Music Creation

The Master’s in Music Creation is a two-year programme that provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the further development of your artistic profile in the area of music creation – composition, songwriting or music production. The programme focuses on creating musical works, and you are to a large extent able to shape the programme in accordance with your artistic profile and development. The programme offers plenty of opportunity for you to hone your skills as a creative, performing musician and to develop new ideas through an inquiring practice. You will have access to individual guidance related to your educational goals; you can get involved in collaborative projects across RMC’s own programmes as well as at other artistic schools at Holmen, Copenhagen; and as a part of the programme, you must organize a self-planned external semester. The programme also place emphasis on developing your entrepreneurial skills, and will give you direct access to RMC’s extensive national and international networks.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can read about this and much more under APPLICATION and ENTRANCE EXAMINATION below.

Timeline for the application process: important dates

  • Online application opens: 3 January 2022
  • Deadline for online application: 21 February 2022 at 12:00 CET
  • 1st round: 28 Februar - 4 March 2022. You are not present
  • Outcome of the 1st round: 8 March 2022 by email
  • Deadline for uploading material for 2nd round: 18 March 2022 at 12:00 CET
  • 2nd round: 28 March - 1 April 2022. You attend the exam online
  • Outcome of 2nd round: 20 April 2022 by email
  • Start of study: 15 August 2022

Read the general information about the application process HERE

Application

WHO CAN APPLY?

You must either have passed the Bachelor programme Music Performance, Composition or Music Production at RMC or possess a relevant bachelor’s degree from another Danish or foreign academy of music. The Conservatory may accept other similar artistic based bachelor's degrees in music as a qualification for entrance examination.

Please note that only a limited number of students can be admitted to the master’s programmes at the Conservatory each year, so the applicants will be selected on the basis of abilities and skills.

WHERE TO APPLY

You must apply online through Studieoptag
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. 

WHAT SHOULD THE APPLICATION CONTAIN?

You will be requested to answer the following questions:

  • What are your artistic goals/visions? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What skills do you think you need to develop in order to achieve your goals? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What knowledge do you consider necessary in order to achieve your goals? And how do you work to develop your knowledge? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Please give 2-3 examples of projects (subject/content, project type) that you would consider working on during the programme (500-1000 keystrokes)

You will be asked to upload a personal portfolio (Portfolio 1):

  • Music: Please upload 2-3 sound examples of projects, for which you have been artistically responsible, and which you believe present you well as a creative composer, songwriter or music producer. (Total duration of the 2-3 examples: 10 minutes). Submission format: MP3
  • Credits: Please state a list of credits with precise specification of your own role and, if applicable, the role of any others in relation to the 2-3 musical projects. (Max. 800 keystrokes)
  • Written description: Please give a brief description of your reflections related to the uploaded music. (Max. 1000 keystrokes)

Furthermore, your will be asked to upload:

  • Documentation of your
    • Bachelor degree, i.e. Degree Certificate including Diploma Supplement. Submission format: PDF
      or
    • Expected Bachelor degree – documentation of your studies and the content of the courses you have passed, and confirming that your Bachelor programme will be completed by 1st of July 2022. Submission format: PDF
      Please upload certified documentation in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.

Other submitted material will not be included in the assessment.

APPLICATION FEE

Applicants for a masters 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.

If you apply for a masters programme immediately after having completed a bachelor program at RMC, special rules apply, and RMC will refund the application fee after the application deadline.

Entrance examination

WHO IS SELECTED FOR THE entrance EXAMINATION?

All applicants who meet the admission requirements will have their application assessed in an entrance examination.

FORM AND CONTENT OF THE entrance EXAMINATION

The entrance examination takes place in two rounds:

At the 1st round, an assessment panel will assess the material in Portfolio 1.

You are not present.

The 2nd round consists of an interview, performed online. No later than 18 March 2022 at 12:00 CET you must upload an additional personal portfolio (Portfolio 2) - please check below.

1st round

At the 1st round of the entrance examination, an assessment panel consisting of two examiners will listen to the submitted works in Portfolio 1 and read the related annexes.

You are not present.

assessment after the 1st round

After the first round, the panel will carry out an assessment on the basis of the material in Portfolio 1. At the assessment, emphasis is placed upon your artistic and academic standard. The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.

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.

selection after the 1st round

On the basis of the assessment, a group of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round of the entrance examination.

This group is usually two-three times larger than the number of applicants who can be admitted to the programme. The 1st round must be passed in order for the applicant to proceed to the 2nd 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 about requirements for uploading an additional personal portfolio (Portfolio 2) and the time at which the examination will be held.

