Music Performance - Western Classical Music

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.

The master's programme has two specialisations:

  • Artistic performance specialisation where you will choose an elective minor subject. You can choose between: Ensemble singing, Orchestral academy, Collaborative piano, Choir conducting or Creative performer
  • Artistic scientific specialisation where you will enhance yourcompetence concerning various musicological directions, traditions, subject-specific methods, ethical perspectives and issues and research traditions.

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
Formal prerequisites

The prerequisite for admission to the MA program is a completed BA degree in music performance, or equivalent degree which contains a minimum of 90 ECTS in music performance.

Students also need to pass an entrance exam. Foreign students have to prove adequate proficiency in English (normally TOEFL or IELTS test). Written proposal to the subject of the master thesis has to accompany the application.

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