Innovative Choir Leading (MA)

Innovative Choir Conducting MMus programme is a 2-year graduate programme focusing on contemporary forms of expression and methodology, and on developing your personal and professional competences within artistic direction of jazz/pop vocal ensembles at the highest artistic and pedagogical level.

The programme is associated with the RAMA Vocal Center at the Aalborg campus; an internationally recognised centre of Innovative Choir Conducting created by Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe.


On the MMus programme, you will learn how to make the singers share your responsibility for the musical process in score-based music as well as using improvisation. Singer co-responsibility is a tool for improving musical reflection as well as musical expression.

The musical roots of the programme are in Scandinavian jazz/pop vocal music but the programme has a wide focus, working with pop, rock, jazz, global music, and improvisation.

International Study Invironment

In some cases, students abroad will be able to participate in weekly classes at Aalborg through distance learning, using a digital high-speed video connection and a practice choir available locally. This option adds to the modern and international quality of the MMus programme. For all students, weekly classes are supplemented by campus sessions over several days at the Aalborg campus at least three times per semester.


The teacher team is one of the strongest in the world with references to Bobby McFerrin, The Real Group, Touché, and Vocal Line, and with top guest teachers on e.g. beat boxing and concert design. Recurrent guest teachers include Roxor Loops and Astrid Vagn-Pedersen. Read more in the personal profiles of the teachers to the right.

Presentation video featuring Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe:

Tuition includes the minor subjects Ear Training, Theory of Improvisation, Rhythm and Coordination, Vocal Studies, Piano, Vocal Technique, Arrangement, and an elective flex subject.


You must pass an admission test, unless you have attained a grade of 10 or higher (on the Danish grade scale) in a jazz/pop choir conducting main subject examination at BMus level from a Danish or international music academy, university, or similar institution. For every application, the Academy will decide whether any supplementary tests are needed.

The admission test is designed to provide a full picture of the musical background and teaching skills of the applicant.

Read more about programme content in the Innovative Choir Leading  curriculum, available in the general overview of jazz/pop curricula here.

Visit the RAMA Vocal Center.


Page last updated 5th of February 2018


Jim Daus Hjernøe, Professor
Peder Karlsson, adjungeret prof.
Malene Rigtrup, Lecturer
Jesper Holm, Lecturer