Music Production

The purpose of the study programme is to educate music producers who have a personal voice and vast experience with the craftsmanship and artistic methods belonging to the field of music production. In detail the field of the education includes the close, creative cooperative relationship between artists, song writers, musicians, composers, A&R’s and more.

A student in music production develops and examines how to create a product of a musical performance typically in the form of concerts and in the studio. Each project will define what a music producer has to do to create the best conditions in realizing the artistic intention. The tools used can come from different areas and range from sound engineering, dialogue, feedback, composition, work on lyric, arrangement, mixing etc. However, the focal point is the ability to communicate and create results together with and through others.

On the basis of basic theoretical knowledge about music production, solid skills and far reaching artistic and interdisciplinary competencies, graduates work professionally with music production.

The study programme takes its starting-point in the student, and aims to further develop the individual’s artistic and educational profile. You will become part of a diverse and inspirational learning environment in which teachers, tutors and fellow students will challenge and stimulate the student’s individual development. The programme consists of a mixture of scheduled classes, internships and intense project periods, and via the conservatory’s extensive cooperation with external partners in Denmark and abroad, the students obtain access to an extensive professional network that will strengthen your future employment opportunities in a changing music industry.

HOW DO I APPLY?

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

TIMELINE

  • Online information meeting via Zoom: 10 November 2020.
    More info TBA.
  • Deadline for online application: 1 December 2020 at 12:00 CET.
  • 1st round: Week 1, 2021. You are not present.
  • Outcome of the 1st round: No later than 15 January 2021, by email.
  • 2nd round: 27-29 January 2021.
  • Outcome of 2nd round: 18 February 2021, by email.
  • Start of study: 23 August 2021.

Read the general information about the application process HERE

Application

WHO CAN APPLY?

In addition to possessing good musical, sound engineering and cooperative skills, you must have worked on a sufficient number of productions, and thereby acquired a sufficient amount of experience and insight, to enable a clear personal expression and innovative approach to be perceptible in you at the entry audition. All genres and styles are welcome.

You must be able to take responsibility for your own learning process and be able to work independently. You should in general be open to develop new aspects of yourself as an artist.

Finally, you should also have good communicative and interpersonal skills, as music producers, as a natural part of their job, must be able to work with many different kinds of people in stressful situations.

The entrance examination at RMC is not coordinated with programmes at other academies of music. You are welcome to apply to several academies.
You can apply for several programmes at RMC simultaneously, but the entry examinations are not coordinated.

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?

In the application form you must upload music files, describe the uploaded music and answer a number of questions about your motivation for wanting to study at RMC, provide reflections on your artistic practice within music production, and describe your background and experience.

Music

  • Upload 3 tracks that you have produced, and which you feel provide a good picture of who you are in the field of music production.
    Total duration: 7-10 minutes
    File format: mp3

  • It is important that in all three tracks, you have made a significant artistic contribution to the sonic and production character of the works.

  • At least one of the uploaded tracks must be a production in which you have produced the music for someone else (e.g. a soloist, artist, vocalist, musician, group or band).

Supplementary information

  • Precise specification of your own role and the roles of any others in connection with each of the uploaded tracks.
  • Precise specification of who has written the music.
    Max. 750 keystrokes in all.
     
  • A brief description of the submitted tracks. If the tracks are extracts from longer pieces, state this.
    Max. 1,200 keystrokes in all.

Written Application

  • What is your motivation for studying at RMC?
  • What do you wish to learn?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes in all.
     
  • What are your artistic visions – what do you wish to achieve with your music?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • What are your working methods – how do you work when you are creating and producing music?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • What inspires you in your artistic practice as a music producer?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • Describe your background and experience in music production, including current projects.
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • Describe any other music-related experience, such as your experience as a music teacher, or as a musical partner in other contexts. Briefly describe your role.
    Max. 500 keystrokes.
     
  • State any previous music-related programmes of higher education (conservatory, university, teacher training college, university college, etc.) and other education.
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes in all.

APPLICATION FEE

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.

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

WHO IS SELECTED FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

All who apply for admission to the Bachelor programme Music Production will have their applications assessed at the first round of the entrance examination.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

The purpose of the entrance examination is to:

  • To give the assessors an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate your creative qualifications and development potential within music production.
  • To give you an opportunity to demonstrate your professional and artistic profile to the widest possible extent.
  • To ensure that your background and experience, your reflections on your artistic practice as a music producer and your motivation to study at RMC are communicated.

FORM AND CONTENT OF THE Entrance EXAMINATION

The entrance examination takes place in two rounds.

The 1st round consists of an assessment of the submitted tracks and the supplementary information.

The second round consists of a work presentation, a mixing test and an interview.

1ST ROUND

The first round consists of an assessment of the submitted tracks and the supplementary information (credit list, brief description of the submitted music examples).

You will not be present at the assessment.

