Rhythmic Music

The MMus (Rhythmic Music) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 2-year study course (120 ECTS credits) in which students build on their knowledge, skills, and qualifications acquired in the bachelor course. With its starting-point in their own musicianship students concentrate on two or three main subjects in addition to their main instrument. The teaching of their main instrument may constitute one of these main subjects. The main subjects are chosen from a main subject catalogue (see below) and contain a presentational aspect as well as a teaching sequence. There are also optional subjects. The course forms the basis for students’ own choices with regard to a future career as a musician and teacher. The degree course may provide the background for further studies as a soloist or for a Ph.D. degree.

The Course Structure

The course structure has a major focus on the main instrument and the chosen main subjects. In the first year these are supplemented by support subjects and optional subjects for the most part. There is a further focus on the communication of music – both practically and theoretically.
The entrepreneurial skills course, concluded after the third semester, provides students with the relevant tools to show their artistic qualities through self-management and entrepreneurial skills.
The MMus (Rhythmic Music) degree course concludes with a student-defined Masters project, based on their interests and needs, which also serves as part of their specialization in rhythmic 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
  • Entrepreneurial studies: Subjects and projects where students gain experience as initiators and leaders of dynamic processes and acquire tools to manage a career in music
  • Masters project: In addition to guidance on their project, students are prepared through project-related studies



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