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 ambition. 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. This is what you will study on the study programme Music Production.

On the basis og basic theoretical knowledge about music production, solid skills and far reaching artistic and interdisciplinary competencies, graduates work professionally with music production and possess knowledge, skill and competencies based on artistic practice and, where relevant, artistic development research and scientific theory. The technological equipment in connection with facilitating and creative competencies is the instrument in creating music for a music producer.

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?

Read more about it on this page. Read the text under APPLICATION and ENTRANCE EXAMINATION thoroughly, before applying. The website is open for applications from 1 October 2018 at 00:00 until 3 December 2018 at 23:59.

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 seek admission 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 RMC's Varbi Admission system.
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. You do not have to submit physical copies of the application. What is required in the application, is described below and in the application form itself.

WHAT SHOULD THE APPLICATION CONTAIN?

In the application form you will be asked to answer the following:

  • Please describe your personal reasons for applying for this study progamme. (Max 1000 keystrokes)
  • How do you think the course can help you to achieve your artistic and professional goals? (Max 1000 keystrokes)
  • Please describe how you see the music production field and the functions within it. How do you see your role in it? (Max 1000 keystrokes)

In the application form you will be asked to upload the following:

  • A short CV in which you describe your experience within music production as a producer and/or sound engineer.

Other enclosures will not be considered in the assessment.

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.

You pay by card via an online payment solution at Varbi Admission, after filling in the application form. RMC will not cover any fees associated with the payment.

DEADLINE 

The deadline for applications is 1 December at 23:59 CET. If this date is a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the deadline will be at 23:59 CET on the next weekday.

It is important that you have paid the 500 DKK application fee before the deadline. Failing to do so means that your application is not valid and will not be considered.

Entrance examination

Timeline for the application process: important dates

  • Information meeting at RMC: 7 November 2018
  • Deadline for applications in Varbi Admission: 3 December 2018 at 23:59 CET
  • Call for 1st round: No later than 14 December by email
  • Entrance examination, 1st round: 3-4 + 7-8 January 2019
  • Outcome of the 1st round: Call for 2nd round or not through week 3 2019 via email
  • Entrance examination, 2nd round: Week 23-24 January 2019
  • Outcome of 2nd round: Admission or rejection 10 april 2019 by email
  • Start of study: Monday 19 August 2019

WHO IS SELECTED FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

All who apply for admission to the Bachelor programme in Music Production at RMC, will be invited to an entrance examination at the conservatory.

FORM AND CONTENT OF THE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination for the bachelor programme in music production consists of two rounds.

1st round consists of a presentation of own music production and a mixing test.

2nd round consists of a presentation of your production of the appointed material, presentation of your own music production and an interview.

1ST ROUND - PRESENTATION & MIX

The 1st round of the entrance examination falls in two parts - presentation of own music production and a mixing test.

  • You must present 2-3 examples of your own music production – music that you have produced/recorded/mixed. Minimum one of the tracks must have been produced for others - where you have produced others' musical expression and/or performance. In other words: you must not be the composer or performer of the track.
    The music must be supplied on a USB key in the file format WAV, AIFF or MP3, and will be played on the examiner's computer. Total duration 5 minutes.
     
  • You must also bring a credit list clearly stating your own role in the productions. 
     
  • The presentation is followed by a mixing test, in which you must mix an appointed musical example of approximately three 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 gives you an opportunity to consider your artistic approach to the mix and plan your use of time for the test itself. You can choose to mix on either our analogue SSL AWS-900 console or in a DAW (Pro Tools or Logic Pro X).
    Total duration of the mixing test is 5 minutes.

The 1st round is carried out for a panel of three examinators.

After the 1st round, an overall assessment is undertaken, based on:

  • Your ability to create music, borne by an independent artistic expression.
  • To which extent you possesses skills in music production and other relevant musical skills, necessary to realize your music and artistic expression.

SELECTION AFTER THE 1ST ROUND

 of the results of the 1st round, a number of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round of the entrance examination. This group is usually three times larger than the number of applicants who can be admitted to the programme.

The 1st round examination must be passed in order for the applicant to proceed to the 2nd round.

You will be informed about the outcome of the first round via e-mail. Applicants who are selected to advance to the 2nd round will in the email be informed about the scheduling of the 2nd round examination. In addition, it contains a download link for a piece of appointed music of approx. 2 min duration to work with and present to the 2nd round.

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

2ND ROUND – PRESENTATION AND INTERVIEW

The 2nd round of the entrance examination falls in three parts - presentation of own music, presentation of your production of the appointed material and an interview.

