Music Performance

The Music Performance programme is aimed at musicians who perform and create, and who see themselves as future innovators in the field of music as a contemporary artistic expression.

The programme takes its starting-point in your vision, and aims to further develop your artistic and educational profile. You become part of a diverse and inspirational learning environment in which teachers, tutors and fellow students stimulate and challenge your development. The programme takes the form of a mixture of scheduled classes and intense project periods, and via the Conservatory’s extensive cooperation with external partners in Denmark and abroad, you obtain access to an extensive professional network that will enhance your future employment opportunities as musician, educator or entrepreneur in a changing music industry.

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

  • Information meeting at RMC: 5 November 2019
  • Deadline for online application: 2 December 2019 at 12:00  CET
  • Call for 1st round: No later than 13 December 2020 by email
  • 1st round: 2-8 January 2020 (not during the weekend)
  • Outcome of the 1st round: No later than 15 January by e-mail
  • 2nd round: 20-24 January 2020
  • Outcome of 2nd round: 15 april 2020 by email
  • Start of study: 17 August 2020

Read the general information about the application process HERE.



You must as a starting-point possess strong musical skills. You must have a personal artistic expression and be well-founded as either instrumentalist or singer. There is no requirement for a specific educational background.

You can apply for admission on one of the following principal instruments: drums, percussion, bass, piano (acoustic and electric), guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, vibraphone, organ, electronic instruments* or vocals. If you wish to apply for admission with other instruments must seek approval from the RMC well in time before the deadline. This is done by sending an email to It is not possible to apply for admission until this approval is given.

* Electronic instruments are defined as instruments where the sound is created solely via electronics, e.g. computers and related equipment (e.g. Ableton Live, Logic, Max, midi controllers, midi keyboards), synthesizers and samplers.

The entrance examination at RMC is not coordinated with programmes at other academies of music. You are welcome to seek admission to several academies.

You can apply for several programmes at RMC simultaneously, but the entry examinations are not coordinated.


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


In the application, you will be requested to answer the following questions:

  • The main instrument you wish to seek admission with
  • Please describe your motivation for applying for this study progamme. (Max 500 keystrokes)
  • Please describe your ambitions, thoughts and ideas about your future professional life as a music performer and teacher. (Max 500 keystrokes)
  • Describe your background and experience. (Max 1200 keystrokes)
  • Elaborate on which experiences have been most important to you (Max 1000 keystrokes)
  • Inform of any pervious education (both on conservatories and universities) as well as any other teaching you have recived (Max 1000 keystrokes)


Applicants for a bachelor 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.


The deadline for applications is 1 December at 12:00 CET. If this date is a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the deadline will be at 12:00 CET on the next weekday.

Entrance examination


    All who apply for admission to the Music Performance programme at RMC will be invited to an entrance examination at the Conservatory.


    The objective of the entrance examination is to:

    • Give the assessors an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate your performing and creating skills and development potential,
    • Give you an opportunity to demonstrate your entire professional and artistic profile, to the greatest possible extent,
    • Ensure that your  background and experience, vision for future work, and personal motivation for applying for admission are illuminated.


    The entrance examination takes place in two rounds.
    1st round consists of a concert audition.
    2nd round consists of a combined presentation and interview.


    You must play a concert of self-elected music.
    Duration 10 minutes, including changeover time between numbers.

    You must perform on your principal instrument/vocal, accompanied by your own group (at least one other person who sings or plays an instrument).

    For up to 1/3 of the duration of the audition, you may choose to:

    • Perform solo (unaccompanied) on your principal instrument/vocal;
    • With or without accompaniment, convey your artistic expression on other instruments and/or vocally.

    A panel of three assessors observes the audition.

    At the concert audition an overall assessment is undertaken, based on:

    • Your ability to perform and create musical experiences, borne by an independent artistic expression.
    • To which extend you possess the instrumental/vocal and other relevant musical skills, necessary to realise your music and artistic expression.

    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.

    The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.


