Music Performance

The Master’s in Music Performance is a two-year programme that provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the inquiry and practice as a creative, performing musician. The programme focuses on the interplay between live performance, studio recording, project work and reflective dialogue. You will have the flexibility to shape the programme in accordance with your artistic goals and visions. 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 part of the programme, you must organize and carry through a self-planned external semester. The programme also places 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: 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 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 represent you as a creative and performing musician. (Total duration of the examples: 5 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, 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 listen to the submitted works in your Portfolio 1 and read the related annexes.

You are not present.

assessment after the 1st round

After the first round, the panel will carry 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 and performing musician. The music must be recorded live and must represent you as a performing musician in an ensemble situation. The material may be previos recordings and not necessarily a public concert. In the recording, you perform a self-selected repertoire with a group of your own choice (at least one other person, who sings or plays an instrument). The repertoire must include material composed and/or arranged by you. 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 examination, and the requirements of the music business.

12 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 Performance, Electives, Entrepreneurship and Master’s project, of which the central subject is Music Performance. 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 Performance, which results in a recorded work (digitally uploaded), a public concert and a written report, in which the student presents his or her 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 Performance

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

Rasmus Oppenhagen Krogh graduated 2018

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What’s your job now?
As a freelance musician and composer, I have a job that alternates between immersion in and work on own projects and involvement as a musician with different bands, artists and projects, both live and in the studio.

Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
The way of studying gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in my identity as a performing musician and at the same time work with my compositional expression, facilitated through the various projects at the school. Those two aspects are closely connected in my artistic praxis and the study plan made it possible for me to work parallel with them both. Improvisation is important in my approach to music so it played into my choice as well that several of the other students had improvisation as a common denominator. The teaching staff and the large amount of freedom to set the direction of your education attracted me as well.

What were your most important discoveries?
To think big projects through from A-Z and lay out the framework in the best possible way – both creatively and practically. My education has given me a variety of tools to work structurally and targeted with my artistic goals and continuously relate critically to my work. To be able to verbalize inspiration and contextuality and communicate my own artistic work has had a great influence on the practical as well as reflective work.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
An important part at my time at the conservatory has been to take part in other people’s projects and absorb inspiration, methods and approaches to music – parallel to getting wiser on how I become a part in other people visions without having to compromise with myself or my expression as a musician.
Sparring and insights in other peoples work have been a crucial part of my school years. The meeting with a myriad of deeply inspiring teachers and fellow students and the opportunity to take classes with external educators has been invaluable to me.

Kaspar Vig graduated 2018

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Foto: Magnus Bach Pedersen

What’s your job now?
As a musician and project coordinator. My job is with me everywhere. At the moment I am settled in India where I work on a film together with local artists. Besides my work with music and film, I work with project management, fundraising and teaching composition, songwriting and creative processes.

Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
I chose to do education at RMC based on needing to immerse myself in my music and art. I wanted a secure platform, without having to relate to the music industry, where I could enhance my skills and test my musical ideas.

What were your most important discoveries?
To learn that the road to true musical realization lies outside of your own ego and cultural understanding. Even when it’s about motor skill challenges on a bongo drum or being emotionally present in either John Cage’s weird silence or modern produced R’n’B, the trick is to step out of yourself and receive all of it in a universal pulsating musical context.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
The unity and collective musical curiosity are some of the most important I have gained from my education. But also the ability to handle yourself in the world of art and music – both on a technical and spiritual level. The education has strengthened my entrepreneurial skills and has given me a lot of tools to work professionally with my music.

Ida Kudo graduated 2015

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What’s your job now?
I write, produce and perform my music as a solo artist and also co-write and co-produce a lot – currently in London. I also work as a band doctor and I teach gladly.

What’s a typical working day for you?
I have no typical workday. When I co-write, it is likely to be one or two days in the studio. When there are concerts, then the band is in focus with intense and many practices for the concerts. I always make sure to do everything that I can in regards to keep track of the economy, so a lot of time is spent doing practical stuff: applying for funds, check that I have received my fees, reporting to Koda etc. And I book myself in as a temp, teaching or coaching whenever I can see, that I am economically in the need of doing so.

Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
Because the music was pulling me. I have played classical violin from an early age and went away from classical and into the rhythmical when I started writing on my own. I chose the programme because singing and vocals are at the centre of my songwriting and the instrument, I express myself most directly through. I could feel that there was much freedom in the programme to unfold oneself artistically which was what I wanted.

