Rhythmic Music

The BMus (Rhythmic 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 rhythmic musicians/singers and teachers. The course offers a broad palette of teaching and inspiration in the form of subjects, projects, concerts, courses, trips and much more. All of these help students to develop their musical and artistic personalities – without forgetting the all-important aspect: to be able to work together with others in a creative and dynamic way.

There is also a wealth of alternative opportunities for students – not least in the form of cooperation across courses and genres, since the Academy also runs programmes within classical, electronic, rhythmic and global music. Students are encouraged to avail themselves of these options and to make use of the international openings offered by exchanges and study trips.

The Course Structure

The course structure has a constant focus on the students’ own instrumental/singing skills at the start of the course. Further into the course there is also focus on communicating music both practically and theoretically.

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

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the individual student’s creative and independent development as a musician, an artist and a communicator.

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: Main instrument, group playing, music direction, piano, singing, ear training, group rotation, knowledge of instruments and body movement and music. Plus a series of projects (from small group activities to major shows) tours, festival weeks, access to sound studios, courses, and extra available lessons
  • Teaching skills: Subjects where students communicate and teach music plus subjects that support this: Teaching practices in main instrument and music direction, plus educational theory
  • General subjects: Basic support subjects, often with a theoretical angle Music theory, music history, arrangement, IT
  • Entrepreneurial skills: Subjects and projects where students gain experience as initiators and leaders of dynamic processes and acquire tools to manage a career in music
  • Bachelor project: In addition to guidance on their project, students are prepared through project-related studies

Page last updated 11th of October 2016