    On the basis of the results of the audition, a number of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round. The selection process will also take into account the requirements of the music business.

    You must pass the concert audition for you to proceed to the 2nd round.

    All applicants, who are not through to the 2nd round, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner in charge of the entrance examination.


    This audition consists of a combined presentation and interview.

    • Presentation: During the presentation, you must verbally elaborate and place into perspective your professional and artistic profile, on the basis of practical demonstrations. You may for example perform music, present recorded material, present music scores or present supplementary material. The presentation has a duration of 5 minutes.
    • Interview: The interview is based on your written application, the concert audition and the presentation. The interview has a duration of 10 minutes.

    The presentation and the interview are carried out alone for a panel of three assessors. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the presentation or interview.


    After the presentation and the interview, an overall assessment is undertaken, based on:

    • Your artistic and musical competencies.
    • Your ability to reflect upon own practice.
    • Your ability to develop and realise artistic projects, independently and in collaboration with others.

    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.

    The assessment is given related to the level that is required to commence the programme.



    Following the 2ndround of the entrance examination, a number of applicants are selected for admission. The selection is made on the basis of the results obtained in the 1st and 2nd rounds. The selection process will also take into account the requirements of the music business.
    Sixteen students are usually admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of places, the Conservatory may be obliged to reject some applicants even if they have passed the entrance examination.

    You will receive an e-mail in the beginning of April informing you of whether or not you have been admitted.

    All applicants, who are not offered a study place, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner in charge of the entrance examination.


    A limited number of applicants who are qualified for admission, but who have not been admitted due to a lack of places available, may be offered a place on a waiting list. In the period up to 1 June, applicants on the waiting list may be offered admission.


    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. In cases where the applicant does not speak or understand Danish, the examination is carried out in English.

    Programme structure

    The Bachelor study programme corresponds to 180 ECTS points, equivalent to three years of full-time study at 1,620 working hours per year.  A year of full-time study includes all work connected with the study programme, including classes, independent study, examinations and all other study-related activities.

    The programme aims to develop the your artistic expression and professional qualifications to enable you to create, practise and communicate an independent artistic expression, and to develop and practise artistic-based teaching.

    A central place in the programme is occupied by the subject Artistic Development Work, in which you, in a process and product-oriented practice, develop your independent artistic expression. 

    The teaching consists of a combination of scheduled teaching, project work, individual instruction and group teaching, in which the focus is on dialogue and reflection on your own artistic development and expression and that of others.  Part of the course is organised for you, part you organise yourself, and during the programme, you will be included in collaborative projects with students from both your own and the other programmes of the Conservatory.

    The form of examination varies between practical tests such as auditions, teaching demonstrations, oral presentations and submissions of written or recorded material.  The programme concludes with a Bachelor project, in which you are given an opportunity to immerse themselves in a self-selected topic within the subject Artistic Development Work, and a graduation concert.

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


    1st SEM.

    2nd SEM.

    3rd SEM.

    4th SEM.

    5th SEM.

    6th SEM.


    Artistic Development Work








    Bachelor Project




    Music Education & Learning









    Instrumental/Vocal Performance
















    Art & Culture Studies



    2,5 2,5











    ECTS, total








    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 courses – 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, but teachers may provide teaching in English to individuals or small groups as necessary.  Teaching given by guest teachers, or in connection with study tours, will however typically be provided in English.

    During the course of studies it is optional to apply for exchange studies at a foreign conservatoire or for self-planned studies abroad.

    The education’s objective is that you after graduation will have learned to create, develop and implement artistic projects, as well as reflect on processes, such that you will be able to reinvent yourself during a long career as performing and creative musician, music teacher and entrepreneur. You will have gained insight into a wide range of aspects of the music business, and formed networks that will be of benefit to you in your professional activities.

    The bachelor programme Music Performance provides you with a foundation for further studies at Master´s level at a Danish or a foreign conservatoire. RMC offers the Masters´s programmes Music Creation, Music Education and Music Performance, hereunder European Jazz Master and Nordic Master: The Composing Musician.

