Music Performance

The Music Performance programme is aimed at musicians who perform and create, and who see themselves as future innovators in the field of music as a contemporary artistic expression.

The programme takes its starting-point in your vision, and aims to further develop your artistic and educational profile. You become part of a diverse and inspirational learning environment in which teachers, tutors and fellow students stimulate and challenge your development. The programme takes the form of a mixture of scheduled classes and intense project periods, and via the Conservatory’s extensive cooperation with external partners in Denmark and abroad, you obtain access to an extensive professional network that will enhance your future employment opportunities as musician, educator or entrepreneur in a changing music industry.

HOW do I apply?

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

Timeline for the application process

  • Online information meeting via Zoom: 10 November 2020.
    More info TBA.
  • Deadline for online application: 1 December 2020 at 12:00 CET.
  • 1st round: Week 1, 2021. You are not present.
  • Outcome of the 1st round: No later than 15 January 2021, by email.
  • 2nd round: 25-28 January 2021.
  • Outcome of 2nd round: 18 February 2021, by email.
  • Start of study: 23 August 2021.

Read the general information about the application process HERE.

Application

WHO CAN APPLY?

As a starting-point, you must possess strong musical skills. You must have a personal artistic expression and a good foundation as either an instrumentalist or singer.

You must be able to take responsibility for your own learning process and be able to work independently, but also be open to co-operation with others. You should in general be open to experimentation, so as to discover new aspects of yourself as an artist. All genres and styles are welcome.

There is no requirement for a specific educational background.

The entrance examination at RMC is not coordinated with programmes at other academies of music. You are welcome to apply 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 must upload music files, describe the uploaded music and answer a number of questions about your motivation for wanting to study at RMC, provide reflections on your artistic practice as a musician, and describe your background and experience.

Music

  • Upload 2 tracks which you feel provide a good picture of who you are as a creative and performing musician.
    Total duration: 7-10 minutes
    File format: mp3

  • You must have contributed as an instrumentalist or singer, and you must have been artistically responsible for the music yourself.

Supplementary Information

  • Precise specification of your own role and the roles of any others in connection with each of the uploaded tracks.
  • Precise specification of who has written and possibly produced the music.
    Max. 500 keystrokes in all.
     
  • A brief description of the submitted tracks. If the tracks are extracts from longer pieces, state this.
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.

Written Application

  • What is your motivation for studying at RMC?
  • What do you wish to learn?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes in all.
     
  • What are your artistic visions – what do you wish to achieve with your music?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • What are your working methods – how do you work when you are creating and performing your music?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • What inspires you in your artistic practice as a musician?
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • Describe your background and experience as a musician, including current projects.
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.
     
  • Describe any other music-related experience, such as your experience as a music teacher, or as a musical partner in other contexts. Briefly describe your role.
    Max. 500 keystrokes.
     
  • State any previous music-related programmes of higher education (conservatory, university, teacher training college, university college, etc.) and other education.
    Max. 1,000 keystrokes.

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 Music Performance will have their applications assessed at the first round of the entrance examination.

    WHAT IS THE purpose OF THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

    The purpose of the entrance examination is to:

    • To give the assessors an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate your performing and creating skills and development potential.
    • To give you an opportunity to demonstrate your professional and artistic profile to the widest possible extent.
    • To ensure that your background and experience, your reflections on your artistic practice as a musician and your motivation to study at RMC are communicated.

    FORM AND CONTENT OF THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

    The entrance examination takes place in two rounds.

    The 1st round consists of an assessment of the submitted tracks and the supplementary information.

    The 2nd round consists of a combined concert audition and interview.

    1ST ROUND

    The first round consists of an assessment of the submitted tracks and the supplementary information (credit list, brief description of the submitted music examples).

    You will not be present at the assessment.

    ASSESSMENT AFTER THE 1st ROUND

    At the first round, an assessment panel consisting of two assessors will make an overall assessment on the basis of the submitted tracks. The panel will assess:

    • Your ability to create and perform music and musical experiences borne by an independent artistic expression.
    • The extent to which you possess the instrumental/vocal skills necessary to realise your music and your artistic expression.
    • The extent to which you possess other relevant professional skills necessary to realise your music and your artistic expression.

    You will be awarded points on a 100-point scale, which is a subdivision of the 7-point scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 on the 7-point scale, is required to pass the examination.

    The assessment is given in relation to the level required to commence the study programme.

    SELECTION AFTER THE 1st ROUND

    On the basis of the assessments, RMC selects a number of applicants to advance to the second round. This group is usually two to three times larger than the number of applicants who can be admitted to the programme. The selection process also takes into account the requirements of the music business.

