Music Performance

The Music Performance programme is aimed at performing and creating musicians 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 below. Under APPLICATION and ENTRANCE EXAMINATION you find all the relevant information you need before you apply through Varbi Admission. You can apply during 1 October 2018 at 00:00 - 3 December 2018 at 23:59 CET.

Read the general information about the application process HERE.



You must as a starting-point possess strong musical skills. You must have a personal artistic expression and be well-founded as either instrumentalist or singer. There is no requirement for a specific educational background.

You can apply for admission on one of the following principal instruments: drums, percussion, bass, piano (acoustic and electric), guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, vibraphone, organ, electronic instruments* or vocals. If you wish to apply for admission with other instruments must seek approval from the RMC well in time before the deadline. This is done by sending an email to It is not possible to apply for admission until this approval is given.

* Electronic instruments are defined as instruments where the sound is created solely via electronics, e.g. computers and related equipment (e.g. Ableton Live, Logic, Max, midi controllers, midi keyboards), synthesizers and samplers.

The entrance examination at RMC is not coordinated with programmes at other academies of music. You are welcome to seek admission to several academies.

You can apply for several programmes at RMC simultaneously, but the entry examinations are not coordinated.


You must apply online through RMCs Varbi Admission system.
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. You do not have to submit physical copies of the application. What is required in the application, is described below and in the application form itself.


In the application, you will be requested to answer the following questions:

  • Please describe your motivation for applying for this study progamme. (Max 500 keystrokes)
  • Please describe your ambitions, thoughts and ideas about your future professional life as a music performer and teacher. (Max 500 keystrokes)
  • Describe your background and experience. (Max 1400 keystrokes)


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.

You pay by card via an online payment solution at Varbi Admission, after filling in the application form. RMC will not cover any fees associated with the payment.


The deadline for applications is 1 December at 23:59 CET. If this date is a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the deadline will be at 23:59 CET on the next weekday.

It is important that you have paid the 500 DKK application fee before the deadline. Failing to do so means that your application is not valid and will not be considered.

Entrance examination

Timeline for the application process: important dates

  • Information meeting at RMC: 7 November 2018
  • Deadline for applications in Varbi Admission: 3 December at 23:59 CET
  • Call for 1st round: No later than 14 December by email
  • Entrance examination, 1st round: 2-8 January 2019 (if at all possible not during the weekend)
  • Outcome of the 1st round: Call for 2nd round or not through in the beginning of week 3 2019 by email
  • Entrance examination, 2nd round: 21-25 January 2019
  • Outcome of 2nd round: Admission or rejection 10 april 2019 by email
  • Start of study: 19 August 2019.


All who apply for admission to the Music Performance programme at RMC will be invited to an entrance examination at the Conservatory.


The objective of the entrance examination is to:

  • Give the assessors an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate your performing and creating skills and development potential,
  • Give you an opportunity to demonstrate your entire professional and artistic profile, to the greatest possible extent,
  • Ensure that your  background and experience, vision for future work, and personal motivation for applying for admission are illuminated.


The entrance examination takes place in two rounds.
1st round consists of a concert audition.
2nd round consists of a combined presentation and interview.


You must play a concert of self-elected music.
Duration 10 minutes, including changeover time between numbers.

You must perform on your principal instrument/vocal, accompanied by your own group (at least one other person who sings or plays an instrument).

For up to 1/3 of the duration of the audition, you may choose to:

  • Perform solo (unaccompanied) on your principal instrument/vocal;
  • With or without accompaniment, convey your artistic expression on other instruments and/or vocally.

A panel of three assessors observes the audition.

At the concert audition an overall assessment is undertaken, based on:

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

You will be assessed according to a 100 point scale, which is a subdivision of the Danish 7 step grading scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 in the Danish 7 step grading scale, is required to pass the audition.

The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.


On the basis of the results of the audition, a number of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round. The selection process will also take into account the requirements of the music business.

