Music Performance - European Jazz Master

The Master’s in European Jazz Master (EUJAM) is a two-year programme and specialisation option within the Master's programme Music Performance, which is operated jointly with leading music academies in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Trondheim. The programme is aimed at elite jazz musicians and composers. It includes compulsory semesters abroad, and is designed to further qualify you for the employment market by giving you a strong personal network among the leading European jazz musicians of the future. You acquire first-hand knowledge of educational cultures and music scenes in the cities in the collaboration, and under the influence of the teachers you encounter in the various educational institutions, you also acquire a broad education on your instrument.

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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:

  • Please select your main instrument. It requires a special permission to do your entrance examination on an instrument other than bass, guitar, piano, organ, percussion, vocal, saxophone, trombone, drums, trumpet, vibraphone, violin, or electronics
  • 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 music 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 music examples: 10-15 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 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 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 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 can optionally be previous recordings and not necessarily a public concert. In the recording, you perform on your main instrument 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.

Only 2 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 carried out in English only. 

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.

The programme is operated by RMC in partnership with:

  • Jazz-Institut Berlin
  • Conservatorium van Amsterdam
  • Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris
  • The jazz programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

The programme consists of four semesters, of which the first and last semester is at RMC. You will be studying at a partner institution the two other semesters:

1st semester at RMC
2nd semester at partner institution 1
3rd semester at partner institution 2
4th semester at RMC

Based on a motivated application, it is decided at which partner institutions you will studying.

You follow the subjects and project courses offered at each institution, and thereby participates on an equal footing with the local students in the two semesters abroad. The subject areas vary from institution to institution, but ensemble playing, composition and electives are included in all of them.

Each semester, one of the partner institutions take turns hosting a joint intensive course, where all EUJAM students gather for a week. In these courses, the students work on ensemble playing in groups formed across the institutions. The students' personal projects are presented and discussed, and the host institution organises workshops with local teachers.

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 programme offers many opportunities to draw on the many strong academic environments and professional networks that the five partner institutions offer in combination.

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 you presents 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

Artistic Projects

10

10

10

 

30

Performance Studies

10

10

10

 

30

Final Project

 

 

 

30

30

Electives

6

6

6

 

18

Music Business

2

2

2

 

6

Art and Culture Studies

2

2

2

 

6

ECTS total

30

30

30

30

120

You can read more about the objectives and structure of the programme in the programme description, 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 English.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme typically find employment in Denmark and internationally as musicians in bands, as well as in the context of television, radio, theatre, film, etc. During their studies, graduates will have established strong professional networks in at least three of Europe's most important jazz cities, and will thus be well placed to establish a sustainable career on the international jazz scene. In the curriculum, you can read more about the qualifications of graduate musicians. 

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

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk

EUJAM Coordinator

Nikolaj Hess

he@rmc.dk

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.