE EXAMINATION” thoroughly, before applying. The website is open for applications from 1 October 2018 at 00:00 until 3 December 2018 at 23:59.

Read the general information about the application process HERE

Application

WHO CAN APPLY?

In addition to possessing talent and a deep passion for instrumental/electronic composition or songwriting, you must have written a sufficient number of works, and thereby acquired an adequate amount of experience and insight, to enable a personal artistic expression to be perceptible in the applicant at the entry examination.

You must be able to take responsibility for your own learning process, and be able to work independently, but also be open to cooperation with others. You should in general be open to experimentation, so as to discover new aspects of yourself as an artist. All genres and styles are welcome.

The entrance examination at RMC is not coordinated with programmes at other academies of music. You are welcome to seek admission to several academies.

You can apply for several programmes at RMC simultaneously, but the entry examinations are not coordinated.

WHERE TO APPLY

You must apply online through RMC's Varbi Admission system.
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. You do not have to submit physical copies of the application. What is required in the application, is described below and in the application form itself.

WHAT SHOULD THE APPLICATION CONTAIN?

Criteria for the submitted music
The music which you are requested to upload in your application, must meet some special requirements. They are listed below:

Artistic responsibility
You bear the artistic responsibility for the overall expression of the individual works. This means that the composition cannot be separated from the arrangement and production. Some compositions work best in a simple arrangement, e.g. for guitar and voice, while others require a production rich in arrangement detail. Similarly, some compositions require something special of the musicians/singers, while this is less relevant in other works. Some compositions can best be documented by recording them with, for example, a Dictaphone, while others need to be recorded in a professional recording studio.

Compositional responsibility
During the study programme, you must be able to compose independently without help from others. Accordingly, the compositions and any lyrics you submit must be written solely by you. You are welcome to make use of musicians and sound engineers on the submitted works, but you bear the full responsibility for the final production and arrangement. If you lack experience in production and arrangement, submit a simpler recording with limited instrumentation.

Instrumental and vocal skills
Most applicants perform themselves on the recorded material, but this is not a requirement. Neither is it necessary for you to be able to play an instrument or sing in order to apply. We are for example happy to admit applicants who work exclusively on the computer.

Lyrics for special subject area Songwriting

You can submit songs with lyrics in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English. Songs written in other languages ​​will not be considered.

In the application form you will be asked to answer the following:

  • What are your artistic and professional goals? (Max 1000 keystrokes)

  • How do you feel the study programme can help you achieve your artistic and professional goals? (Max 500 keystrokes)

  • Explain your artistic reflexions on the submitted works. (Max 2400 keystrokes)

  • Which of the activities mentioned in your CV have been most important for you? Explain why. Specify your personal duties and fields of responsibility. (Max 1000 keystrokes)

  • Which music tools (software/instruments) do you master? (Max 500 keystrokes)

In the application form you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Music. If the submitted works are excerpts from compositions, you must state this in the submitted list of credits. 
    Special subject area Instrumental/electronic composition
    Two works composed, arranged and produced by you only. Any kind of co-write is not allowed. (total duration max 10 minutes. Format: mp3).
    Special subject area Songwriting
    Two works composed, arranged and produced by you only. The works must contain lyrics which must be written by the applicant only. Any kind of co-write is not allowed. (total duration max 10 minutes. Format: mp3).

  • Scores & lyrics
    Special subject area Instrumental/electronic composition
    Scores or other graphic notation of the submitted works, if notation is part of the working process.
    Special subject area Songwriting
    Lyrics in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English. Songs written in other languages ​​will not be considered.

  • List of credits with precise specification of your own role and, if applicable, the role of any others in relation to the submitted works.

  • Short CV describing your experience as a composer/songwriter. (Max 1 A4 page)

Other submitted material will not be considered in the assessment.

APPLICATION FEE

Applicants for a bachelor programme at RMC must pay an application fee of 500 DKK. The fee covers part of the costs associated with the entrance examination, and is non-refundable after the application deadline.

