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Do you want to develop further as a musician? At the master’s programme in music performance you work diligently to further develop your technical skills at an advanced and professional level. You advance your skills as an instrumentalist, develop a personal expression, and gain specialized knowledge about your instrument. The program also has a theoretical component where you acquire knowledge about the field of music, and learn to relate this theoretical knowledge to practical performance of music. The knowledge and skills you learn in the course, gives you a solid foundation to engage in musical innovation and communicate about and through music.

What do you learn?

  • You will develop technical skills as a musician and instrumentalist at a high professional level.
  • You will acquire further understanding about the relations between music theory, music history and music performance.
  • You develop an academic and professional basis which is crucial to reflection, creativity and innovation in the field of music.
  • You will get broad knowledge on how to carry out advanced tasks and projects in the field of music.
  • The program provides a comprehensive introduction to the musicological disciplines and how to facilitate research on your own music.

Job opportunities

Upon completed course you will earn a master’s degree in music performance. The program qualifies to work as a professional musician, as well as for creative and artistic work in the arts and cultural sector. It is a good starting point for a musical career. Completed master’s degree may qualify to attend studies on a higher level, such as the PhD program at the University of Agder.

Student exchange

You can take part of the master’s program in Music Performance, Western Classical Music abroad. It is facilitated for exchange in the 3rd semester.

More about exchange in Music Performance, Western Classical Music

Course structure

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1. sem Master’s Programme in Classical MusicClassical Music theoretical Master’s ThesisClassical music performance based Master’s Thesis
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Admission requirements

See supplementary regulations regarding admission.

  1. Academic basis
    Academic basis: passed and completed major subject in music performance or equivalent with no less than 80 credits.
  2. Ranking of applicants
    Applicants are ranked based on a performance test which includes the following parts:
    a) Performance test. If passed, the performance test gives from 10 to 20 credits. Applicants with less than 10 credits have not passed the performance test. The performance test accounts for 80 % of the total number of credits.
    b) Interview, which gives from 10 to 20 credits. The interview accounts for 20 % of the total number of credits.
    The performance test must be passed in order to sit for the interview.
    Further information about the performance test is provided by the Faculty.
  3. Conditional offer of admission
    Conditional offer of admission may be given to applicants who lack no more than 15 credits of the admission requirements apart from their major subject if the criteria stated in the Regulations concerning admission to programmes and courses at the University of Agder § 26 are met.

See information about auditions.

Audition and expectations

Your musical skills are tested through an audition. The content and organisation of the audition to music educations in Norway differ between the institutions. Read the information about the auditions and how to apply to the University of Agder when you apply for out study programmes. The auditions are organised depending on the degree, specialization and main instrument.

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