All applicants, who are not through to the 2nd round, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner from the entrance examination, who will elaborate on the assessment result on the basis of the assessment criteria used.

2nd round

The 2nd round of the entrance examination consists of an interview with you and two internal examiners and will be based on your written application and the material in Portfolio 2*. Duration 10 minutes.

assessment after the 2nd round

After the interview, an overall assessment is undertaken, based on the material in Portfolio 2*, the written application and the interview.

At the assessment, emphasis will be placed on your artistic and academic standard, and your written application. The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.

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.

*Portfolio 2: You submit 10 minutes of music, which you believe provides an extended impression of you as a creative composer, songwriter or music producer. You submit own works and it is not required that you are performing on the recordings. The material cannot be identical to material, included in Portfolio 1. Submission format: MP3

 

AFTER THE ENtrance EXAMINATION

ADMISSION

After the entrance examination, the Conservatory will decide whom to admit. The selection is based on the results achieved at the entrance examinations 2nd round, and the requirements of the music business.

8 students are usually admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of study places, the conservatory cannot guarantee that all qualified applicants will be admitted.

All applicants, who are not admitted, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner from the entrance examination, who will elaborate on the assessment result on the basis of the assessment criteria used.

WAITING LIST

A small number of applicants qualified for admission but unsuccessful due to a limited number of places available, may be offered a place on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list may be offered admission no later than 1 June.

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 medical certificate must be provided no later than three days after the examination date. 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 any other time than that set by RMC. You are responsible for paying the cost of the medical certificate.

ENtrance EXAMINATION LANGUAGE

The entrance examination is normally conducted in Danish. If the applicant does not speak or understand Danish, the examination can be carried out in English.

Programme structure

The Master’s programme corresponds to 120 ECTS points, equivalent to two years of full-time study at 1,620 hours per year. A year of full-time study includes all work connected with the studies, including classes, independent study, examinations and all other study-related activities.

The Master’s programme comprises studies at an advanced level, and has its emphasis on in-depth study, individual options and innovation, with the aim of strengthening your artistic profile.

To a large extent, the programme content takes the form of independent project work, which allows you to organise the process yourself within a set framework - in dialog with your teacher. The majority of the programme is structured around a certain amount of weekly tuition, class-based as well as individual, and part of the subjects are taken together with students of the Conservatory’s other Master’s programmes.

There are good opportunities for co-operation with the other programmes of the Conservatory, as well as with other artistic educational institutions in Holmen, Copenhagen.

The subjects of the programme are Music Creation, Electives, Entrepreneurship and Master’s project, of which the central subject is Music Creation. In the subject, you work primarily with your own independent projects, but you will also participate in projects and themed courses where the Conservatory sets the framework.

The third semester of the program is a compulsory external semester, which consists of a larger, defined project in collaboration with external partners or an internship with an external partner.

The programme concludes with a self-defined Master’s project within the subject of Music Creation, which results in a recorded work (digitally uploaded), a public presentation of musical works and a written report, in which you present your reflections on the project.

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

SUBJECT

1. SEM

2. SEM

3. SEM

4. SEM

ECTS PR. SUBJECT

Music Creation

15

15

 

 

30

Entrepreneurship

5

5

 

 

10

External, Integrated Module

 

 

30

 

30

Electives

10

10

 

10

30

Master's projekt

 

 

 

20

20

ECTS total

30

30

30

30

120

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.

The programme is a full-time programme of study, and attendance at tuition is compulsory. The language of instruction is usually Danish, however some subjects are offered in English. Teaching given by guest teachers, or in connection with study tours, will however typically be provided in English.

Career opportunities

Jaleh Negari graduated 2018

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What’s your job now?
I compose, produce and perform live as a soloist, with my band Selvhenter and with the performance group Meshes. Besides my music and art projects, I teach.

What’s a typical working day for you?
I typically work from 10-17 either in my studio, my rehearsal room or in my workspace at home – depending on whether I am composing new music, producing or recording sound, developing ideas, drawing, writing text, doing research or preparing concerts. Monday is for office work.

Why did you choose to study Music Creation?
I wanted to cultivate creating, writing and producing music on my own for a concentrated period.

What were your most important discoveries?
To learn how a constructive and fruitful creative process could look like for me. I felt that my pursuing for the fruitful process was accommodated and made room for – for which I am very grateful.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
For me, the experience of producing a lot in a short time. To be pushed to do something continuously and notice what such output could teach me. And not least to share one's things with others, and to be involved in the processes and fantasy worlds of others. The conversations thereon.