You pay by card via an online payment solution at Varbi Admission, after filling in the application form. RMC will not cover any fees associated with the payment.

DEADLINE 

The deadline for applications is 1 December at 23:59 CET. If this date is a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the deadline will be at 23:59 CET on the next weekday.

It is important that you have paid the 500 DKK application fee before the deadline. Failing to do so means that your application is not valid and will not be considered.

Entrance examination

Timeline

  • Information meeting at RMC: 7 November 2018
  • Deadline for applications in Varbi Admission: 3 December at 23:59 CET
  • Entrance examination, 1st round: Late December 2018/early January 2019. You are not present
  • Outcome of the 1st round: Call for 2nd round or not through no later than 11 January 2019 by email
  • Entrance examination, 2nd round: 23-24 January 2019
  • Outcome of 2nd round: Admission or rejection 10 april 2019 by email
  • Start of study: Monday 19 August 2019

WHO IS SELECTED FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

All who apply for admission to the Bachelor programme in Composition, will have their applications assessed at the first round of the entrance examination.

FORM AND CONTENT OF THE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination for the bachelor programme in Composition takes place in two rounds.

At the 1st round, an assessment panel will assess the submitted works and the related enclosures (list of credits, reflections on the submitted works, scores/lyrics). You are not present.

2nd round consists of a combined presentation of a work and an interview.

1ST ROUND

At the 1st round of the entrance examination, an assessment panel consisting of three examiners will listen to the submitted works and read the related enclosures. You are not present.

ASSESSMENT AFTER THE 1ST ROUND

After the first round, an overall assessment is undertaken, based on:

  • Your ability to create music, borne by an independent artistic expression.

  • To which extent you possess skills in composition or songwriting and other relevant musical skills, necessary to realize your music and artistic expression.

  • Your ability to reflect on your own practice – including the ability to describe the artistic intention behind the submitted works. Why do you compose as you do? What makes your compositions unique? How do your works fit into the contemporary scene? What should the admission panel especially listen for?

You will be assessed according to a 100 point scale, which is a subdivision of the Danish 7 step grading scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 in the Danish 7 step grading scale, is required to pass the audition.

The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.

SELECTION AFTER THE 1ST ROUND

On the basis of the assessment, a number of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round of the entrance examination. This group is usually three times larger than the number of applicants who can be admitted to the programme.

The first round must be passed in order for the applicant to proceed to the second round.

All applicants will receive an e-mail about the outcome of the 1st round. Applicants who are selected to advance to the 2nd round of the entrance examination will be notified in the e-mail of the time at which the examination will be held.

All applicants, who are not through to the second round, are offered a short telephone feedback from the internal examiner from the entrance examination.

2ND ROUND – PRESENTATION & INTERVIEW

The 2nd round of the entrance examination consists of a presentation of musical works followed by an interview.

Work Presentation
You must bring along and present two recorded works, meeting the following criteria:

Special subject area: Instrumental/ Electronic Composition
Works that have been composed, arranged and produced entirely by yourself.

Special subject area: Songwriting
Works with lyrics which have been written, composed, arranged and produced entirely by yourself. Both works must include lyrics.

  • Total duration max. 10 minutes. If the composition is an excerpt from a longer work, you must make this clear.

  • You must bring the works on a USB key in the file format WAV, AIFF or MP3, so that they can be played on the examiners’ computer.

  • The works must not be identical with the works you uploaded in your application, and which were assessed in the first round.

  • You are only allowed to play two works, i.e. you cannot play extracts from other works.

  • You are not allowed to perform the works live during the presentation.

  • Furthermore, the same guidelines apply as previously mentioned in the section on Criteria for submitted the music.

Interview
The interview is based on the work presented, the written application, the submitted CV and the two works submitted for the 1st round assessment. You get an opportunity to describe in detail and place into perspective your technical and artistic profile, professional goals and motivation for seeking admission to the programme. Duration: 10 minutes.

The presentation and the interview are carried out alone for a panel of three examinators. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the presentation or interview.

