Ensemble Conducting

The MMus (Ensemble Conducting) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 2-year study programme (120 ECTS credits) in which students acquire specialized knowledge, skills, and qualifications to become musicians, ensemble directors and music teachers at the highest level. The degree programme also focuses on enabling students to become entrepreneurial driving forces in music life.

The Course Structure

The course structure has a constant focus on teaching the main instrument. The main area of study also includes chamber music and ensemble direction, concluded after the second and third semester respectively. These teach students to use their instrumental skills in cooperation with, and communication between, other musicians. The courses in theoretical and practical teaching skills teach students how to impart their technical and musical knowledge and accomplishments.

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 (Ensemble Conducting) degree course concludes with a student-defined project, based on their interests and needs, which also serves as part of their specialization in teaching ensemble direction.

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
  • Entrepreneurial studies: Subjects and projects where students acquire skills and qualifications as entrepreneurs and leaders of dynamic processes, and acquire tools to further their careers
  • Masters 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:

  • Orchestral projects, as well as work experience in professional ensembles and orchestras
  • Master classes with internationally acclaimed musicians
  • Staging of operas
  • Chamber music in a rich and challenging study environment
  • - and much more

Page last updated 20th of June 2013