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: 6 January 2020
  • Deadline for online application: 27 February 2020 12:00 CET
  • Entrance exam invitation or rejection notification: No later than 6 March 2020
  • Entrance exam: 30 March - 3 April 2020
  • Outcome of entrance examination: 15 april 2020 by email
  • Start of study: 17 August 2020

Read the general information about the application process HERE.



You must either have passed the Bachelor programme Music Performance 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 would you work on developing you knowledge? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Please give 2-3 examples of projects (subject/content, project type) that you would consider to work on during the programme? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Composition portfolio – written description: Please give a brief written description of your reflections related to the uploaded compositions.(max. 1000 keystrokes)

You will be asked to upload the following:

  • Composition 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
  • Composition portfolio - scores or equivalent: Please upload music scores or other compositional documentation if relevant (not mandatory). Submission format: PDF
  • Composition portfolio – CV: Please upload a CV, describing your relevant background and your experience in composition and music performance. Submission format: PDF
  • 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 2020. 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


All applicants who meet the admission requirements will be invited to attend an entrance examination.

If you have completed a relevant Danish or foreign bachelor’s programme in music, which does not provide direct admission, your application will be assessed individually. If approved, you will be further assessed by means of an entrance examination. As a general rule, the more closely related the bachelor’s degree is to the master’s programme applied for, the better the chances of being admitted.


The entrance examination consists of a concert and an interview.

  • Concert
    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.
  • Interview
    An interview with a panel of two assessors on the basis of your concert, personal portfolio and written application. You will be interviewed on your own.
    Duration: 10 minutes.

The three components of the entrance examination (concert, interview and personal portfolio) will be assessed as a whole by the panel. Emphasis will be placed your artistic and academic standard, and your study project plan.



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


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, please find a list of teaching staff on the programme in the fall semester 2019, 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:

Jacob Anderskov

Søren Kjærgaard

Torben Snekkestad

Kasper Tranberg

Simon Toldam

Kresten Osgood

Cæcilie Trier

Anders Mathiasen

Jens Ramon Murga Meinert Thomsen

Mads Brinch Nielsen

Flemming Agerskov

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Rune Kielsgaard



Christian Taagehøj

Carolina Eccheveri


External Integrated Module:

Jacob Anderskov

Kasper Tranberg

Anders Mathiasen

Torben Snekkestad



Kristian Eidnes

Pablo Llambias

Kasper Tranberg

Charlotte Munck

Flemming Agerskov

Morten Svenstrup

Helle Pagter

Sharin  Foo

Anders Stig Møller

Louise Nipper

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

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.