ASSESSMENT AFTER THE 2ND ROUND

After the presentation and interview, an overall assessment is undertaken, based on: 

  • Your artistic and compositional competencies.

  • Your ability to reflect upon own practice.

  • Your ability to develop and realise artistic projects, independently and in collaboration with others.

You will be assessed according to a 100 point scale, which is a subdivision of the Danish 7 step grading scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 in the Danish 7 step grading scale, is required to pass the audition.

The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.

AFTER THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

ADMISSION

On the basis of the results of the entrance examination’s 1st and 2nd round, the best-qualified applicants are admitted to the programme. If several applicants are equally well-qualified, factors such as the requirements of the music business may be included in the Conservatory’s decision on who to admit.

Ten students are usually admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of places, the Conservatory may be obliged to reject some applicants even if they have passed the entrance examination.

You will receive an e-mail in the beginning of April informing you of whether or not you have been admitted.

All applicants, who are not offered a study place, are offered a short telephone feedback from the internal examiner.

WAITING LIST

A limited number of applicants who are qualified for admission, but who have not been admitted due to a lack of places available, may be offered a place on a waiting list. In the period up to 1 June, applicants on the waiting list may be offered admission.

ILLNESS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Illness must be documented by medical certificate if you wish to have the opportunity to take a make-up examination. The Conservatory must be in receipt of the medical certificate no later than three days after the examination has been held. The Conservatory will determine the date of any make-up examination, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible. It will not be possible to take the make-up examination at other times than those announced by RMC. You are responsible for paying the cost of the medical certificate.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION LANGUAGE

The entrance examination is normally conducted in Danish. Foreign applicants may however take the entrance examination in English.

Programme structure

The Bachelor study programme in composition corresponds to 180 ECTS points, equivalent to three years of full-time study at 1,620 working hours per year. A year of full-time study includes all work connected with the study programme, including classes, independent study, examinations and all other study-related activities.

The programme aims to develop the student’s artistic expression and professional qualifications to enable the students to create and communicate an independent artistic expression, and to develop and practise artistic-based teaching.

The study programme has a focus on providing for the student's own ideas and practice with the best conditions for expression, in a study environment that encourages experimentation, investigation and an open working process. The teaching covers such areas as the artistic idea, storytelling, writing lyrics in Danish and English, composition, arrangement, instrumentation, production and – for songwriters – lyrics writing in Danish and English.

The teaching alternates between individual projects and joint learning, and aims to provide learning that as far as possible is tailored to the individual student, but at the same time builds upon on a common platform for production, discussion, criticism and the exchange of experience.

The subject Artistic Development Work - in which the student, in a process and product-oriented practice, develops an independent artistic expression - has a central placement in the programme.

The teaching is mainly provided within a particular year group; however, subjects and projects may also be provided in classes made up of students drawn from various years and/or study programmes.

The programme concludes in a Bachelor project, in which the student writes, produces and communicates his or her own works via a studio recording and a public performance.

The table below shows how the subjects and ECTS points are distributed in the programme.

Study Plan, Composition

SUBJECT

1st SEM.

2nd SEM.

3rd SEM.

4th SEM.

5th SEM.

6th SEM.

ECTS PER SUBJECT

Artistic Development Work

12.5

12.5

12.5

12.5

20

 

70

Bachelor Project

       

 

20 

20

Music Education & Learning

7.5

7.5

7.5

7.5

 

 

30

Specialisation: Composition/Songwriting 

2,5

2,5

2,5

2,5

5

20

Composition

5

5

5

5

 

 

20

Art and Culture Studies

2,5

2,5

2,5 2,5

 

 

10

Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

 

5

10

ECTS, TOTAL

30

30

30

30

30

30

180

 

You can read more about the objectives and structure of the programme in the programme curriculum, where you will also find detailed descriptions of the individual subjects – click on the link to the right, or on the individual subjects in the table above.

