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Master's programme in music

NB! No admittance for this program 2016.

Pianists specializing in musical interpretation/vocal and instrumental coaching

The programme targets pianists who already have a Bachelor's degree from the classical music programme or the equivalent, and who demonstrate a high degree of skill as a pianist. The programme will focus on the pianist's role as a musical partner, accompanist and coach.

The Academy of Music and Drama offers a unique environment for this kind of programme. In the Artisten building, a wealth of opportunities exist for working practically with instrumentalists from the programme for classical musicians and with singers from the programmes for opera and musical theatre. There is also the opportunity of collaborating as an orchestral pianist with the orchestra belonging to the orchestra master’s programme.
During the two years that studies take, opportunities will be provided for meeting and reflecting over the specific demands made on a pianist while playing ensemble with different instrument groups (strings, wind, brass, percussion and voice). An expert supervisor will be available to help the student. The practical side of the programme will be filled out by courses in playing from a score, transposing and sight-reading. Studies of music theory will take place in the form of seminars shared with students on the Academy’s Master’s programme in music theory.

During the second year, the student will specialise in a particular field within the programme. This will involve producing an independent study in which performance and reflection are united.
The teachers on the programme all have many years of experience of music rehearsal and as practising pianists:

Lars-Göran Dahl, lecturer: opera
Roger Johansson, senior lecturer: strings
Mikael Kjellgren, senior lecturer: voice, strings, brass
Daniel Lindén, lecturer: musical theatre
Magnus Ricklund, professor: playing from score and transposition, voice, strings, brass
Erik Risberg, senior lecturer: woodwind, orchestral piano
Bernt Wilhelmsson, senior lecturer: chamber music

Tuition will be given in English or, where necessary, in Swedish.

Students who have obtained the Master's degree are eligible to apply for the PhD programme in music performance or composition.

Entrance requirements

Entrance Requirements
A Bachelor of Arts in the fine or applied arts, a professional qualification of at least 180 higher education credits, at least three years of approved full-time studies in a programme for musicians or the equivalent and special requirements that comprise musical skills. Students may be admitted to the programme without having basic eligibility in the form of a degree.

Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests:
• Solo piano performance: 10 minutes, own choice of pieces representing at least two separate epochs
• Obligatory piano arrangement/score: the score will be sent out two weeks in advance
• Creative assignment: a piece of music to be performed after a brief period of preparation (15-30 minutes)
• A prima vista accompaniment of a singer: will also offer the opportunity to demonstrate skills in transposition
• Interview

Auditions will be held at the Academy in week no. 15 and you will be requested to come to Göteborg after you have submitted your application.

Contact Information

Anders Köllerström

Head of Music Unit - Classical Performance, Chruch Music,

+46 31 786 4168

Contact Information

Tobias Granmo

Director of studies,

+46 31-786 4036

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 9/16/2015

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