    Career opportunities

    Graduates of the programme are typically employed as freelance musicians in bands, or as soloists, or in connection with theatrical, television and film productions. Some work as composers, songwriters and producers in their own projects or those of other artists. Many trained musicians also teach in music schools, folk high schools, continuation schools or day schools, or as private music teachers. Finally, some establish their own businesses, for example in the fields of learning, computer games, sound design, film music, etc. 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. 

    Selina Lannie, dimitteret i 2018


    Hvad beskæftiger du dig med i dag?
    Jeg arbejder professionelt som musiker og sangskriver i bandet Nelson Can og studerer videre på RMC på kandidaten på Music Creation.

    Hvordan ser en typisk arbejdsuge ud for dig?
    Som professionel musiker ved siden af studiet er dagene aldrig ens. De fleste uger deltager jeg i undervisning eller løser opgaver på skolen – her bruger jeg også skolens faciliteter til at skrive musik, jeg bruger i min karriere som musiker. Nogle uger turnerer jeg og andre arbejdes der på indspilning af album eller skabelse af nye projekter. I bund og grund er min dagligdag ret flydende, og man bliver hurtigt god til at finde sine egne rutiner i det der kan føles som kaos.

    Hvorfor valgte du Musiker-uddannelsen?
    Jeg havde hørt fra venner, at skolen var under forandring, og at man ikke behøvede teoretisk baggrund for at blive optaget. Jeg havde aldrig gået på nogen form for musikskole eller modtaget undervisning før, så det var på en eller anden måde bare virkelig oplagt for mig at prøve at søge. Og så kom jeg sgu ind. Musiker-linjen passede bare perfekt til mig, fordi jeg ikke anede hvilken slags musiker eller kunstner jeg var og kunne blive, og linjen åbnede op for alle mulige døre til kreativitet.

    Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik med fra uddannelsen?
    At man virkelig kan forme og bruge sin undervisning og sin tid på RMC som man vil. Man kan skræddersy den, så den passer perfekt til ens behov. Man kan vælge at tage alting med herfra, eller lære hvordan man sorterer i den viden man ønsker at bruge videre i sin kunst eller i sin fremtid i musikbranchen.

    Hvordan ser fremtiden ud i musikbranchen?
    Jeg fornemmer en udbredt DIY, do it yourself, tilgang til branchen, hvor musikere bliver bedre og bedre til at søge viden om deres egen karriere. Og en DIT, do it together, hvor vi både som branchepersoner og musikere hjælper hinanden fremad og deler vores viden. Hvis det bliver ved, så virker fremtiden i musikbranchen nu meget lys.

    Laurits Hyllested, dimitteret i 2018

    Hvad beskæftiger du dig med i dag?
    Jeg underviser på to musikskoler og så arbejder jeg som freelancetrommeslager og komponist. Foruden at være sidemand i forskellige projekter laver jeg for tiden musik til en dokumentarserie og arbejder på at få min debutplade ud.

    Hvordan ser en typisk arbejdsuge ud for dig?
    Det er svært at være sin egen boss! Jeg prøver at strukturere min hverdag så jeg tidligt på dagen får lavet alt det administrative for senere af kunne være mere fri og have tid til at fordybe mig i hvad der lige optager mig. Inden jeg blev færdig var jeg så bange for om jeg overhovedet ville få lavet noget musik efter kons, når jeg nu var helt alene. Jeg har fundet ud af at der er masser at lave, hvis man også bare selv er lidt proaktiv. Det sværeste er at prioritere de ting der er virkelig vigtige.

    Hvorfor valgte du Musiker-uddannelsen?
    Musiker var den uddannelse alle mine store helte havde gået på, så jeg tror jeg forsøgte at gå i deres fodspor. Jeg kom lige fra MGK og højskole hvor der var fuld fart på bare at spille musik, så jeg følte også at det var der jeg havde min berettigelse.

    Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik med fra uddannelsen?
    Netværk. Jeg fik et stort netværk som jeg i dag trækker meget på i alt hvad jeg laver. Derudover fik jeg gennem uddannelsen mulighed for at lære nogle af de musikere at kende som jeg så allermest op til, og det gav mig på en måde en blåstempling og en vigtig tro på min egen musikalitet.

    Hvordan ser fremtiden ud i musikbranchen?
    Jeg ved ikke så meget om branchen, men jeg ved at der bliver ved med at blive lavet en masse spændende musik og det er det vigtigste. Jeg tror at det er vigtigt, i denne tid der fodrer individet og det personlige projekt, at holde fast i nogle af de fællesskaber som man for eksempel skaber gennem sin uddannelse og være opmærksom på at hjælpe hinanden til at skabe et liv med musik.

    Danielle Dahl, dimitteret i 2015

    Hvad beskæftiger du dig med i dag?
    Lige nu går jeg i skole igen, jeg tager min kandidat i Los Angeles ved CalArts, men i de tre år imellem jeg dimitterede og nu arbejdede jeg freelance som komponist og udøvende musiker.

    Hvordan ser en typisk arbejdsuge ud for dig?
    Mit freelancearbejde har delt sig mellem kompositionsarbejde i form af bestillingsværker for små kammerensembler, og koncertvirksomhed og arbejde i studie med mit soloprojekt. Til det kommer det så ret meget administrativt arbejde med ansøgninger og regnskab, mails, osv. Det troede jeg ikke, når jeg ville blive musiker, men det føles som at det er det, jeg bruger mest tid på.

    Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik med fra uddannelsen?
    Det vigtigste var at jeg traf en masse andre musikere og hurtigt fik et stort netværk i København, som jeg akkurat var flyttet til. Jeg spillede en masse koncerter og fik skrevet en masse små kompositioner. Jeg synes det var spændende at blive tvunget til at samarbejde med musikere som var meget forskellige fra mig selv, jeg fik sat mig selv og mit virke i perspektiv. Og så fik jeg troen på at jeg faktisk var god til at lave musik, det troede jeg ikke rigtig på inden jeg startede på RMC.

    Hvordan ser fremtiden ud i musikbranchen?
    Jeg tror der er en generel tendens til at man skal kunne lidt af det hele, og det synes jeg er fedt egentlig. Nu hvor jeg bor i USA får jeg virkelig sat støttemulighederne vi har i Norden i perspektiv. Vi er sindssygt heldige at have så meget offentlig støtte til kultur, og jeg håber det ikke forsvinder de kommende år. Her i rovkapitalismens land arbejder folk virkelig meget i tillæg til sin musik. Det skaber en energi som kan være god, men samtidig så synes jeg ofte kvaliteten lider under at folk ikke har nok tid til virkelig at fordybe sig. Jeg håber streamingmodellen bliver bedre for mindre, uafhængige artister.

    Tobias Johannes Pfeil, dimitteret i 2016

    Hvad beskæftiger du dig med i dag?
    Jeg er freelancer og arbejder med mange forskellige projekter. Jeg har mit eget projekt, Tobi Duchampe, som er et kunst/performanceprojekt som stadig skifter karakter og form. Ved siden af producerer jeg musik til teater og film, og spiller i bands. Jeg driver også koncertserien og undergrundslabelet Fake Boom.

    Hvordan ser en typisk arbejdsuge ud for dig?
    Min hverdag er meget variabel og meget uforudsigelig. Men det kan jeg også godt lide. Når jeg er i gang er det non-stop. En uge måske på tour et sted i Europa, hvor vi spiller hver aften. Så måske en uge hvor jeg arbejder med en teaterforestilling. Så måske en uge hvor jeg catcher op med mine e-mails og mikser på mine tracks til mit eget projekt.

    Hvorfor valgte du Musiker-uddannelsen?
    Siden jeg var 10 år gammel vidste jeg, at jeg ville arbejde med musik. Jeg søgte Musiker-uddannelsen på RMC da jeg var interesseret i at være instrumentalist i en række forskellige kontekster og havde behov for en uddannelse, der gav mig masser af stimuli og frihed til at udforske meget på egen hånd.

    Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik med fra uddannelsen?
    Sindssygt mange impulser og refleksioner fra medstuderende og underviserne. Jeg fik mulighed for at have timer med nogle rigtig seje folk som virkelig gav mig indblik i hvordan man kan gøre musikken til en livsstil. Samtidig lærte jeg rigtig meget om digital musikproduktion, hvilket er essentielt for alt jeg laver nu.

    Hvordan ser fremtiden ud i musikbranchen?
    Musik er tidløst og universelt i sig selv. Så den er jeg ikke bange for. Branchen skyder sig selv i foden fordi den skaber afgrænsede arenaer og udtryk den så kapitaliserer på til der ikke er mere at hente. Jeg fokuserer på musikken, og den frihed der opstår i det musikalske øjeblik, og tænker ikke så meget på branchen udover at jeg tager kontakt og forsøger at samarbejde med de mennesker jeg synes har gang i noget spændende.

    Jonatan Uranes, dimitteret i 2017


    Hvor arbejder du i dag?
    Om jeg skal mikse, lodde, dubbe, programmere eller designe, så gør jeg det stort set hjemme i min lejlighed. Om jeg skal larme, gør jeg det i mit øvelokale. Skal jeg fremføre noget, så sker det tit på spillesteder eller i huse. Jeg har også et sidejob som butiksmedarbejder i Brinck Elektronik, hvor jeg tjener mine penge.

    Hvordan ser en typisk arbejdsuge ud for dig?Alle dage er forskellige. Jeg har ikke rigtig nogen rutiner. For nylig tog jeg for eksempel på turné med min støjrock-duo Uraño. I halvåret op til turnéen gik der meget tid med at sende en masse mails til arrangører, komponere/indspille/mikse vores udgivelse, designe omslag og turnégrafik, dubbe kassettebånd, programmere hjemmeside og ikke mindst øve på vores musik.

    Hvorfor valgte du Musiker-uddannelsen?
    Fordi det er den uddannelse jeg kender til, der passer bedst ind med mine visioner om hvad musik er og kan være. Grunden til at jeg uddannede mig overhovedet er fordi jeg havde lyst til udforske min musik på fuld tid, uden at skulle være økonomisk afhængig af det.

    Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik med fra uddannelsen?
    Der er mange gode ting jeg har lært af at gå på RMC. Deriblandt at jeg ikke så godt kan lide at forholde mig akademisk når jeg laver min støj. Måske vigtigst af alt har jeg mødt mange mennesker som jeg nok ellers ikke ville have kommet i kontakt med. Og haft utallige samtaler om musik jeg ikke har kunnet finde andre steder.


    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.

    Artistic Development Work:

    Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

    Søren Kjærgaard

    Kasper Tranberg

    Anders Mathiasen

    Sharin Foo

    Qarin Wikström

    Torben Snekkestad


    Artistic Development Work - Individual Subject-specific Tuition:

    Britt Hein Jespersen

    Cæcilie Trier

    Jacob Anderskov

    Pablo Llambias

    Nikolaj Vonsild

    Sharin Foo

    Anders Banke

    Qarin Wikström


    Special Subject:

    Kresten Osgood

    Anja Jacobsen

    Maria Laurette Friis

    Martin Ullits Dahl


    Music Education and Learning:

    Malene Bichel

    Jens Skou Olsen

    Torben Westergaard

    Kim Boeskov

    Maria Westvall

    Albert Raft Rasmussen



    Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

    Jeppe Zeeberg

    Nikolaj Vonsild

    Simon Formann

    Simon Toldam

    Maria Faust

    Marie Fisker

    Lotte Anker

    Michael Møller

    Anders P. Jensen

    Jacob Anderskov


    Cultural and Business Studies:

    Sharin Foo

    Thorsten Høeg

    Henrik Marstal

    Kresten Osgood

    Head of programme

    Programme Coordinator

    Claus Finderup

    Study Programme (BMus 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.

    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.