Bachelor in Music Performance

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Program Description

The Performance Programme offers specialised programmes of study which prepare students for life as professional musicians within all possible areas of the musical world.

Teaching schedules are concentrated and intensive and a lot of time is given to instrument and interpretation studies as well as chamber music, ensemble and orchestra practice.

The academic year consists of 40 weeks of which six are spent working intensively on a project led by international guest lecturers and conductors.

The first two years of study also include compulsory theoretical courses in subjects such as ear training, music theory and music and society.

On completion of three years of study and 180 higher education credits, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Students who want to further develop their knowledge and understanding can study an extra two years to complete one of the Master’s programmes offered by the Academy. After the successful completion of a degree project, students are awarded a degree of Master in Music, constituting 120 higher education credits.

Course and Programme Syllabi for Bachelor's Programme

  • Symphony Orchestra Instrument
  • Vocal Studies
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Recorder
  • Harpsichord
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Folk- and World Music
  • Individual Programme
  • Arranging/Composition - Jazz Style
  • Arranging/Composition - Classical Style
  • Composition
  • Church Music

Classical orientation

Within the classical performance programme in music, you find programmes such as symphony orchestra instruments, voice, piano and guitar. Read more about each group of instruments and programmes by selecting from the menu to the left.

Symphony Orchestra Instruments

The performance programme, the symphony orchestra instrument is given with the following specializations:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Percussion
  • Harp

The Lund University Symphony Orchestra at Malmö Academy of Music and training in professional orchestras

The Malmö Academy Symphony Orchestra performs around six projects per year under the guidance of internationally active conductors. The repertoire consists of classical, romantic and contemporary music and soloists are chosen after audition. The orchestra plays about 12-15 concerts a year, both at the Malmö Academy of Music, but also including Malmö Live Concert House and Helsingborg Concert House. The orchestra does every other year an overseas tour. The Academy collaborates with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Opera Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra regarding training for all master students at the performance programme for symphony orchestra instruments, and diploma students do their soloist debut together with Malmö Symphony Orchestra or Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

Woodwind

The focus of the programme is to develop the individual’s skills in playing and creating music. A lot of time is given to instrument and interpretation studies. Teaching consists primarily of individual classes but group classes are also held in various forms including master classes.

In addition to this, the Performance Programme’s woodwind specialisation works intensively with repertoires for wind quintets, serenade ensembles and orchestras. All work is presented in the form of concerts held either in one of the Academy’s concert halls or in public venues.

Students of the woodwind specialisation may apply for a sizable scholarship, namely the Malmqvist Scholarship (Malmqviststipendiet). Those interested in applying for the scholarship should, in order to fulfil the scholarship’s requirements, apply for it at the entrance tests held in March.

Brass

The focus of the programme is to develop the individual’s skills in playing and creating music. A lot of time is given to instrumental and interpretation studies. Teaching consists primarily of individual classes but group classes are also held in various forms including master classes.

In addition to this, the performance programme’s brass section works intensively with chamber music repertoires, large brass ensembles and orchestras. All work is presented in the form of concerts held either in one of the Academy’s concert halls or at public concerts.

Strings

The focus of the programme is to develop the individual’s skills in playing and creating music. A lot of time is given to instrumental and interpretation studies. Teaching consists primarily of individual classes but group classes are also held in various forms including master classes.

In addition to this, the performance programme’s string section works intensively with chamber music and orchestras. All work is presented in the form of concerts held either in one of the Academy’s concert halls or at public concerts.

Percussion

The focus of the programme is to develop the individual’s skills in playing and creating music. A lot of time is given to instrumental studies. Teaching consists primarily of individual classes but group classes are also held in various forms including master classes.

In addition to this, the performance programme’s percussion section works intensively with chamber music and orchestras. All work is presented in the form of concerts held either in one of the Academy’s concert halls or at public concerts.

Harp

The focus of the programme is to develop the individual’s skills in playing and creating music. A lot of time is given to instrumental and interpretation studies.

Teaching consists primarily of individual classes. In addition to this, the performance programme’s harpists work intensively with chamber music and orchestras.

All work is presented in the form of concerts held either in one of the Academy’s concert halls or at public concerts.

Vocal Studies

The Bachelor in Music programme, Vocal Studies, aims to train musicians that possess excellent artistic and professional qualities.