    The applicant must pass the first round in order to advance to the second round.

    All applicants will receive a response to the first round via e-mail. Applicants who are selected to advance to the second round of the entrance examination will be notified in the e-mail of the precise time at which the examination will be held.

    All applicants who do not advance to the second round are offered a brief, five-minute telephone conversation with the responsible internal examiner, who will elaborate on the assessment result on the basis of the assessment criteria used.

    2ND ROUND - Concert audition AND INTERVIEW

    The second round of the entrance examination falls in two parts:

    Concert Audition

    You play a brief concert, with music of your own choice.
    Duration: 8-10 minutes, including shifts between numbers.

    You must play the concert with your own group (at least one other person who sings or plays an instrument).

    You may choose to play solo, without accompaniment, for up to one-third of the duration of the concert.

    Interview

    The interview is based on the audition and your written application. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the interview.
    Duration: 10 minutes.

    The concert audition and interview are carried out in front of a panel of three assessors. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the interview.

    ASSESSMENT AFTER 2ND ROUND

    In the second round, an overall assessment is made of:

    • Your ability to create, perform and communicate music and musical experiences borne by an independent artistic expression.
    • The extent to which you possess the instrumental/vocal skills necessary to realise your music and your artistic expression.
    • The extent to which you possess the other relevant professional skills necessary to realise your music and your artistic expression.
    • Your ability to reflect on your artistic practice as a musician.

    Emphasis is also placed on your experience of developing and realising artistic projects, independently or with others.

    You will be awarded points on a 100-point scale, which is a subdivision of the 7-point scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 on the 7-point scale, is required to pass the examination.

    The assessment is given in relation to the level required to commence the study programme.

    AFTER THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

    ADMISSION

    On the basis of the results of both rounds, the best-qualified applicants will be 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.

    Sixteen students are usually admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of places available, the Conservatory may be obliged to reject some applicants even if they have passed the entrance examination.

    You will receive an e-mail informing you of whether or not you have been admitted.

    All applicants who are not admitted will be offered a brief, eight-minute telephone conversation with the responsible internal examiner, who will elaborate on the assessment result on the basis of the assessment criteria used.

    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. In cases where the applicant does not speak or understand Danish, the examination is carried out in English.

    Programme structure

    The Bachelor study programme 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 your artistic expression and professional qualifications to enable you to create, practise and communicate an independent artistic expression, and to develop and practise artistic-based teaching.

    A central place in the programme is occupied by the subject Artistic Development Work, in which you, in a process and product-oriented practice, develop your independent artistic expression. 

    The teaching consists of a combination of scheduled teaching, project work, individual instruction and group teaching, in which the focus is on dialogue and reflection on your own artistic development and expression and that of others.  Part of the course is organised for you, part you organise yourself, and during the programme, you will be included in collaborative projects with students from both your own and the other programmes of the Conservatory.

    The form of examination varies between practical tests such as auditions, teaching demonstrations, oral presentations and submissions of written or recorded material.  The programme concludes with a Bachelor project, in which you are given an opportunity to immerse themselves in a self-selected topic within the subject Artistic Development Work, and a graduation concert.

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

    SUBJECT

    1st SEM.

    2nd SEM.

    3rd SEM.

    4th SEM.

    5th SEM.

    6th SEM.

    ECTS PER SUBJECT

    Artistic Development Work

    12,5

    12,5

    12,5

    12,5

    20

     

    70

    Bachelor Project

             

    20

    20

    Music Education & Learning

    7,5

    7,5

    7,5

    7,5

     

     

    30

    Specialisation:

    Instrumental/Vocal Performance

    2,5

    2,5

    2,5

    2,5

    5

    5

    20

    Composition

    5

    5

    5

    5

     

     

    20

    Art & Culture Studies

    2,5

    2,5

    2,5 2,5

     

     

    10

    Entrepreneurship

       

     

     

    5

    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 courses – 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, but teachers may provide teaching in English to individuals or small groups as necessary.  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 education’s objective is that you after graduation will have learned to create, develop and implement artistic projects, as well as reflect on processes, such that you will be able to reinvent yourself during a long career as performing and creative musician, music teacher and entrepreneur. You will have gained insight into a wide range of aspects of the music business, and formed networks that will be of benefit to you in your professional activities.

    The bachelor programme Music Performance provides you with a foundation for further studies at Master´s level at a Danish or a foreign conservatoire. RMC offers the Masters´s programmes Music Creation, Music Education and Music Performance, hereunder European Jazz Master and Nordic Master: The Composing Musician.

