Music Performance - Nordic Master: The Composing Musician

The Master’s in Nordic Master: The Composing Musician (NoCoM) is a two-year study programme and specialisation option within the Master's programme Music Performance, which is aimed at creative musicians who wish to focus on composition. The programme is operated by RMC in partnership with the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg - two of the programme’s four semesters are spent at these partner institutions. The purpose of the programme is to strengthen and challenge your artistic development and musical expression, as well as to qualify you further for the employment market. You are very much encouraged to organise your own studies, so that you have the opportunity to acquire the skills that best support your artistic development.

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


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

Read the general information about the application process HERE



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.


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


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:

  • Music: Please upload sound documentation of compositions for which you have been responsible, and which you believe represent you as a composing and creative musician. The uploaded documentation can consist of selected examples of one or multiple compositions. (Total duration: 15 minutes). Submission format: MP3
  • Written description: Please give a brief description of your reflections related to the uploaded compositions. (Max. 1000 keystrokes)
  • Scores or equivalent: Please upload music scores or other compositional documentation if relevant (not mandatory).
  • CV: Please describe your relevant background and your experience in composition and music performance. (Max. 2400 keystrokes)

Furthermore, you will be asked to upload:

  • Documentation of your
    • Bachelor degree, i.e. Degree Certificate including Diploma Supplement. Submission format: PDF
    • 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.


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


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


The entrance examination takes place in two rounds:

At the 1st round, an assessment panel will assess the material in your sumitted personal portfolio.

You are not present.

The 2nd round consists of a concert and an interview with physical attendance at RMC. 

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 personal portfolio 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 the sumitted personal portfolio. 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 what exact time 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 a concert and an interview with you and two internal examiners.


You perform a self-selected repertoire on your main instrument 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, with elements of improvisation.
Duration: 10 minutes, including any changeovers.


An interview with a panel of two assessors on the basis of your concert and written application. You will be interviewed on your own in in front of a panel of two assessors.
Duration: 10 minutes.

assessment after the 2nd round

After the concert and interview, an overall assessment is undertaken. The three components of the entrance examination (concert, interview and written application), will be assessed as a whole by the panel. 

At the assessment, emphasis will be placed on 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.



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.

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.


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 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.


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.

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 the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo
3rd semester at the Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg
4th semester at RMC

Each semester, one of the partner institutions take turns hosting a joint intensive course, where all NoCoM students gather for a week . Besides being an intensive course module focusing among other on composition and performance, the module is also aimed at strengthening the networks of all students in the programme.

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.

The programme is structured around the disciplines Composition/Performance, Semester Project and Electives, of which the central subject is Semester Project. In this subject, you develop and implement a complete artistic project each semester. The semester projects focus on various areas, and could for example be multidisciplinary or be centred on performance. The development of the skills, knowledge and competencies to support the projects is undertaken in the subjects Composition/Performance and Electives, which are organised in dialogue with the supervisor.

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

The programme concludes with a Master's project in the subject Composition/Performance. The Master's project consists partly of an artistic production, where you are both composer and performer, and partly of a written report in which you present your reflections on the project's process and results.

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


1. SEM

2. SEM

3. SEM

4. SEM


Composition/ Performance






Semester projects












Master's project






ECTS total






You can read more about the objectives and structure of the programme in the joint 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 generally the Scandinavian languages. However, teaching may also be conducted in English to the extent necessary.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme typically find employment as musicians and composers 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 three of the strongest musical milieux in the Nordic countries, and will thus be well placed to establish a sustainable and internationally-anchored career. In the curriculum, you can read more about the qualifications of graduates of the programme.

Read more about the programme and graduates at


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


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


Simon Toldam

Pablo Llambias

Louise Foo

Jens Skou Olsen

Nis Bysted

Niklas Schack

Louise Nipper

Saqib Hassan

Helle Pagter

Soffie Viemose

Louise Nipper

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

NoCoM Coordinator

Torben Snekkestad