On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill to be able to comfortably work within the various functions and engagements of the professional musician: either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble or in independent projects.

The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes, project weeks and weeks for independent studies as well as examination and assignment weeks. Teaching takes place either individually or in group form.

Instrumental instruction consists of classes in the primary instrument of study, lectures common to all students, seminars and individual interpretation classes. Courses in chamber music are included in the scheduled classes and within project work.

Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Piano

The Bachelor in Music programme, Piano, aims to train musicians that possess excellent artistic and professional qualities.

On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill to be able to comfortably work within the various functions and engagements of the professional musician: either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble or in independent projects.

The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes, project weeks and weeks for independent studies as well as examination and assignment weeks.

Teaching is carried out in both individual and group form. Instrumental instruction consists of classes in the primary instrument of study, lectures common to all students, seminars and individual interpretation classes. Courses in chamber music are included in the scheduled classes and within project work.

Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Guitar

The Bachelor in Music programme, Guitar, aims to train musicians that possess excellent artistic and professional qualities.

On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill to be able to comfortably work within the various functions and engagements of the professional musician: either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble or in independent projects.

The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes, project weeks and weeks for independent studies as well as examination and assignment weeks.

Teaching takes place either individually or in group form. Instrumental instruction consists of classes in the primary instrument of study, lectures common to all students, seminars and individual interpretation classes. Courses in chamber music are included in the scheduled classes and within project work.

Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Early Music

The Performance Programme, Early Music, aims to train musicians that possess excellent artistic and professional qualities.

On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill to be able to comfortably work within the various functions and engagements of the professional musician: either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble or in independent projects.

The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes, project weeks and weeks for independent studies as well as examination and assignment weeks. Teaching takes place either individually or in group form.

Instrumental instruction consists of classes in the primary instrument of study, lectures common to all students, seminars and individual interpretation classes. Courses in chamber music are included in the scheduled classes and within project work. Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Jazz/Improvisation

Would you like to have the chance to develop your ability to express yourself musically and at the same time get an in-depth education which will help you become a professional musician? Would you like to set your own goals, take your own initiative and be responsible for your own musical development?

The most important aspect is not what you think others would like to hear you play, but rather want you yourself would like to express through music.

The Performance Programme at the Malmö Academy of Music focuses on the development of your musical personality and your form of musical expression. We welcome an all-encompassing approach to the genre of jazz and believe that musical diversity is a requirement for the continuation of jazz as a form of living music.

Those who are able to find their own musical voice and have the ability to communicate it to others have a good chance of realising the dream of becoming a professional jazz musician.

Our programme allows students to shape their own music while at the same time giving them the practical skills required for them to have the chance to influence the form of their future musical careers.

We aim to offer jazz and improvisation courses in a creative and open working environment which allows students to shape and form the content of their programme of study. Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor of Music.

The programme covers three main areas:

Theoretical and Practical Knowledge

  • Compulsory courses which aim to build and strengthen knowledge of musical grammar as well as training the ability to work together with others.
  • Courses in music theory, ear training, ensemble playing and the history of jazz music/listening to jazz music are included. In addition, students are given the opportunity to select a teacher for their individual instrumental classes already from the second term of study.

Individual Project

  • Already during the second term of study students formulate, structure, work on and complete an individual project. Project work is carried out alongside classes in other subjects throughout the whole programme. Students are assigned project supervisors.
  • The aim of the individual project is for students to develop their ability to work independently with their music and also to get support in the development of their musical ideas.

Knowledge of the Surrounding World

  • The Academy offers a comprehensive programme of courses which aim to provide students with the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for a career as a musician or within the cultural sector. Courses on copyright law, marketing, cultural politics, ergonomics, economics etc are included.
  • The Academy often receives visits from guest lecturers, in cooperation with the Music Teacher Programme, jazz specialisation. Teaching takes a variety of forms including everything from short clinics to several weeks working with a guest lecturer on an ensemble block.
  • During the scheduled project weeks there are always one or more guest musicians who teach for a period.
  • The teachers at the Academy all work as both professional jazz musicians and teachers. We have teachers from a wide range of genres.

Admission Requirements

Specific requirements:

  • Successful entrance test to the Performance Programme.

Guest lecturers

As a complement to our ensemble teaching, well-known guests are regularly invited to the Academy who represent a wide variation in instrument choice, genre and age.