    Career opportunities

    Jonatan Uranes, GRADUATED 2017

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    What’s your job now?
    If I‘m mixing, soldering, dubbing, programming, or designing, then I’m mostly doing it in my flat. If I’m noisy, I’m in the rehearsing room. If I’m performing, it often happens in venues or houses. I also have a side job as a store assistant in Brinck Elektronik where I earn my money.

    What’s a typical work week for you?
    All days are different. I don’t really have any routines. For example, I recently went on a tour with my noise rock-duo Uraño. In the six months leading up to the tour, a lot of my time went with sending emails to the promoters, compose/record/mixing our release, designing covers and tour graphics, dubbing cassette tapes, programming our website, and finally rehearsing our music.

    Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
    It was the education best fitting my visions about what music is and can be. The reason why I even took an education was that I wanted to explore music full time, without being financially dependent on it.

    What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
    There are many good things I have learned from attending RMC. Among other things that I prefer not to relate academically to it while doing my noise. Maybe most importantly I have met a lot of people who I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. And have had countless conversations about music that I haven’t found anywhere else.

    Graduates of the programme are typically employed as freelance musicians in bands, or as soloists, or in connection with theatrical, television and film productions. Some work as composers, songwriters and producers in their own projects or those of other artists. Many trained musicians also teach in music schools, folk high schools, continuation schools or day schools, or as private music teachers. Finally, some establish their own businesses, for example in the fields of learning, computer games, sound design, film music, etc. 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. 

    Selina Lannie, GRADUATED 2018

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    What’s your job now?
    I work professionally as a musician and songwriter in the band Nelson Can and continue my studies at RMC with the Master’s Programme Music Creation.

    What’s a typical work week for you?
    As a professional musician and a student as well not two days are the same. Most weeks I attend classes or do assignments at the school - I also use the school facilities to write the music I use in my career as a musician. Some weeks I tour, and other week are spent on working on recording albums or creating new projects. Basically, my daily life is pretty fluid and you quickly become skilled at finding your own routines in what may feel like chaos.

    Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
    I heard from friends that the school was changing and that a theoretical background wasn’t needed to be admitted. I had never attended any kind of music school or received tuition before, so it was just obvious to me to try and apply. And then I came in. The Music Performance programme fit just perfect for me because I had no idea what kind of musician or artist I was and could be, and the programme opened all sorts of doors to creativity.

    What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
    That you can really shape and use your education and your time at RMC as you wish. You can tailor it to suit your needs. You can choose to take everything with you going forward or learn how to sort in the knowledge you wish to use in your art or your future in the music industry.

    What does the future hold for the music industry?
    I sense a widespread DIY, do it yourself, approach to the industry where musicians are getting better and better at seeking knowledge about their own careers. And a DIT, do it together, where we as industry people as well as musicians help each other forward and share our knowledge. If it continues, then the future in the music industry seems very bright now.

    Laurits Hyllested, GRADUATED 2018

    What’s your job now?
    I teach at two music schools and work as a freelance drummer and composer. Besides helping in many projects, I also compose the music for a documentary series and working on my debut album.

    What’s a typical work week for you?
    It is difficult to be your own boss. I aim to structure my day so that I work on administrative tasks in the morning to free up time and space in the afternoon to work on what is important to me at the moment. Before I graduated, I was nervous whether I would create music at all after I graduated since I would be alone. However, I have found there is a ton of things to do if I just remain a bit proactive. The hardest part is to prioritize the most important things.

    What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
    The network. I got a large network that I rely on for my work. Besides this, I had the opportunity through the programme to get to know some of the musicians who I look up to the most and this really validated myself and the importance of believing in my own musicality.

    What does the future hold for the music industry?
    I don’t know that much about the industry, but I know a lot of exciting music is being created which is the most important. I think it is important in the current time that endorses the individual and the personal project to hold on to some of these communities which are established during your education or other places and be aware of how to help each other create a life with music.

    Danielle Dahl, GRADUATED 2015

    What’s your job now?
    Currently, I’m back at school again, taking my Master’s degree in Los Angeles at CalArts, but since I graduated I have worked freelance as a composer and musician.

    What’s a typical work week for you?
    My freelance work is divided between composition work in the form of commissioned work for small chamber ensembles and touring and working in the studio with my solo project. There is a lot of administrative work writing applications, budgets, emails, and so forth. I did not expect becoming a musician would be like that, but it feels like it’s what I spend most of my time on.

    What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
    The most important was meeting a lot of other musicians and quickly getting a big network in Copenhagen, where I had just moved. I played a lot of concerts and wrote a lot of little compositions. I thought it was exciting to be forced to collaborate with musicians that were very different from myself – I got a new perspective on myself and my work. It also made me believe that I was actually good at creating music, which I didn’t really believe before I started at RMC.

