Church Music, Choir and Ensemble Conducting

The MMus (Church Music, Choir and Ensemble Conducting) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 2-year study course (120 ECTS credits) during which students acquire specialized knowledge, skills, and qualifications to become church musicians and music teachers at an advanced 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 the subjects of artistic playing and directing adult choirs, children’s choirs, and ensembles. The main area of study also includes church playing, concluded after the fourth semester. 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 (Church Music, Choir and Ensemble Conducting) degree programme concludes with a student-defined project, based on their interests and needs, which also serves as part of their specialization.

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:

  • Study trips
  • Master classes with internationally acclaimed musicians
  • Chamber music in a rich and challenging study environment
  • Good opportunities for working with choir direction in a real choir environment
  • - and much more

Page last updated 20th of June 2013