ASSESSMENT AFTER THE 1ST ROUND

At the first round, an assessment panel consisting of two assessors will make an overall assessment on the basis of the submitted tracks and the supplementary information.
In the assessment, emphasis is placed on:

  • Your ability to create music and musical experiences borne by an independent artistic expression.
  • The extent to which you possess the music production skills necessary to realise the music and your artistic expression as a music producer.
  • The extent to which you possess the other relevant professional skills that are necessary to realise the music and your artistic expression as a music producer.

You will be awarded points on a 100-point scale, which is a subdivision of the 7-point scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 on the 7-point scale, is required to pass the examination.

The assessment is given in relation to the level required to commence the study programme.

SELECTION AFTER THE 1ST ROUND

On the basis of the assessments, RMC selects a number of applicants to advance to the second round. This group is usually three times larger than the number of applicants who can be admitted to the programme. The selection process also takes into account the requirements of the music business.

The applicant must pass the first round in order to advance to the second round.

All applicants will receive a response to the first round via e-mail. Applicants who are selected to advance to the second round of the entrance examination will be notified in the e-mail of the precise time at which the examination will be held.

All applicants who do not advance to the second round are offered a brief, five-minute telephone conversation with the responsible internal examiner, who will elaborate on the assessment result on the basis of the assessment criteria used.

2ND ROUND – work PRESENTATION, mix test AND INTERVIEW

The 2nd round of the entrance examination falls in three parts:

Work Presentation
You must bring and play two fully-produced works that meet the following criteria:

  • The first work must be a production in which you have produced the music for someone else (e.g. a soloist, artist, vocalist, musician, group or band).
    Duration: 3 minutes.
  • You must bring a credit list for the first work you present.
  • The work must not be identical with the works you uploaded in your application and on which you were assessed in the first round.
     
  • The second work must be a new production created by you on the basis of the audio files you received from RMC in connection with the invitation to advance to the second round.
    Duration: 2 minutes.
     
  • You must bring the works on a USB key in WAV, AIFF or MP3 file format, so that they can be played on the examination director’s computer.
    Total duration of the work presentation: 5 minutes

Mix Test
You must mix a provided track of approximately 2-3 minutes’ duration.

Prior to the test, you will receive a link to a stereo audio file with a version of the piece of music to be mixed for the test. This will give you an opportunity to consider your artistic approach to the mix, and plan how you will use your time in the actual test.

You can choose whether you wish to mix on our analogue SSL AWS-900 desk or a DAW (Pro Tools or Logic Pro X).
Total duration of the mixing test: 5 minutes.

Interview
The interview is based on the work presentation, the mixing test and your written application. The interview has a duration of ten minutes.

The presentation, the mix test and the interview are carried out in front of a panel of three assessors. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the entrance examination.

ASSESSMENT AFTER THE 2ND ROUND

In the second round, an overall assessment is made of: 

  • Your ability to create and communicate music and musical experiences borne by an independent artistic expression.
  • The extent to which you possess the music production skills necessary to realise the music and your artistic expression as a music producer.
  • Whether you possess the other relevant professional skills that are necessary to realise the music and your artistic expression as a music producer.
  • Your ability to reflect on your artistic practice as a music producer.

Emphasis is also placed on your experience of developing and realising artistic projects, independently or 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.

AFTER THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

ADMISSION

On the basis of the results of both rounds, the best-qualified applicants will be admitted to the programme. If several applicants are equally well-qualified, factors such as the requirements of the music business may be included in the Conservatory’s decision on who to admit.

Eight students are usually admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of places available, the Conservatory may be obliged to reject some applicants even if they have passed the entrance examination.

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

All applicants who are not admitted will be offered a brief, eight-minute telephone conversation with the responsible internal examiner, who will elaborate on the assessment result on the basis of the assessment criteria used.

WAITING LIST

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 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. Foreign applicants may however take the entrance examination in English.

Programme structure

The Bachelor study programme in music production 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 student’s artistic expression and professional qualifications to enable the students to create and communicate an independent artistic expression, and to develop and practise artistic-based teaching.

The study programme has its focus on the student's own practice ideas and projects, based on a joint platform of production, discussion, critique and exchange of experience. 

The subject Music Production is the core of the programme. The knowledge and skills, the student has gained through the other subjects in the programme, are being put to use in a process- and productoriented practice. Focus is on how the music and the artistic intention are redeemed in the best possible way.

The teaching varies between individual and joint tuition sessions, and takes the form of a mixture of ongoing scheduled teaching, project weeks and practical experience. During the programme, the student also takes part in a series of self-designed productions with students from the other programmes at the Conservatory.

The programme concludes with a Bachelor project, in which students are given an opportunity to immerse themselves in a self-selected topic within the academic framework of the programme.

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

Study Plan, Music Production

SUBJECT

1st SEM.

2nd SEM.

3rd SEM.

4th SEM.

5th SEM.

6th SEM.