Such visits may vary from short meetings to workshops of several days.

World Music

The Performance Programme, World Music, aims to train musicians that possess excellent artistic and professional qualities.

The programme is offered to both instrument players and vocalists with a background in folk music or non-Western classical music.

After the successful completion of the programme of study, students shall have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to pursue a career within various professional areas.

The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes, project weeks and weeks for independent studies as well as examination and assignment weeks.

Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Students are also given the opportunity to partake in ensemble classes together with those studying folk music enrolled on the Music Teacher’s programmes.

A number of well-known musicians have visited the Academy as guest lecturers. They have come from both Scandinavian countries and countries beyond Scandinavia such as Cuba, Gambia, England and Chile among others. A list of guest lecturers is decided on by students and those responsible for the programme. Once a year students and staff partake in Nordtrad - a meeting of all the music academies in the Scandinavian and Baltic regions - to meet and exchange experiences with other students and teachers of music. Read more about this at nordtrad.net.

Concert performances of various forms are included and seen as an important part of the programme.

Admission Requirements

Specific requirements:

  • Successful entrance test to the Performance Programme.

Individual Programme

The Performance Programme, Individual Programme, aims to train musicians that possess excellent artistic and professional qualities.

After the successful completion of the programme of study, students shall have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to pursue a career within various professional areas.

The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

The programme consists of a combination of courses which are selected by the student in consultation with those responsible for the course. The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes, project weeks and weeks for independent studies as well as examination and assignment weeks.

Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor in Music.

Composition and Arranging

Arranging/Composition, Jazz Style

The Bachelor’s Programme in Music, Arranging/Composition – Jazz Style, aims to educate arrangers/composers that possess good artistic and professional qualities. On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill in order to comfortably work within the various functions of professional life. The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

Arranging/Composition, Classical Style

The Bachelor’s Programme in Music, Arranging/Composition, Classical Style, aims to educate arrangers/composers that possess good artistic and professional qualities. On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill in order to comfortably work within the various functions of professional life. The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

Composition

The Bachelor’s Programme in Music, Composition, aims to educate composers that possess good artistic and professional qualities. On completion of the programme, the student must have adequate knowledge and skill in order to comfortably work within the various functions of professional life. The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired basic entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.

Church Music

Aim:

The Bachelor in Church Music programme aims to prepare students for professional careers as church musicians within the Church of Sweden or other denominations.

The programme shall develop the performance and artistic skills of the student as well as his/her ability to direct. Students are also given the skills required to work as part of the unit running the parish and meet the various demands placed by different parishes. The programme also aims to provide students with the educational and psychological insights and skills that a career as a church musician might require.

Bachelor in Church Music Programme, 180 higher education credits.

The Bachelor in Church Music Programme aims to prepare students for professional careers as church musicians within the Church of Sweden or other denominations.

The programme shall develop the performance and artistic skills of the student as well as his/her ability to direct. Students are also given the ability to work as part of the unit running the parish and meet the various demands placed by different parishes.

The programme also aims to provide students with the educational and psychological insights and skills that a career as a church musician might require.

Programme Contents

The programme of study is three years in length and is to a considerable extent equivalent to the Church Music Programme which earlier led to a degree in Organ Studies.

The Bachelor’s programme, complemented with studies determined by the Church of Sweden, gives a qualification similar to the previous degree in Organ Studies.

The programme includes solo and liturgical organ playing, vocal studies, conducting, piano, ear training in piano studies, music theory, project work, liturgical and teaching methodology. Students are offered the chance to specialise in the final year of study.

The academic year is divided into weeks of scheduled classes according to a schedule (24 weeks), project weeks and weeks of independent study, as well as examination and assignment weeks.

Admission to Performance Programmes in Music

The Malmö Academy of Music accepts a great number of international bachelor and master students every year. International Bachelor's and Master’s applicants must follow the same procedures for admission as Swedish nationals. Such applicants are required to appear in person for auditions in Malmö.

How to apply

Please note that the application for the Bachelor Programme (except for the Symphony Orchestra Instrument specialisation) must be carried out at the Swedish website Antagning.se even if you are an international applicant. Although the application for the Master Programme and for the Bachelor Programme - Symphony Orchestra Instrument specialisation, can be done in English at Universityadmissions.se.

Last updated May 2019

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