Music Education

The Master’s in Music Education is a two-year music pedagogical programme which qualifies you at advanced level as a music teacher. The programme focuses – based on your artistic profile – on developing your pedagogical skills, your competencies in educational project development and project management as well as your individual artistic and pedagogical profile. The course will link relevant theory to your pedagogical projects. Practical teaching projects – independent and prearranged by RMC - are an integral part of the programme. A range of elective subjects, also offers you possibilities to accustom the programme contents to your own wishes. Furthermore, the programme places emphasis on developing your entrepreneurial skills, and offers you direct access to RMC’s extensive national and international networks.


You can read about this and much more under APPLICATION and ENTRANCE EXAMINATION below.

Timeline for the application process: important dates

  • Online application opens: 6 January 2020
  • Deadline for online application: 27 February 2020 12:00 CET
  • Entrance exam invitation or rejection notification: No later than 6 March 2020
  • Entrance exam: 30 March - 3 April 2020
  • Outcome of entrance examination: 15 april 2020 by email
  • Start of study: 17 August 2020

Read the general information about the application process HERE.



You must either have passed the Bachelor programme Music Performance, Composition or Music Production at RMC or possess a relevant bachelor’s degree from another Danish or foreign academy of music. The Conservatory may accept other similar artistic based bachelor's degrees in music as a qualification for entrance examination.

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.


You must apply online through Studieoptag.
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. 



You will be requested to answer the following questions:

  • What are your personal goals/vision – how/where do you see yourself professionally after having completed the programme? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What abilities do you think you need to possess in order to achieve your goals? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • What do you consider necessary knowledge in order to achieve your goals? And how do you work on developing you knowledge? (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Please give four examples of projects (subject/content, project type) that you would consider to work on during the programme. (500-1000 keystrokes)
  • Personal portfolio - Please give a brief written description of the two projects and your pedagogical reflections related to the projects.

You will be asked to upload the following:

  • Personal portfolio – video: Please upload two video recordings containing examples of educational/teaching projects for which you have been responsible, and which you believe present you well as a music educator (total duration of the two examples: 5 minutes). Submission format: MP4
  • Documentation of your
    • Bachelor degree, i.e. Degree Certificate including Diploma Supplement. Submission format: PDF
    • Expected Bachelor degree – documentation of your studies and the content of the courses you have passed, and confirming that your Bachelor programme will be completed by 1st of July 2020. Submission format: PDF
      Please upload certified documentation in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.

Other submitted material will not be included in the assessment.

Entrance examination

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 practical examination in pedagogy and an interview.

  • Practical examination in pedagogy
    You teach a self-selected pupil/group* in a sequence of self-chosen material.
    Duration: 10 minutes, including any changeovers.
  • Interview
    An interview with a panel of two assessors on the basis of your practical examination in pedagogy, personal portfolio and written application. You will be interviewed on your own.
    Duration: 10 minutes.

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

*If it is not possible for you to teach your own pupil or group, the Conservatory refer you to one or more of the Conservatory’s students. You must contact and arrange with the students yourself, and pay any fee. A pupil or group who attends the examination with you cannot claim a performance fee from RMC.



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.


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 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.


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, with the emphasis on in-depth study, individual options and innovation, with a view to strengthening your artistic profile. The organisation of the programme will take its starting-point in your study project plan.

To a large extent, the tuition takes the form of independent project work, in which you organise the subject yourself, within a set framework, and with the help of individual academic guidance. A certain amount of weekly tuition and modules are also included, and part of the subject is 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 subject areas of the programme are Pedagogy, Electives, Entrepreneurship and Master’s project, of which the central subject is Pedagogy. The programme’s concluding Master’s project focuses on Pedagogy, and is self-defined, within certain overall requirements. The development of skills, knowledge and competencies in Pedagogy is supported by the other subjects in the programme.

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

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


1. SEM

2. SEM

3. SEM

4. SEM














External, Integrated Module












Master's project






ECTS total






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 the Master’s programme in Music Education find employment as teachers in music schools, and in the preparatory class for conservatories (MGK), evening classes, folk high schools, continuation schools, etc. Some graduates work as freelance consultants in management training, teambuilding, etc., or set up their own private companies providing, for example, learning games, educational materials, training courses, etc.

Bruno Tagliasacchi, dimitteret i 2017


Hvor arbejder du i dag?
Jeg underviser i trommer på Ungdomsskolen i Københavns Kommune og spiller med fire jazzbands i København.

Hvorfor valgte du at studere Music Education?
Jeg følte, at jeg manglede en ordentlig retning for mine pædagogiske mål. Jeg havde allerede undervist nogle år hjemme på Sardinien og ønskede pædagogisk indsigt i at undervise i musik og, i mit tilfælde, i trommer, rytmiske muligheder og stilhed. Jeg lagde mine kort på bordet, og RMC´s undervisere gav mig de bedste værktøjer til at opfylde mine ambitioner og samtidig brede mit udsyn og mine forventninger ud.

Hvad var det vigtigste, du fik med fra uddannelsen?
Selvsikkerheden til at turde og til at tro på mine egne overbevisninger og teorier. Gennem kandidatstudiet voksede mine evner til sætte ord på og problemformulere, argumentere og finde løsninger sammen med målgrupper af forskellige størrelser, aldre og færdigheder. Med i baggagen har jeg helt bestemt også fået styrket mine planlægningsfærdigheder og min iværksætter-tankegang.

Hvordan ser du fremtiden for musikundervisere?
Musik skal spredes, hvad enten det er kunstnerisk eller pædagogisk. Så længe vi når et stort publikum og fremviser vores viden verden over, udfører vi vores egen mission, om vi så er i Danmark, Italien eller Congo. Fremtiden for musik og musiske fællesskaber er i vores hænder som undervisere og musikere, derfor bør vi stå sammen om at gøre dette universelle sprog forståeligt for ethvert menneske. Der er meget håb for de kommende generationer, så længe vi forpligter os med ren og ægte hensigt og kærlighed til det vi gør, hver eneste dag.


Below you will find the list of teaching staff on the programme in the current study year, 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.

Music Education:

Maria Westvall

Music Education - Individual Subject-specific Tuition:

Sophie Ziedoy

Mark Solborg

Kasper Tranberg


Christian Taagehøj

Carolina Eccheveri

External Integrated Module:

Maria Westvall


Simon Toldam

Pablo Llambias

Morten Carlsen

Morten Büchert

Maria Faust

Louise Nipper

David Elberling

Kristian Eidnes

Kasper Tranberg

Helle Pagter

Eva Brandt

Charlotte Munck

About RMC

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) is an educational institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture and works on a non-commercial basis. RMC was founded in 1986 as the first music academy in Europe to specialize in contemporary rhythmic music.


RMC offers the highest education in contemporary rhythmic music - a multifaceted concept that embraces widely diverse genres such as rock, pop, jazz, urban, metal and electronic music.


Contemporary rhythmic music is a creative and performative art that builds upon a solid foundation in professional and cultural traditions.


At RMC contemporary rhythmic music means openness, curiosity, diversity and a critical position.

RMC Vision Statement 2019-2022

RMC is a pioneer in the study, practice and development of contemporary music.


At RMC, students and staff thrive in a creative atmosphere of inspiring exchange and inventive inquiry.


RMC educates future innovators in music who enrich artistic and cultural experience in the world.


Informed by deep knowledge and upon a foundation of highly developed skills, graduates install themselves in society and actualize potentials in a wide network of relations, both locally and globally.

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

Study Programme (MMus ME)