Rhythmic Music and Dance Education

The BMus (Rhythmic Music and Dance Education) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 3-year study course (180 ECTS credits) in which students acquire specialized knowledge, skills, and qualifications to become rhythmic musicians/singers as practitioners and teachers in ‘Singing, Dancing and Playing’ (SDS) as well as teachers of a main instrument.

The degree course offers a broad palette of teaching and inspiration in the form of subjects, projects, concerts, courses, trips and much more. All of these help students to develop their musical and artistic personalities – without forgetting the all-important aspect: to be able to work together with others in a creative and dynamic way. A special element in this course is the annual tour with the show that students create from scratch and which is full of traditions. In addition the study trip to Africa, Cuba or Brazil (normally) is an important part of the course.

There are also a multitude of alternative possibilities for students – not least in the form of cooperation across the range of courses and genres, since the Academy of Music also runs programmes within classical, electronic, rhythmic and global music. We encourage students to become involved in this cooperation and to make use of the international openings as regards exchanges and study trips


The Course Structure

The course structure has a major focus on the students’ own instrumental/singing skills and on SDS at the start of the course. Further into the course there is also focus on communicating music both practically and theoretically.

The BMus (Rhythmic Music and Dance Education) degree course concludes with a student-defined Bachelor project, based on their interests and needs, which also serves as part of their specialization.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the individual student’s creative and independent development as a musician, an SDS-practitioner, an artist and a communicator.

The Course Subjects

The course subjects are divided into the following fields:

  • Main study area: Subjects where students are practising musicians plus subjects that support this aspect: Main instrument, group playing, SDS, piano, singing, ear training, group rotation, knowledge of instruments and movement. Plus a series of projects (from small group activities to major shows), tours, festival weeks, access to sound studios, courses, and extra available lessons
  • Teaching skills: Subjects where students communicate and teach music plus subjects that support this: Teaching practices in main instrument and SDS, plus educational theory
  • General subjects: Basic support subjects, often with a theoretical angle: music  theory, music history, IT
  • Entrepreneurial skills: Subjects and projects where students gain experience as initiators, leaders of dynamic processes and acquire tools to manage a career in music
  • Bachelor project: In addition to guidance on their project, students are prepared through project-related studies

Page last updated 11th of October 2016

Enjoy video: Students at RAMA 2014

Photo gallery from RMDE Show 2014