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

  • 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 by email
  • 1st round: 6-9 January 2020
  • Outcome of the 1st round: No later than 15 January 2020 by email
  • 2nd round: 20-21 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

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 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 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)
  • Describe your background and experience, both as a music producer as well as general music related experiences. (Max 1200 keystrokes)
  • Elaborate 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)

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.

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 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.

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.

SELECTION AFTER THE 1ST ROUND

Based on the results of the 1st round, a number of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round of the entrance examination.

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

Should you proceed to the 2nd round we will invite you by email, containing a a download link for a piece of appointed music of approx. 2 min duration, that you will to work with and present at 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.

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

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 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, dimitteret i 2018

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Hvad arbejder du med i dag?
Jeg producerer for artister, skriver for og med artister, og mixer. En gang imellem tager jeg også ud og river i nogle fadere på et spillested, noget jeg ikke turde eller havde evnerne til, før jeg startede på RMC.

Hvorfor søgte du ind på Musikproduktion?
Jeg kendte to der gik på linjen, og ud fra hvad jeg hørte dem fortælle, lød det som det rigtige for mig. Jeg endte med at bruge uddannelsen til noget helt andet end dem, men det er også det jeg ser som styrken ved linjen: der er kun veje skræddersyet af dig selv, til dig selv.

Hvad er musikproduktion for dig?
Kunsten at forstå hvad musikken foran dig har brug for, for at kunne opnå sit fulde potentiale.

Hvad er det vigtigste, du har fået med fra din uddannelse?
Netværk, basisviden, venskaber, inspiration, for at nævne nogle få ting, men måske vigtigst af alt et sprog til at snakke om, beskrive, forklare musik, for og med mennesker med alle slags musikalske præferencer.

Hvilke råd vil du give til en mulig ansøger?
For det første, RMC er ikke for alle. Bliv derfor ikke fortvivlet over en afvisning af din ansøgning – de fleste af mine kollegaer i det virkelig liv har ikke gået på RMC.

For det andet, tag ansvar. For din ansøgning, brug tiden og få reflekteret over, hvad der bedst repræsenterer dig. Hvis du kommer ind, tag ansvar for dit studie og dine medstuderende. Det er dig der former den uddannelse, der kommer til at præge dig og jer. Hvis du sidder på dine hænder og venter på guldkornene, så kommer du for sent.

Jakob Wredstrøm, dimitteret i 2018

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Hvad arbejder du med i dag?
Jeg arbejder primært som sangskriver og producer rundt omkring i de nordiske lande og ejer et publishing-selskab med fem andre partnere, Desuden laver jeg kreativt konsulentarbejde på et pladeselskab i form af sangskrivning, produktion og marketing. Jeg er ikke fastansat, da jeg hellere vil arbejde ud fra mine egne præmisser.

Hvorfor søgte du ind på Musikproduktion?
For at udvide mit netværk inden for musikbranchen, have tid og fokus til fordybelse i at forbedre mine evner inden for musikproduktion, og have en naturlig overgang til en mere professionel del af branchen end jeg allerede var i. Jeg var kørt lidt død i at være selvstændig producer og ikke have et veletableret netværk. Derfor var RMC et perfekt match for mig.

Hvad er musikproduktion for dig?
At se sammenhængen mellem forskellige musikalske samarbejder og at være i stand til at kunne samle forskellige mennesker og musikalske elementer under én samlet æstetik.

Hvad er det vigtigste, du har fået med fra din uddannelse?
Mest af alt, er jeg blevet meget bevidst om min egen praksis. Hvorfor jeg laver hvad jeg laver, hvad mine styrker og svagheder er, og hvilken del af musikken som giver mig mest glæde og energi.

Hvilke råd vil du give til en mulig ansøger?
Vær den ansøger der er mest sulten efter at komme ind. Dit drive skal være enestående! 

Jessica Petersen, dimitteret i 2014

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Hvad arbejder du med i dag?
Jeg arbejder fuldtid som lydtekniker, primært med livekoncerter. Jeg driver også et lille mix/podcast studie, samt laver tourproduktion for en masse artister og bands.

Hvorfor søgte du ind på Musikproduktion?
Fordi jeg først og fremmest havde og stadig har en kæmpe interesse i musik. Jeg var som teenager allerede meget interesseret i, hvordan man skabte musikken og hele processen omkring det at være i studie. Jeg havde ikke lyst til selv at stå på en scene, men jeg begyndte at se op til personligheder som Tony Visconti, Phil Spector og Rick Rubin og hvordan de blev de “usynlige” medlemmer af nogle af deres tids største bands med deres helt personlige touch og sound. Senere fandt jeg også ud af hvor stor en forskel man kan gøre i livemusikken, og hvordan man kan udvikle sig selv i alverdens både stressede og udfordrende situationer.

Hvad er musikproduktion for dig?
Musikproduktion er ligesom sangskrivning noget som er med til at skabe og videreudvikle musikken. Det får musikken ind i de rigtige rammer, og gør at selve kernen i musikken kommer frem i det lys der skal til, for at lytteren bliver fanget og ført ind i musikken.

Hvad er det vigtigste, du har fået med fra din uddannelse?
Jeg har fået en kæmpe platform når det kommer til viden og netværk. Det har hjulpet mig til at være bedre til at tænke mig dybere ind i musikken, og også lære at sætte spørgsmålstegn ved mine egne, både lydtekniske men også kunstneriske valg, så man selv holder sig i konstant udvikling.

Teachers

Below, please find a list of teaching staff on the programme in the fall semester 2018, 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.

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)

Om RMC

Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium (RMC) tilbyder den højeste uddannelse inden for rytmisk samtidsmusik – et mangefacetteret begreb, som rummer vidtforgrenede udtryksformer inden for blandt andet rock, pop, jazz, urban, metal og elektronisk musik.

 

Rytmisk samtidsmusik er en skabende og performativ kunstform, som bygger på et grundlag af dybe faglige og kulturelle traditioner.

 

På RMC er rytmisk samtidsmusik karakteriseret ved åbenhed, nysgerrighed, mangfoldighed og kritisk stillingtagen.

RMC's vision 2019-2022

RMC er en pionér blandt uddannelses-, videns- og kulturinstitutioner inden for samtidsmusik.

 

På RMC udvikler studerende og ansatte sig i et dynamisk miljø baseret på inspirerende dialog og nyskabende udforskning.

 

RMC uddanner fremtidens innovatorer, som skaber musik og musikopleveler, der beriger og bevæger.

 

Båret af dyb indsigt og højt udviklet kunnen træder RMC’s dimittender aktivt ind i samfundet og forløser potentialer i et mangfoldigt netværk af relationer, både lokalt og globalt.