ECTS PER SUBJECT

Music Production

15

15

15

15

25

5

90

Bachelor Project

       

 

20 

20

Music Education & Learning

7.5

7.5

7.5

7.5

 

 

30

Composition

5

5

5

5

 

 

20

Art & Cultural Studies

2,5

2,5

2,5 2,5

 

 

10

Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

 

5

10

ECTS, TOTAL

30

30

30

30

30

30

180

 

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. 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 bachelor programme Music Production provides the students with a foundation for further studies at Master´s level at a Danish or a foreign conservatoire. A bachelor in Music Production qualifies to the Masters in Music Creation and Music Education at RMC. RMC also offers the Masters´s programmes Music Performance, including European Jazz Master and Nordic Master: The Composing Musician.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme typically find employment in live sound mixing and in recording studios, theatres, television and film. Many graduates also find employment as teachers. Graduates usually work freelance or in part-time contracts of varying duration. In the curriculum, you can read more about the qualifications of graduates of the Bachelor programme.

Ole Bjørn Heiring Sørensen, GRADUATED 2018

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What’s your job now?
I produce for artists, write for and with artists, and mix. Once in a while I go out and tear at some faders at a venue, something I never dared or had the skills to before I started at RMC.

Why did you choose to study Music Production?
I knew two people attending the programme and from what I heard, it sounded like the right place for me. I ended up using the education for something completely different than they did, but that is also what I see as the strength of the programme: the paths are all tailored for you, by you.

What is music production to you?
The art of understanding what the music in front of you needs to reach its full potential.

What was the most important you got from the programme?
Network, basic knowledge, friendships, inspiration just to name a few, but maybe most importantly a language to talk about, describe and explain music for and to people with all kinds of musical preferences.

What advice would you give a potential applicant?
First of all, RMC is not for everyone. Do not despair over the rejection of your application – most of my colleagues in real life has not attended RMC. Secondly, take responsibility. For your application, use the time and reflect on what best represent you. If you get in, take responsibility for your education and your classmates. It is up to you to shape the education that will affect both you and the class. If you sit on your hands and wait for the pearls of wisdom then you are too late.

Jakob Wredstrøm, graduated 2018

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What’s your job now?
I work primarily as a songwriter and producer in the Nordic countries and own a publishing company with five other partners. I also do creative consultancy work on a record company in the form of songwriting, production, and marketing. I am not a permanent employee because I prefer to work from my own premises.

Why did you choose to study Music Production?
To expand my network in the music industry, have the time and focus to concentrate on advancing my skill set in music production, and get a natural progression to a more professional part of the industry than I was already in. I had gotten stuck in being an independent producer and not have a well-established network. So RMC was the perfect match for me.

What is music production to you?
To see the connection between different kinds of musical collaboration and have the ability to unify different people and musical elements under one aesthetic.

What was the most important you got from the program?
Most of all, I’ve gotten very conscious of my own practice. Why I do, what I do. What my strength and weaknesses are. And what part of the music brings me the most joy and energy.

What advice would you give a potential applicant?
Be the applicant who is the hungriest to get in. Your drive must be outstanding.

Jessica Petersen, graduated 2014

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What’s your job now?
I work full time as a sound technician, primarily on live concerts. I am also in charge of a small mix/podcast studio and work on tour production for a lot of artists and bands.

Why did you choose to study Music Production?
First and foremost, I have a huge interest in music. Already as a teenager, I was very interested in how music was created and the whole process of being in a studio. I didn’t personally want to be on a stage, but I began looking up to personalities such as Tony Visconti, Phil Spector, and Rick Rubin and how they became the “invisible” members of some of the biggest bands in their eras with their personal touch and sound. Later I found out how big a difference you can make in live music and how you can develop yourself in various stressful and challenging situations.

What is music production to you?
Like songwriting, music production is about taking part in creating and advancing the music. It gives music the optimal framework and ensures the core of the music comes to light to capture the audience.

What was the most important you got from the programme?
I have gotten a huge platform when it comes to knowledge and network. It has helped me to be better at thinking more deeply into the music and has taught me to ask questions about my own sound technical and artistic choices to ensure I continue to develop.

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 Production:

Troels Boberg

Morten Büchert

Music Production - Individual Subject-specific Tuition:

Sophie Ziedoy

Troels Boberg

Saqib Hassan

Rune Rask

Robin Hunt

Nis Bysted

Morten Büchert

Jonathan Elkær

David Carlsson

Jesper Vestergaard

Frederik Tao Nordsø

Mich Hedin Hansen

Peter Jensen

Music Education and Learning:

Malene Bichel

Jens Skou Olsen

Kim Boeskov

Maria Westvall

Lars Brinck

Composition:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Stine Grøn

Kasper Staub

Nikolaj Vonsild

Maria Faust

Marie Fisker

Michael Møller

Anders P. Jensen

Jacob Anderskov

Cultural and Business Studies:

Ralf Christensen

Nanna Balslev

Morten Carlsen

Micaela Kühn Jara

Jens Tang Kristensen

Jakob Weigand Goetz

Gry Worre Hallberg

Anna Ullman

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk

Study Programme (BMus MPro)

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