Music Education

The Master’s in Music Education is a two-year music pedagogical programme which qualifies you at advanced level as a music teacher. The programme focuses – based on your artistic profile – on developing your pedagogical skills, your competencies in educational project development and project management as well as your individual artistic and pedagogical profile. The course will link relevant theory to your pedagogical projects. Practical teaching projects – independent and prearranged by RMC - are an integral part of the programme. A range of elective subjects, also offers you possibilities to accustom the programme contents to your own wishes. Furthermore, the programme places emphasis on developing your entrepreneurial skills, and offers 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: 4 January 2021
  • Deadline for online application: 22 February 2021 at 12:00 CET
  • 1st round: 1-5 March 2021. You are not present
  • Outcome of the 1st round: 8 March 2021 by email
  • Deadline for uploading material for 2nd round: 15 March 2021 at 09:00 CET
  • 2nd round: 22-26 March 2021. You attend the exam online
  • Outcome of 2nd round: 15 April 2021 by email
  • Start of study: 16 August 2021

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 personal goals/vision – how/where do you see yourself professionally after having completed the programme? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What abilities do you think you need to possess in order to achieve your goals? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What do you consider necessary knowledge in order to achieve your goals? And how do you work to develop your knowledge? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Please give four 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):

  • Video: Please upload two video recordings containing examples of educational/teaching projects for which you have been responsible, and which you believe present you well as a music educator. (Total duration of the two examples: 5 minutes). Submission format: MP4
  • Written description: Please give a brief description of the two projects and your pedagogical reflections related to the projects. (Max. 1500 keystrokes) 

Furthermore, you 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 2021. Submission format: PDF
      Please upload certified documentation in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.

Other submitted material will not be included in the assessment.

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 15 March 2021 at 09:00 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 assess 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 assessement, emphasis is placed upon your 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 to 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 form 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 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 subdivition 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 video-recorded examples of educational/teaching projects for which you have been responsible and which you believe provides an extended impression of you as a music educator. On the video recording, you teach a self-selected pupil/group in a sequence of self-chosen material. The material cannot be identical to material, included in the Portfolio 1. Submission format: MP4

 

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 examination, and the requirements of the music business.

6 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, with the emphasis on in-depth study, individual options and innovation, with a view to strengthening your artistic profile. The organisation of the programme will take its starting-point in your study project plan.

To a large extent, the tuition takes the form of independent project work, in which you organise the subject yourself, within a set framework, and with the help of individual academic guidance. A certain amount of weekly tuition and modules are also included, and part of the subject is 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 subject areas of the programme are Pedagogy, Electives, Entrepreneurship and Master’s project, of which the central subject is Pedagogy. The programme’s concluding Master’s project focuses on Pedagogy, and is self-defined, within certain overall requirements. The development of skills, knowledge and competencies in Pedagogy is supported by the other subjects in the programme.

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 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

Pedagogy

15

15

 

 

30

Entrepreneurship

5

5

 

 

10

External, Integrated Module

 

 

30

 

30

Electives

10

10

 

10

30

Master's project

 

 

 

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

Graduates of the Master’s programme in Music Education find employment as teachers in music schools, and in the preparatory class for conservatories (MGK), evening classes, folk high schools, continuation schools, etc. Some graduates work as freelance consultants in management training, teambuilding, etc., or set up their own private companies providing, for example, learning games, educational materials, training courses, etc.

Bruno Tagliasacchi graduated 2017

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What’s your job now?
I teach drums at a municipal music school for kids in Copenhagen and work as a drummer with four jazz bands in town.

Why did you decide to study Music Education?
I felt I was missing a proper orientation towards my pedagogical goals. I had already been teaching some years in my hometown on Sardinia and I wanted to get insights into the pedagogy of teaching music and in my case drums, rhythmic possibilities and silence. I threw the cards on the table and RMC`s teachers provided me with the best tools to achieve my ambitions, yet broadening my view and expectations.

What were your most important discoveries?
The confidence to dare and believe in my beliefs and theories. Throughout my Master’s studies, my capabilities grew in vocally finding the right problem formulation, argumentation and resolution with audiences of different sizes, ages and skills. What I definitely take into my knowledge-luggage from this education is also a strengthening of my planning skills and my entrepreneurial mindset.

How do you see the future for music teachers?
Music needs to be spread, both artistically and pedagogically. As long as we reach a large audience, showing our knowledge worldwide, we are accomplishing our own mission, whether we are in Denmark, Italy or Congo. The future of music and music community is in our hands as teachers and musicians. That is why we should join forces to make this universal language intelligible for every human being. There is lot of hope for the future generations, as long we are committed with pure and genuine intention and love for what we do, every single day.

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 Education:

Maria Westvall

Music Education - Individual Subject-specific Tuition:

Sophie Ziedoy

Mark Solborg

Kasper Tranberg

Entrepreneurship:

Christian Taagehøj

Carolina Eccheveri

External Integrated Module:

Maria Westvall

Electives:

Simon Toldam

Pablo Llambias

Morten Carlsen

Morten Büchert

Maria Faust

Louise Nipper

David Elberling

Kristian Eidnes

Kasper Tranberg

Helle Pagter

Eva Brandt

Charlotte Munck

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk

Study Programme (MMus ME)

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.