UNIVERSITY OF AGDER

Master's Programme in Music Performance - Western Classical Music

This master’s programme focuses on your personal artistry as a musician, allowing you to follow your vocational and professional ambitions and offering great opportunities for professional and practical exposure in cooperation with the Kilden Performing Arts Centre, namely the Kilden Vocal Ensemble and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

Professional internships will develop and nurture your musical growth and open the possibility for feedback and learning from a variety of sources.

Our teachers at the Department of Classical Music and Music Education value your creativity and your desire to learn, and will provide you with a learning environment that enables you to fully polish and cultivate your musical strengths.

UiA’s unique Master’s Programme in Music Performance – Western Classical Music offers two specialisations:

Artistic Performance Specialisation:

Alongside your principle study/main instrument and depending on your background and qualifications – you can follow one of the following in-depth fields: Creative performance, Ensemble singing, Orchestral academy, Collaborative piano, Classical music improvisation or Choir conducting.

Artistic Scientific Specialisation:

Alongside your principle study/main instrument, you can choose a musicological and theoretical module. A topic related to your principle study/main instrument and repertoire can be chosen for your academic work and the successful submission of a Master Thesis will complete the programme.

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.
Application deadline
Entry requirements

Academic basis: passed and completed major subject in music performance or equivalent with no less than 80 credits.

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.

For more details see admission requirements on the programme's webpage.

Application period

  • Non EU/EEA international applicants: From 1 November till 1 December (both for performance and theoretical specializations).
  • EU/EEA applicants: From 1 November till 1 December (performance specializations) or 1 February till 1 March (theoretical specializations).
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: From 1 November till 1 December (performance specializations) or 1 February till 1 March (theoretical specializations).
Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Kristiansand
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English
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