The audition must be passed in order for the applicant to proceed to the 2nd round.

All applicants, who are not through to the 2nd round, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner in charge of the entrance examination.


During the presentation, you must verbally elaborate and place into perspective your professional and artistic profile, on the basis of practical demonstrations. You may for example perform music, present recorded material, present music scores or present supplementary material. The presentation has a duration of five minutes.

The presentation is followed by an interview that is based on your written application, the concert audition and the presentation. The interview has a duration of ten minutes.

The presentation and the interview are carried out alone for a panel of three assessors. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the presentation or interview.


After the presentation and the interview, an overall assessment is undertaken, based on:

  • Your artistic and musical competencies.
  • Your ability to reflect upon own practice.
  • Your ability to develop and realise artistic projects, independently and in collaboration with others.

You will be assessed according to a 100 point scale, which is a subdivision of the Danish 7 step grading scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 in the Danish 7 step grading scale, is required to pass the audition.

The assessment is given related to the level that is required to commence the programme.



Following the second round of the entrance examination, a number of applicants are selected for admission. The selection is made on the basis of the results obtained in the first and second rounds. The selection process will also take into account the requirements of the music business.
Sixteen students are usually admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of places, the Conservatory may be obliged to reject some applicants even if they have passed the entrance examination.

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

All applicants, who are not offered a study place, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner in charge of the entrance examination.


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 must be documented by medical certificate if you wish to have the opportunity to take a make-up examination. The Conservatory must be in receipt of the medical certificate no later than three days after the examination has been held. 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 other times than those announced by RMC. You are responsible for paying the cost of the medical certificate.


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. 


1st SEM.

2nd SEM.

3rd SEM.

4th SEM.

5th SEM.

6th SEM.


Artistic Development Work








Bachelor Project




Music Education & Learning









Instrumental/Vocal Performance
















Art & Culture Studies



2,5 2,5











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 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.

After graduation, you will have learned to plan and implement projects and reflect on processes, such that you are able to reinvent yourself, when necessary, and enjoy 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 the students with a foundation for further studies at Master´s level at a Danish or a foreign conservatoire. RMC offers the Masters´s programmes Music Performance, hereunder European Jazz Master and Nordic Master: The Composing Musician, as well as Music Creation and Music Education

Career opportunities

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. 

Laurits Emanuel Pedersen, graduated 2013

Where do you work today?
I work as a freelance arranger and composer. I have just completed the title song for a new TV programme on the DR Ramasjang channel, and I have started work on interpretations for a theatre concert at Nørrebro Teater, where I will also be conductor. At the same time, I am also making a record.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
In rehearsal situations at the theatre, it is great to have the teaching experience I got from the programme. I am trained in what used to be called music and movement, in which we learned how to teach large groups and use whatever was happening in the room. It gives me strength and energy to have that foundation and ballast.

How do you see the future of the music industry?
There are no jobs just lying waiting for a trained musician. Musicians must be creative and innovative to get jobs. A musician’s monthly salary is made up of many small incomes, and as these vary according to the season, a musician has to be good at administering and managing money in order to get by. 

Mathias Holm, graduated 2012

Where do you work today?
I mainly work as a performing musician and composer. Right now I am spending most of my time completing my debut album. In addition to that, I also play in the indie jazz band Girls in Airports, and a few other bands.

Why did you decide to take the Musician programme?
I applied for RMC right after secondary school. I was pretty tired of school, and back then I looked at the Musician programme as being more music than school. What’s more, several of my music heroes had taken the course, and I thought that was cool. I rather nonchalantly imagined that I could always learn to teach later, if I wanted to.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
I spent most of my time at RMC thinking that I needed to learn something other than what I really wanted to learn. It wasn’t until Master’s level that I began to leave that confusion behind. But I have had great benefit from, amongst other things, the principal study lessons, which were always highly flexible. The most important thing about RMC for me was being there with some amazing people. 