What were your most important discoveries?
How much different music I ended up doing. How fun it can be to work with skilful, creative musicians. How great it was to have your music planted in reality. How inspiring it can be to work with musicians that understand where you are going.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
Solid ground and a strong beginning to start and unfold my solo career. When I arrived at RMC, I really did not know the rhythmic world, I had just made some songs on my own and found someone to play them with. RMC was the arena, my home ground, where I could start experimenting with my style, my sound and artistic identity. It was a very important stepping stone for me to get a foot inside of the rhythmic music scene. It is also where I got my dear and important music network.

Graduates of Music Performance are typically employed as freelance musicians in bands, or as soloists, or in connection with theatrical, television and film productions. Many graduates also work as composers, songwriters and producers in their own projects or those of other artists. 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.

Kristian Finne graduated 2017

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Foto: Jacob Aars

What’s your job now?
I am a songwriter, musician, singer and composer. Besides the artistic work with my own projects Chorus Grant and Cancer, I work as an artistic sparring partner, lyrics writer and songwriter in collaborations with exciting bands and artists in the process of recording. Furthermore, I teach from time to time at Danish folk high schools in songwriting. I am also currently immersing myself in new experimental music at RMC’s APD programme.

Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
After many years in the Danish alternative underground scene, I felt, that I had the need to target and focus my artistic activities, get an academic proficiency to speak from and a professionalization in the way that I act as a musician and songwriter. To begin with, I graduated in 2013 from the Composition programme and after a few years as a performing musician, I got increasingly interested in improving my skills as a guitarist and started at the Music Performance programme. The more hands-on approach to music resulted in many new ideas and a gradual evolvement into a personal style of playing. That is a part of my work that I still explore and develop on.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
As a musician and an artist, the two main things for a valuable and productive life with music is to be in an inspiring environment and have the time and serenity to immerse yourself in new movements and ideas. I found both circumstances as a student and the payoff has been very noticeable in the form of greater interest in my artistic activities inside and outside of Denmark.

Natalie Sandtorv graduated 2018

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Foto: Kristin Støylen

What’s your job now?
I work as a performing musician, composer and lyricist with base in Oslo. I have my own solo project as an alternative pop singer that I tour around Europe with.

Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
I knew somebody who had studied at RMC and I got very curious when I heard about the programme. It seemed very free but demanding, and with the guidance of a certain weight that I would like to learn from. And I love Danish people and Copenhagen.

What were your most important discoveries?
I learned a lot about the importance of being a good entrepreneur.  You need to have a clear vision and think long term about your career. I got motivated by my own artistic expression and got better at pushing myself further through the music. I also discovered the importance of provoking ideas, even though the first impression might be bad. It’s all about the process!

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
It must be working conceptually and go in-depth with my projects. I learned the importance of good craftsmanship and having strong opinions about what you do. I loved my time at RMC. It was two amazing years where I got the time to completely focus and develop good routines.

Ole Mofjell graduated 2017

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What’s your job now?
I work as a freelance musician in Oslo, touring with a variety of different artists and a lot of one-offs and collaborative projects. I also work with the festivals All Ears and Platform Nord as well as running the concert series Fresh Sounds in Kristiansand.

What’s a typical working week for you?
I usually play about 2-5 gigs every week. I also spend a lot of time on the computer, booking shows and travel tickets and all that stuff. Usually on the move to a gig, rehearsal or a meeting of some sort.

Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
Because the programme is unique and very interesting. I would not have had the chance to work the way I did there any other place in the world. Very inspiring and fresh.

What were your most important discoveries?
I learned that every single person has their own path they can choose to follow. I studied with many brilliant artists at RMC, and they were all very different. Some I worked with, some I could just admire and respect for doing their own thing.

What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
The opportunity to go your own way, and get the tools to do so, has been very important to me. In addition, the network of international musicians at the school has given me the chance to tour in Latvia, Poland, England, the US, Germany with local musicians. I would say the opportunity to create an international network has had a strong impact on me as a performer after graduating.

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:

Ulla Britt Simonsen

Tobias Kropp

Thommy Andersson

Sophie Ziedoy

Simon Van Deurs Formann

Simon Toldam

Rune Rask

Qarin Wikström

Peter Albrechtsen

Peter Bruun

Nina Persson

Nikolaj Hess

Morten Svenstrup

Michael Pisaro

Maria Faust

Lotte Anker

Johanna Borchert

Jens Walther Jacobsen

Jens Ramon Murga Meinert Thomsen

Jacob Anderskov

Danny Meyer Wilson

Cæcilie Trier

Alexander Skjold

Kresten Osgood

Entrepreneurship:

Christian Taagehøj

Carolina Eccheveri

External Integrated Module:

Jacob Anderskov

Kasper Tranberg

Søren Kjærgaard

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

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

Study Programme (MMus MP)

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.