    What does the future hold for the music industry?
    I think there is a general tendency that you have to be good at a bit of everything and I think that is really cool actually. Living in the USA really puts the different public support opportunities in Scandinavia into perspective, we are so lucky to have so much public support for culture and I hope it won’t disappear in the years to come. Here in the land of unchained capitalism people must work extensively next to working on their music. It creates an energy which can be good, but at the same time, I think that quality often suffers from people not having enough time to really become absorbed in the music. I hope the streaming models becomes better for smaller, independent artists.

    Tobias Johannes Pfeil, GRADUATED 2016

    What’s your job now?
    I work as a freelancer and with many different projects. I have my own project Tobi Duchampe, an art/performance project that is still shifting in characteristics and form. On the side, I produce music for theater and film and play in bands. I also run the concert series and underground label Fake Boom.

    What’s a typical work week for you?
    My week varies a lot and is very unpredictable. But I like it that way. When I get going it is non-stop. A week maybe on tour someplace in Europe where we play every evening. Then maybe a week where I work at a theater performance. And then maybe followed by a week where I catch up on my emails and mix tracks for my own project.

    Why did you choose to study Music Performance?
    Since I was 10 years old I knew, I wanted to work in music. I applied because I was very interested in being an instrumentalist in a series of different contexts and needed an education that provided me with plenty of stimuli and freedom to explore on my own hand.

    What’s the best thing you got from the programme?
    An insane amount of impulses and reflections from fellow students and the teachers. I got the opportunity to have classes with some really cool people that really gave me insight into how to make music a way of life. At the same time, I learned a great deal about digital music production which is essential to what I do now.

    What does the future hold for the music industry?
    Music is timeless and universal in itself. So, I am not afraid on its behalf. The industry shoots itself in the foot by creating limited arenas and expressions it then capitalizes on until there is nothing left. I focus on the music and the freedom that arise in the musical moment and I do not think too much about the industry besides contacting and trying to cooperate with people I think have something interesting going on.

    Teachers

    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.

    Artistic Development Work

    Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

    Søren Kjærgaard

    Jacob Anderskov

    Simon Van Deurs Formann

    Kasper Tranberg

    Anders Mathiasen

    Sharin Foo

    Nina Persson

    Artistic Development Work - Individual Subject-specific Tuition

    Tróndur Bogasson

    Sophie Ziedoy

    Soffie Viemose

    Sinne Eeg

    Simon Van Deurs Formann

    Simon Toldam

    Simon Kjær

    Pablo Llambias

    Oliver McEwan

    Nis Bysted

    Nina Persson

    Nikolaj Torp

    Niclas Knudsen

    Nicklas Schmidt

    Nathan Jenkins

    Najaaraq Vestbirk

    Maria Marcus

    Loke Rahbek

    Kristian Finne Kristensen

    Awinbeh Ayagiba

    Kit Downes

    Kasper Tranberg

    Kasper Staub

    Karen Sangvin

    Joel Krozer

    Jens Ramon Murga Meinert Thomsen

    Frederikke Hoffmeier

    Frans Petter Eldh

    Eivör Pálsdóttir

    Clarissa Connelly

    Christian Hjelm

    Carolina Echeverri

    Britt Hein Jespersen

    Bjarke Porsmose

    Birk Gjerlufsen Nielsen

    Astrid Sonne

    David Elberling

    Nikolaj Vonsild

    Sharin Foo

    Anders Banke

    Qarin Wikström

    Special Subject

    Simon Van Deurs Formann

    Rune Kielsgaard

    Randi Pontoppidan

    Nis Bysted

    Lykke Meyer Jacobsen

    David Elberling

    Christian Pehrson

    Anja Jacobsen

    Music Education and Learning

    Malene Bichel

    Jens Skou Olsen

    Lars Brinck

    Kim Boeskov

    Maria Westvall

    Composition

    Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

    Stine Grøn

    Kasper Staub

    Nikolaj Vonsild

    Maria Faust

    Marie Fisker

    Michael Møller

    Anders P. Jensen

    Jacob Anderskov

    Cultural and Business Studies

    Ralf Christensen

    Nanna Balslev

    Morten Carlsen

    Micaela Kühn Jara

    Jens Tang Kristensen

    Jakob Weigand Goetz

    Gry Worre Hallberg

    Anna Ullman

    Head of programme

    Programme Coordinator

    Claus Finderup

    cf@rmc.dk

    Study Programme (BMus MP)

    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.