Tav Klitgaard, graduated 2004

Where do you work today?
I am Creative Product Owner at Issuu, a digital platform that connects readers with content – mainly magazines, newspapers and catalogues. I lead teams of programmers and designers, and make sure that we're doing the right thing at the right time. Every month there are around 85 million people who are in contact with the work I'm doing.

Why did you decide to take the Musician programme?
In my early twenties I felt that happiness was playing music, and I had the feeling that I would like to teach. Later I found out that much of my fascination lay in the administrative area – making things happen, rather than actually performing.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
I learned how to create, sell and deliver projects, and how to manage teams, and I learned to appreciate a job well done. 

mads mathias, graduated 2007

Where do you work today?
I work as a self-employed musician, soloist, composer, lyricist, arranger and producer.

Why did you decide to take the Musician programme at RMC? 
The challenge I needed in my musical development at the time, and in particular the milieu I needed, were centred on RMC, so I applied for what was then called MT – i.e. musician/music teacher. I wanted to acquire teaching tools as well as instrumental skills, and chose this programme as it seemed to encompass both of these. The Musician programme consisted of more or less the same course, just without the teaching aspects, but as I also wanted to go out and teach (though to a limited extent), it was natural for me to take that part of it as well.
Once I had started at RMC, I chose my subjects almost exclusively on the basis of the teachers. I was looking for the best teachers, rather than at the subjects.

What does a typical working day/week/month look like for you? 
My days are divided into periods with projects. There are times that I spend exclusively composing and writing songs, or with arrangement and production, but generally there is always some administrative time spent on answering e-mails, arranging concert logistics, contract negotiating, setting up PR materials, etc. On top of that, rehearsal is also part of my daily routine.

What was the most important thing you learned/got out of the programme? 
As a musician, I acquired a lot of tools from the Conservatory. I learned more about music theory, aural training, rhythm and arrangement, as well as ensemble playing. As a music teacher, I also learned a lot. But the most useful part of the programme was undoubtedly the experience of the milieu and of building up networks of musicians. The musicians I met at RMC are the ones I have made music with, jammed with, formed bands with, sparred with, learned from and played with to this day.

 How do you see the future of the music industry? 
The competition is tougher. And the standard is high. There are more musicians around now than ever before. Things are going well for Danish music across the board, and the world has become a smaller place. I can clearly feel a focus on Danish music from the outside world, because we have found our own musical identity. 
The industry is changing, and our sources of income are changing. I am not one of those who thinks it means our doom; it is more of a challenge that, at best, can make music more alive and reach out to where music is at its best – among people. 


Below, please find a list of teaching staff on the programme in the fall semester 2018, 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

Anders Mathiasen

Lars Greve

Nis Bysted Andersen

Jacob Anderskov

Torben Snekkestad


Special Subject: Instrumental / Vocal Performance

Nikolaj Hess

Kresten Osgood

Nis Bysted Andersen

Anders Banke

Pablo Llambias

Kasper Tranberg

Simon Toldam


Music Education and Learning:

Malene Bichel

Nana Jacobi

Jens Skou Olsen

Torben Westergaard

Gustav Rasmussen

Lars Brinck



Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Cæcilie Trier

Simon Toldam

Anders P. Jensen

Jacob Anderskov


Cultural and Business Studies:

Carolina Eccheveri

Anna Ullman

Henrik Marstal

Christian Taagehøj



August Wanngren, Niklas Schack, Diana Tørsløv, Jacob Eriksen, Morten Büchert, Lars Greve, Marcus Winther-John, Jeppe Zeeberg, Rasmus Kjærgaard, Kresten Osgood, Anders Banke, Mads Emil Nielsen, Thorsten Høeg, Pablo Llambias, Flemming Agerskov, Jeppe Just, Kasper Tranberg og Marc Facchini-Madsen.

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

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.