  • You must present 2 examples of your own music production – music that you have produced/recorded/mixed. One of the tracks must have been produced for others - where you have produced others' musical expression and/or performance. In other words: you must not be the composer or performer of the work. The material must not be identical with 1st round material. Total duration 3 minutes.
    The music must be supplied on a USB key in the file format WAV, AIFF or MP3, and will be played on the examiner's computer.
     
  • You must also bring a credit list clearly stating your own role in the 2 productions, with clear indication of your own role.
     
  • You must present your version of the appointed material – We are interested hearing what you can and will, and how you focus your production. Total duration 2 minutes.
     
  • The presentations are followed by an interview, where you get the opportunity to elaborate and place into perspective your professional and artistic profile, professional goals and motivation to apply for admission to the programme.

The interview is based on your written application, the 2nd round presentation, CV and the 1st round presentation and mixing test. Total duration 10 minutes.

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

ASSESSMENT AFTER THE 2ND ROUND

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

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

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

AFTER THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

ADMISSION

Based on the results of the entrance examination’s 1st and 2nd round, the best-qualified applicants are 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.

Siw 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 telephone feedback from the internal examiner.

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 Conservatory must be in receipt of the medical certificate no later than three days after the examination has been held. 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 other times than those announced 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 Composition provides the students with a foundation for further studies at Master´s level at a Danish or a foreign conservatoire. RMC offers the Masters´s programmes Music Performance, hereunder European Jazz Master and Nordic Master: The Composing Musician, as well as Music Creation and Music Education.

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.

Ask Kæreby, graduated in 2007


Where do you work today?
I work so to speak everywhere. I'm a freelancer in music production, concert sound, installation art, film and video, theatre – and I also teach. There is a lot of freedom associated with freelancing, which I greatly appreciate, even if it can sometimes be a strain when your (working) life is so fluid and open.

Why did you decide to take the Sound Engineering programme?
When I applied, the Sound Engineering programme was where I saw the greatest opportunity to develop my musical and technical abilities. I also needed to quickly meet people in the industry and build up a network.

How do you see the future for music production?
I see a trend toward more “flexible generalists” - by which I mean people who can perform many (if not all) of the tasks relating to music production, but who only take care of those parts that the artists cannot manage themselves, and who also have the experience to know when you need a specialist. 

August Wanngren, graduated in 2005


Where do you work today?
I work in my own studio in Copenhagen, mainly as a sound engineer, but also increasingly as a producer.

What does a typical working day look like for you?
I work every day in my studio, mixing and producing. Sometimes the customer is with me in the studio, while at other times I work alone. In the case of major recordings I do the work out-of-house, in a larger studio than my own. Sometimes I mix live sound for the artists I've been working with in the studio. I spend about 90% of my time in the studio, and 10% as a live sound mixer.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
Experience. With more than 1,500 hours logged in RMC’s ‘A’ studio, I really had a chance to explore the mystery of music production in every detail. My time at RMC gave me a solid foundation to stand on, both technically and musically. Combined with the network I also received, I felt well prepared for the real world outside the safe environment of the Conservatory. 

Teachers

Below, you can see a list of teaching staff on the programme in the current study year, permanent academic staff as well as contract teachers - click the name for more info.

RMC prioritize diversity in terms of genre and fields of expertise when putting the group of teachers together. Students are offered a broad spectrum of impulses from both permanent teaching staff, contract teachers and visiting teachers, and in core subjects of the programme the tuition delivered by permanent academic staff will as a rule not exceed two thirds of the total amount of lessons.

When studying on the programme you will also have great possibility to meet many external/visiting teachers in courses, projects, and so forth.

Note: The subjects, Artistic Development Work and Special Subject, will from August 2019 be replaced by the subject Music Production.

 

Artistic Development Work:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Anders Mathiasen

Lars Greve

Nis Bysted Andersen

Jacob Anderskov

Torben Snekkestad

 

Special Subject:

Morten Büchert

Morten Kragh

 

Music Education and Learning:

Malene Bichel

Nana Jacobi

Jens Skou Olsen

Torben Westergaard

Gustav Rasmussen

Lars Brinck

 

Composition:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Cæcilie Trier

Simon Toldam

Anders P. Jensen

Jacob Anderskov

 

Cultural and Business Studies:

Carolina Eccheveri

Anna Ullman

Henrik Marstal

Christian Taagehøj

 

Electives:

August Wanngren, Niklas Schack, Diana Tørsløv, Jacob Eriksen, Morten Büchert, Lars Greve, Marcus Winther-John, Jeppe Zeeberg, Rasmus Kjærgaard, Kresten Osgood, Anders Banke, Mads Emil Nielsen, Thorsten Høeg, Pablo Llambias, Flemming Agerskov, Jeppe Just, Kasper Tranberg og Marc Facchini-Madsen.

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk

Study Programme (BMus MPro)