Anders Skibsted graduated 2018

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What’s your job now?
I continue my studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, compose, and play in and lead the contemporary tango ensemble Erhværv.

What’s a typical working week for you?
My working life is very different from month to month, depending on which projects I am involved in, alongside my studies.

Why did you choose to study Music Creation?
Because I wanted to continue my studies at RMC but would like to focus on the compositional work. I play the bandeneón and a lot of tango music and saw that as an instrumentalist I would have to go abroad to develop my skills, so therefore I chose to cultivate the compositional part of my work in my master’s degree.

What were your most important discoveries?
I learned in a large extent to work with a free rein, create and define artistic projects and at least try to administrate a compositional process. It’s something you can spend a lifetime learning. I also learned a lot about recordings, microphones and production that are enormously useful when you want to be involved with the emergence of your music all the way from the first note on paper to the finished production and release.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
I've got a lot of versatility out of my studies at RMC. There was an opportunity to embark on learning almost everything that you found out you needed to learn. Obviously, you can always spend more time learning everything, but there was the opportunity to create projects that contained all parts of the emergence of music: from the compositional, the administrative, the technical.

Stine Grøn graduated 2018

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What’s your job now?
I work on songs for my first solo album. Besides that, I have just finished the second album with the band IRAH, that I am a part of alongside Adi Zukanovic. Occasionally I sing for dying people.

What’s a typical working week for you?
I work on songs, do song meditations, find inspiration in museums or the like, and track vocals and choir for others. I also update music profiles and fix various tasks for our record label.

Why did you choose to study Music Creation?
I wanted to study more purposefully and focused and the study programme presented some exciting teachers that I wanted to discuss my ideas and processes with. It’s my experience that the teachers at RMC have a comprehensive knowledge and creativity that can accommodate many kinds of artists and provide high-level guidance.

What were your most important discoveries?
I found my voice and spirit in the music, in a much deeper way than before, through among other things singing meditation. The more I practised different holistic working methods, the more my whole body and voice opened and showed me new places. It opened a new way of writing and composing.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
I have become even more conscious of what kind of artist I am, and which intentions lies at the root of why I make music. I have been forced during my education to decide what it is that I really think is interesting in life and how I can translate it into a musical language.

Ocean Thomsen graduated 2018

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What’s your job now?
I am a songwriter, producer and co-owner of the record company Wild North Music. I write and produce for several artists, with songs placed on national and international radio and TV. In addition, I teach ensemble playing at Gentofte Music School and have just started my own teaching company, where I teach contemporary songwriting and music production.

What’s a typical working day for you?
I start the morning by getting an overview of my calendar, my to do's and replying emails. Maybe I’m having meetings or preparing lessons. Then I produce, edit vocals or prepare myself for sessions that I have in the evening. I teach two days a week.

What were your most important discoveries?
The programme provides the framework, creates opportunities and inspires, but it is up to the individual to make things happen. It requires self-discipline and tenacity. Just like outside the school's four walls.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
That I stayed true to myself and went headstrong after learning the craft that interested me, even though I sometimes was met with resistance from both teachers and censors.

Teachers

Below you will find the list of teaching staff on the programme in the current study year, 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.

Music Performance (group)

Sharin Foo

Kasper Tranberg

Jacob Anderskov

Anders Mathiasen

Music Performance - Individual Subject-specific Tuition

Simon Toldam

Nina Persson

Nikolaj Hess

Lotte Anker

Cæcilie Trier

Morten Svenstrup

Troels Boberg

Helle Toft

Jade Ell

Mads Emil Nielsen

Nikolaj Tornsberg

Lars Greve

Jaleh Negari

Nikolaj Cederholm

Lars Horntveth

Peter Bruun

Bjørn Christiansen

Anders Bach Pedersen

Maria Faust

Nana Fagerberg

Erik Kimestad

Mikkel Trøjborg Fink

Marcela Lucatelli

Jonas Westergaard Madsen

Anders Rhedin

Maher Mahmoud

Entrepreneurship

Christian Taagehøj

Carolina Eccheveri

External Integrated Module

Sharin Foo

Kasper Tranberg

Jacob Anderskov

Anders Mathiasen

Christian Taagehøj

Master Project

Jacob Anderskov

Qarin Wikström

Sharin Foo

Electives

Simon Toldam

Pablo Llambias

Louise Foo

Jens Skou Olsen

Nis Bysted

Niklas Schack

Louise Nipper

Saqib Hassan

Helle Pagter

Soffie Viemose

Louise Nipper

Study Programme (MMus MC)

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.

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk