• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
In the Music Performance, Western Classical Music master's programme offered by University of Agder, you work diligently to further develop your technical skills at an advanced and professional level. You advance your skills as an instrumentalist, develop a personal expression, and gain specialized knowledge about your instrument.

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The Music Performance, Western Classical Music program from University of Agder also has a theoretical component where you acquire knowledge about the field of music, and learn to relate this theoretical knowledge to practical performance of music. 

    The knowledge and skills you learn in the course, gives you a solid foundation to engage in musical innovation and communicate about and through music.

What do you learn?

  • You will develop technical skills as a musician and instrumentalist at a high professional level.
  • You will acquire further understanding about the relations between music theory, music history and music performance.
  • You develop an academic and professional basis which is crucial to reflection, creativity and innovation in the field of music.
  • You will get broad knowledge on how to carry out advanced tasks and projects in the field of music.
  • The program provides a comprehensive introduction to the musicological disciplines and how to facilitate research on your own music.

Job Opportunities:

Upon completed course you will earn a master's degree in music performance. The program qualifies to work as a professional musician, as well as for creative and artistic work in the arts and cultural sector. It is a good starting point for a musical career. Completed master's degree may qualify to attend studies on a higher level, such as the PhD program at the University of Agder.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Music theoretical Master's Thesis
  • Classical music performance based Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • The general requirement is completed bachelor’s degree, cand.mag.- degree, or other degree or vocational education with a scope of minimum 3 years’ duration.
  • Academic basis: passed and completed major subject in music performance or equivalent with no less than 80 credits.
Applicants are ranked based on a performance test which includes the following parts:
  • Performance test. If passed, the performance test gives from 10 to 20 credits. Applicants with less than 10 credits have not passed the performance test. 
  • Interview, which gives from 10 to 20 credits. The interview accounts for 20 % of the total number of credits.
  • The performance test must be passed in order to sit for the interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    138 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 69 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    138 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 69 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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NOK 690

Living costs for Kristiansand

  • 9412 - 14770 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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