Church Music

The BMus (Church Music) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 3-year study course (180 ECTS credits) in which students acquire knowledge, skills, and qualifications to become church musicians and entrepreneurs in music life.

The Course Structure

The course structure has a constant focus on artistic playing, church playing, and choir direction, supplemented by other supportive subjects. The main area of the course also covers ear training to help students develop awareness of their own musical experience and conceptual ability. The general subjects teach students to observe music from other angles than that of the performer and provide perspectives that lead to a broader foundation of practice. Later in the course students engage with the communication and initiation of music – practically as well as theoretically.

The BMus (Church Music) degree course concludes with a student-defined project, based on their interests and needs, which also serves as part of their specialization in church music.

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
  • Teaching skills: Subjects where students communicate and teach music plus subjects that support this aspect
  • General studies: Elementary subjects, obligatory for all students
  • Entrepreneurial studies: Subjects and projects where students acquire initiative skills, manage dynamic processes, and acquire tools to further their careers
  • Bachelor project: In addition to guidance on their project, students are prepared through project-related studies

The elements in the course are credited with ECTS points based on an assessment of the workload in the subjects.

In addition to the scheduled teaching students can experience:

  • Participation in study trips
  • Master classes with internationally acclaimed musicians
  • Interdisciplinary projects
  • Chamber music in a rich and challenging study environment
  • And much, much more


Page last updated 3rd of December 2012