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The Master’s in Music Performance is a two-year programme that provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the inquiry and practice as a creative, performing musician. The programme focuses on the interplay between live performance, studio recording, project work and reflective dialogue. You will have the flexibility to shape the programme in accordance with your artistic goals and visions. The programme offers plenty of opportunity for you to hone your skills as a creative, performing musician and to develop new ideas through an inquiring practice. You will have access to individual guidance related to your educational goals; you can get involved in collaborative projects across RMC’s own programmes as well as at other artistic schools at Holmen, Copenhagen; and as part of the programme, you must organize and carry through a self-planned external semester. The programme also places emphasis on developing your entrepreneurial skills, and will give you direct access to RMC’s extensive national and international networks.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can read about this below. Under APPLICATION and ENTRANCE EXAMINATION you will find all the relevant information you need before you apply through Varbi Admission. You can apply from 1 January 2019 at 00:00 to 28 February 2019 at 23:59 CET.

Read the general information about the application process HERE.

Application

Who can apply?

You must either have passed the Bachelor programme Music Performance at RMC, or possess a relevant bachelor’s degree from another Danish or foreign academy of music. The Conservatory may accept other similar entrance qualifications.

Please note that only a limited number of students can be admitted to the master’s programmes at the Conservatory each year, so the applicants will be selected on the basis of abilities and skills.

WHERE TO APPLY

All applications are submitted online through RMC’s Varbi Admission system. Hard copies will not be accepted.
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. Online application guidelines are listed below.

What should the application contain?

You will be requested to answer the following questions:

  • What are your artistic goals/visions? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What skills do you think you need to develop in order to achieve your goals? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What knowledge do you consider necessary in order to achieve your goals? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Please give 2-3 examples of projects (subject/content, project type) that you would consider to work on during the programme (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Personal portfolio – written description: Please give a brief description of your reflections related to the uploaded music. (max. 1000 keystrokes)

You will be asked to upload the following:

  • Personal portfolio – music: Please upload 2-3 sound examples of projects for which you have been artistically responsible, and which you believe represent you as a creative and performing musician (total duration of the examples: 5 minutes).
    Submission format: MP3
  • Personal portfolio – credit list: Please Upload a list of credits with precise specification of your own role and, if applicable, the role of any others in relation to the 2-3 musical projects.
    Submission format: PDF
  • Documentation of your Bachelor degree or expected Bachelor degree, i.e. Degree Certificate including Diploma Supplement or equivalent documenting your studies and the content of the courses you have passed, and confirming that your Bachelor programme will be completed by 1 July 2019.

Other submitted material will not be included in the assessment.

Entrance examination

Timeline for the application process: Important dates

  • Deadline for applications in Varbi Admission: 28 February at 23:59 CET
  • Entrance exam invitation or rejection notification: Between 4-8 March 2019
  • Entrance exam: 1-5 April 2019
  • Decision on entrance exam, admission or rejection: 10 April 2019
  • Programme start: 19 August 2019.

Who is selected for the entrance examination?

All applicants who meet the admission requirements will be invited to attend an entrance examination.

If you have completed a relevant Danish or foreign bachelor’s programme in music, which does not provide direct admission, your application will be assessed individually. If approved, you will be further assessed by means of an entrance examination. As a general rule, the more closely related the bachelor’s degree is to the master’s programme applied for, the better the chances of being admitted.

Form and content of the entrance examination

The entrance examination consists of a concert and an interview.

  • Concert
    You perform a self-selected repertoire with a group of your own choice (at least one other person, who sings or plays an instrument). The repertoire must include material composed and/or arranged by you.
    Duration: 10 minutes, including any changeovers.
  • Interview
    An interview with a panel of two assessors on the basis of your concert, personal portfolio and written application. You will be interviewed on your own.
    Duration: 10 minutes.

The three components of the entrance examination (concert, interview and personal portfolio) will be assessed as a whole by the panel. Emphasis will be placed on your artistic and academic standard, and your study project plan.

AFTER THE ENTrance EXAMINATION

ADMISSION

After the entrance examination, the Conservatory will decide whom to admit. The selection is based on the results achieved at the entrance examination, and the requirements of the music business. Due to the limited number of study places, the conservatory cannot guarantee that all qualified applicants will be admitted.

Waiting list

A small number of applicants qualified for admission but unsuccessful due to a limited number of places available, may be offered a place on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list may be offered admission no later than 1 June.

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. If the applicant does not speak or understand Danish, the examination can be carried out in English

Programme structure

The Master’s programme corresponds to 120 ECTS points, equivalent to two years of full-time study at 1,620 hours per year. A year of full-time study includes all work connected with the studies, including classes, independent study, examinations and all other study-related activities.

The Master’s programme comprises studies at an advanced level, and has its emphasis on in-depth study, individual options and innovation, with the aim of strengthening your artistic profile.

To a large extent, the programme content takes the form of independent project work, which allows you to organise the process yourself within a set framework – in dialog with your teacher. The majority of the programme is structured around a certain amount of weekly tuition, class-based as well as individual, and part of the subjects are taken together with students of the Conservatory’s other Master’s programmes.

There are good opportunities for co-operation with the other programmes of the Conservatory, as well as with other artistic educational institutions in Holmen, Copenhagen.

The subjects of the programme are Music Performance, Electives, Entrepreneurship and Master’s project, of which the central subject is Music Performance. In the subject, you work primarily with your own independent projects, but you will also participate in projects and themed courses where the Conservatory sets the framework.

The third semester of the program is a compulsory external semester, which may consist of exchanges at another educational institution or internship with an external partner.

The programme concludes with a self-defined Master’s project within the subject of Music Performance, which results in a recorded work (digitally uploaded), a public concert and a written report, in which the student presents his or her reflections on the project.

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

SUBJECT 1. SEM 2. SEM 3. SEM 4. SEM ECTS PR. SUBJECT
Music Performance 15 15 30
Entrepreneurship 5 5 10
External, Integrated Module 30 30
Electives 10 10 10 30
Master’s projekt 20 20
ECTS total 30 30 30 30 120

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, however some subjects are offered in English. Teaching given by guest teachers, or in connection with study tours, will however typically be provided in English.

Career opportunities

Graduates of Music Performance are typically employed as freelance musicians in bands, or as soloists, or in connection with theatrical, television and film productions. Many graduates also work as composers, songwriters and producers in their own projects or those of other artists. 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.

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