Music Theory

The BMus (Music Theory) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 3-year study course (180 ECTS credits) in which students develop primarily their theoretical and academic abilities as well as their skills in singing and piano. The aim is to qualify students as music teachers in the education sector and as music communicators, project leaders, etc. in the cultural sector. Students learn to mediate music knowledge and skills both in the classical and, partly, in the rhythmic area, as well as music cultures and histories. Support subjects include new theories and methods, as well as new areas of music development.


Students learn various aspects of music theory such as movement composition, ear training, and arranging, as well as receiving a thorough grounding in the history of both classical and rhythmic music. They supplement these main subjects with other theoretical and direction subjects such as teaching skills, SSB (song, play, and movement) and choir direction. Students will also develop their skills in piano, singing, and a self-chosen instrument.

Areas of Study

Theoretical subjects: The history, theory, and science of music
Students are given a broad introduction to historical and theoretical subjects in the traditions of classical, rhythmic, and folk music. Each subject is evaluated in oral exams, written projects, and term papers.

Creative subjects: Rhythmic arrangements and composition of classical movements
Students work with arrangements and movement composition in a broad stylistic range including the rhythmic and the classical tradition. The subjects are evaluated in written exams.

Practical subjects and direction
Students learn, piano, singing, a self-chosen instrument, and choir and ensemble direction.

Entrepreneurial skills
These include the training of project management, the mediation of the student’s own work profile, relations between the various actors in the music branch, etc.

Bachelor project
This is a student-defined project, based on their interests and needs within the degree area. The final framework is agreed on with a supervisor.




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