The programme is a full-time programme of study, and attendance at tuition is compulsory.  The language of instruction is usually Danish, but teachers may provide teaching in English to individuals or small groups as necessary.  Teaching given by guest teachers, or in connection with study tours, will however typically be provided in English.

During the course of studies it is optional to apply for exchange studies at a foreign conservatoire or for self-planned studies abroad.

The bachelor programme Composition provides the students with a foundation for further studies at Master´s level at a Danish or a foreign conservatoire. RMC offers the Masters´s programmes Music Performance, hereunder European Jazz Master and Nordic Master: The Composing Musician, as well as Music Creation and Music Education 

Career opportunities

Søren Stenager, dimitteret i 2013


Hvor arbejder du i dag?
Mit arbejdsliv søger en balance imellem store kunstneriske drømme og en hverdagsrealisme. Det vil sige, at jeg arbejder som underviser, mixer og skriver musik til film, reklamer og dokumentarer. Som komponist til billeder er jeg i høj grad en tjener for en arbejdsgiver, hvor jeg søger at skabe et produkt, der er i tråd med dennes ønsker og visioner. Sideløbende med dette har jeg mere personlige projekter, som er mere åndeligt motiveret. Det handler om at bevæge og berige, samle og forene med musik som medium for dette. Så der er et åndedræt imellem, at der skal være et økonomisk overskud, og jeg stadig nærer det indre barn som tror på musikkens uendelige evne til at berøre. Midlerne fra de serviceorienterede projekter giver luft under vingerne til de mere kunstfærdige, hvor håndværket som kræves for at løse de serviceorienterede projekter siver ind i de kunstfærdige. Så det er smukt lille kreativt økosystem, som jeg kalder mit arbejdsliv. Kodeordet er balance, og denne er meget vigtig for mig. 

Hvorfor valgte du at studere Sangskrivning?
Jeg søgte ind på sangskrivning, fordi det ikke var muligt for mig at lade være med at skrive musik. Det var en beslutning, der kom fra hjertet. Den var båret af passion. På uddannelsen havde jeg frihed til opbygge og nedbryde mig selv uafhængigt af et arbejdsmarkeds forventninger. Jeg skabte en lille bobbel for mig selv, hvor jeg kunne studerer Wagner i det ene semester og Aphex Twin i det næste. Jeg valgte også sangskrivning, fordi jeg havde svært ved at anskue mig selv som musiker. Det var i høj grad også den kunstneriske del af musikken som tiltrak mig. Jeg havde en intuitiv fornemmelse af, at jeg ville kunne få plads til den på denne uddannelse.

Hvordan ser en typisk arbejdsuge ud for dig?
Det varierer meget. Jeg prøver at holde fokus på relativt få projekter ad gangen, fordi det fungerer bedst i forhold til min kreativitet, som kan være meget “immersive”. En arbejdsmåned vil ofte variere imellem deadlines til reklame-bureauer og filmprojekter, mix og produktionsopgaver for andre artister, arbejde på egne udgivelser og undervisning. Samtidig tror jeg meget på værdien af hvile og at kultivere indre ro. Det fokuserer min kreativitet og understøtter min højeste intention, om at være et kærligt og rummeligt menneske i både medgang og modgang.

Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik ud af uddannelsen?
Jeg lærte, at der er en direkte sammenhæng i mellem min væren og mit kunstneriske virke. Det gik gradvist op for mig, at musikken afspejlede min bevidsthed. Det var et stort spejl, som ændrede sig, når jeg ændrede mig. På den helt store klinge blev det et studie i min egen bevidsthed og åbnede en portal op for andre bevidsthedstudier såsom meditation. På den lille klinge var det et kreativt forsker-rum, hvor jeg fik mulighed for at fejle og for at finde min egen stemme. Socialt gav det mig mulighed for at møde ligesindende som havde den samme ild indeni som jeg. Særligt mødet med medstuderende, lærere og mentorer gjorde, at jeg fik substantiel kritik, når jeg manglede visioner eller blot gentog mig selv. Hele denne oplevelse kultiverede et eget ansvar for min egen læring og for min musik. Et ansvar som jeg har taget med mig videre i arbejdslivet.

