The Master programme at the Department of Music and Dance, University of Stavanger, is strongly emphasising the performing aspect in the student. All subjects are ment to build the music student as a performer and a reflected artist in his own field. The programme is fit for both classical, jazz/impro and conducting students.
A main teacher will be appointed to each student, who will be in charge of the weekly/scheduled teaching (students are free to take lessons from other teachers sporadically, but should clarify this with their main teacher first).
Weekly classes/in-depth teaching, main instrument.
Accompaniment (for orchestra instruments and singers)
Weekly (individual instruction of main instrument and accompaniment may be combined as necessary).
Seminar/interpretation in the instrument group
Weekly (except for master class weeks).
Will be organised in collaboration with main instrument teacher.
Compulsory communal class for all students at least once a month. The various main teachers organise the masterclass instructions between them, either by each one taking responsibility for each seminar, or by having more people take part in the same.
Planning will take place in collaboration with the University’s concert coordinator, where the individual student sets the time for the concerts as agreed with their main teacher and concert coordinator. The student will be required to collect the necessary information for press releases and concert programs. Students can also arrange their own concerts, and house concerts can make suitable forums for gaining experience.
Students should attend as many as possible of the concerts by professional musicians in the region, including festivals and other intensive events.
Organised teaching in repertoire knowledge, studies of scores, and work on various recordings and supplementary literature as agreed. Students may also be asked to play certain more recent pieces as part of their repertoire.
Practice and concert opportunities
The School occupies approximately 6500 square meters of space and includes the Conservatory building as well as additional space in the adjacent buildings of Bjergsted Terrace. Facilities include classrooms, practise rooms, five dance studios, two computer labs, a well- stocked library, three recording studios, administrative and faculty offices, a canteen, and three performance spaces, including a recital hall.
Opportunities for teaching practise occur in cooperation with the Stavanger Music and Culture School and local elementary schools. In addition, the School offers evening classes in dance for children and youth.
Concert and performance opportunities for students are many. Over 100 individual concerts are presented each year in addition to larger projects such as the annual opera production and the spring dance performance.
Opening hours campus Bjergsted
Using the electronic key chip, you have access to the buildings between 7 am and 11 pm every day. The alarm will be triggered if you stay in the building outside this time slot. If the alarm is triggered, the security company will issue an invoice with a NOK 2100 fee (per 2017). The person who triggered the alarm will be responsible for paying the invoice.
The entrance doors to the main building are open between 8 am and 3 pm from May 15th through September 14th, and between 8 am and 3.45 pm during the winter months.
The doors are locked during July.
The reception is open between Mon-Fri 10 am and 3 pm, and closes during the lunch hours (11.30am – 12 noon).
Application and Admission
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR ADMISSION
Deadline for uploading all required documents to the application web is: January 15.
1. ELECTRONIC APPLICATION FORM
You need to fill in and submit the electronic application form within the deadline for uploading. You will get the link to the electronic application form in the email-receipt, after completing your registration in the application web.
Remember to submit the following information in the electronic application form:
- Audition programme
All applicants to music performance studies need to fill in an audition programme for 45 minutes repertoire in the electronic application form. The demands of repertory volume and versatility on the Master Study programme are comprehensive. Prior to the entrance exams (live audition or recording), the applicant must submit a suggested audition programme, which is expected to be of considerable difficulty. The 45 minute program must contain samples from styles and genres relevant to the instrument. Also, it should be representative of and relevant to your field of specialization/ in-depth study/ master project.
- Uploaded Recording or live auditioning?
The chosen audition programme must either be performed on a live audition in week 10, or it can be uploaded as an unedited recorded video of 45 minutes to a third-party provider such as YouTube or Vimeo. The entrance auditions will be arranged in week 10 each year at our Department in Stavanger. If you are a foreign student living outside Scandinavia you can upload a recording.
- Plans for your master project
We would like to know if you have special interests that you want to work with during the Master programme; a special area (the classical area, the baroque area), a special composer, a certain musical piece etc.
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2. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR UPLOADING
These documents needs to be uploaded in the application web for applicants to the
Master in Music Performance Programme:
– Sheet music
You need to upload all the sheet music if you want to use the Departments accompanist on your audition.
Only required for applicants coming to Stavanger for live auditions in week 10.
All applicants to music performance studies need to send a list of played repertoire for their main- instrument for at least 180 minutes (30 minutes of it should be chamber music/ ensemble music).
– Letter of Intention/ statement of Purpose
We need a small motivation letter (letter of intention); why you want to study in Stavanger, Norway etc. You can choose to write your statement directly in the electronic application form instead if you wish. Max. 600 words.
– Some academic references/ recommendations
From your former teacher/ academy etc.
– CV/ Resumé
– Formal documentation of English language
Proficiency in English is required for all students in Norway. Students who are not native English speakers, must document their knowledge of English.
Please find detailed information regarding language requirements (required test and minimum scores) here.
TOEFL: Must be sent directly by the ETS Test Centre to the University of Stavanger, institution code 8467.
IELTS: Must be uploaded in the application web.
– Education papers
We need transcript of records, your Bachelor’s diploma or other equivalent documentation from your university education. If possible, these documents should (in addition to the uploading) be issued directly by your university and provided in a sealed envelope. Student copies are not accepted, the uploaded documents have to be pictures of the originals. If the documentation is officially translated, a copy of the documents in the original language should also be provided.
We also need your Final diploma from Higher Secondary School (as specified on the GSU- list) in English or a certified English translation.
Students who are admitted to the University of Stavanger must bring their original diploma and transcript of records to Norway. Students failing to present their original diploma and transcript of records upon request will lose their student status at the University of Stavanger. Any falsification discovered will be reported to the police and Norwegian Immigration Authorities (UDI).
– Copy of your passport
Pages of your passport showing your picture, full name, date of birth and nationality.
– Change of name
Documentation of change of name, if relevant (e.g. marriage certificate). Must be officially translated to English.
Visa and study permit
Most students need a visa to enter Norway and a study permit if they are attending a Norwegian university.
Citizens from NON – EU/EEA countries need a study permit in order to enter Norway. Please note that as a part of the study permit application, the UDI requires documentation showing how your stay will be financed. Approx. NOK 116 369 per year is required. Self-financing students will receive guidance on the financial procedure in May with their Letter of Admission.
In order to be admitted to the 2- years Master in Music Performance Programme a completed Bachelor Degree in Music Performance (minimum 180 ECTS) is required. At least 90 ECTS of the Bachelor programme must consist of music performance subjects.
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