Jonas Villumsen, graduated 2013


Where do you work today?
I work as a musician and songwriter, performing as well as teaching.

What does a typical working week look like for you?
A typical week consists of me trying to pack too many musical activities into a small amount of calendar space. That applies both to my work as a teacher and as a performing artist, with all that that implies of time spent in studios, rehearsal rooms, concerts, e-mails and coffee meetings.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
I received a much better picture of myself as a songwriter. The programme helped to make me more aware of my own form of expression, and how I could refine it. My musical perspective was also broadened considerably by the encounter with my teachers and fellow students. And I also gained a fantastic network.

How do you see the future for songwriters?
The future for songwriters looks more confusing and more exciting than ever. The boundaries between artist, producer and songwriter are now virtually non-existent, which offers some great opportunities, but also requires you to keep a steady hand and think out of the box. 

Graduates of the Songwriter programme are typically engaged in writing songs for their own bands/projects, or for other artists, publishers, film or television, etc. Songwriters often work on a freelance basis in a market that is rapidly changing and highly competitive, but where there is also a growing need for content providers who can supply original material of high quality. The employment opportunities depend on both market fluctuations in the business and on the priorities of cultural policy, and may therefore vary a great deal.

Teachers

Below, please find a list of teaching staff on the programme in the fall semester 2018, permanent academic staff as well as contract teachers.

RMC prioritizes diversity in terms of genre and fields of expertise when the entire group of teachers is composed.

As a student, you are offered a wide spectrum of professional impulses from permanent teaching staff as well as from contract and external teachers.

Within the core subjects of the programme, the teaching performed by the permanent staff will normally not exceed more than two thirds of the total number of teaching hours.

In relation to special courses, projects and similar activities, you will have the opportunity to meet a large number of external teachers.

Artistic Development Work:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Anders Mathiasen

Lars Greve

Nis Bysted Andersen

Jacob Anderskov

Torben Snekkestad

 

Special Subject:

Rune Glerup

Pablo Llambias

Marcus Winther-John

Lars Greve

 

Music Education and Learning:

Malene Bichel

Nana Jacobi

Jens Skou Olsen

Torben Westergaard

Gustav Rasmussen

Lars Brinck

 

Composition:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Cæcilie Trier

Simon Toldam

Anders P. Jensen

Jacob Anderskov

 

Cultural and Business Studies:

Carolina Eccheveri

Anna Ullman

Henrik Marstal

Christian Taagehøj

 

Electives:

August Wanngren, Niklas Schack, Diana Tørsløv, Jacob Eriksen, Morten Büchert, Lars Greve, Marcus Winther-John, Jeppe Zeeberg, Rasmus Kjærgaard, Kresten Osgood, Anders Banke, Mads Emil Nielsen, Thorsten Høeg, Pablo Llambias, Flemming Agerskov, Jeppe Just, Kasper Tranberg & Marc Facchini-Madsen.

Study Programme (BMus C)

About RMC

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) is an educational institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture and works on a non-commercial basis. RMC was founded in 1986 as the first music academy in Europe to specialize in contemporary rhythmic music.

 

RMC offers the highest education in contemporary rhythmic music - a multifaceted concept that embraces widely diverse genres such as rock, pop, jazz, urban, metal and electronic music.

 

Contemporary rhythmic music is a creative and performative art that builds upon a solid foundation in professional and cultural traditions.

 

At RMC contemporary rhythmic music means openness, curiosity, diversity and a critical position.

RMC Vision Statement 2019-2022

RMC is a pioneer in the study, practice and development of contemporary music.

 

At RMC, students and staff thrive in a creative atmosphere of inspiring exchange and inventive inquiry.

 

RMC educates future innovators in music who enrich artistic and cultural experience in the world.

 

Informed by deep knowledge and upon a foundation of highly developed skills, graduates install themselves in society and actualize potentials in a wide network of relations, both locally and globally.

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk