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BA World Music

A programme for musicians with a background in one of the world's folk music genres. You may also be active with non-Western art music, such as classical Arabic music or Indian art music or hybrid forms of these. You are open-minded and curious about the diversity of genres and experiences that exists in contemporary life. An important element of the programme consists of learning how to address and understand other musical expressions and traditions through ensemble playing and various projects. You choose the specialisation of your individual musical immersion. You can also choose among several specialisation courses that will help you create the tools need to work as a freelance musician. During the three years, you will participate in collaborations with students from other courses at the Academy of Music and Drama.

A programme for musicians with a background in folk music, world music or non-Western art music, e.g. classical Arabic music or Indian art music.

The programme is taught in Swedish.

Artist in Residence: Ross Daly

Ross Daly (Photo: Magnus Gotander)

Virtuoso Ross Daly is one of three acclaimed world artists included in a three-year Artist in Residence Programme, sponsored by Sten A Olsson's Foundation for Research and Culture. Photo: Magnus Gotander 

Professional areas

The programme is intended to offer preparation for future professional roles as musicians specializing in folk music, non-Western art music and the interaction of different musical styles. In addition the programme is to provide students with the tools needed to enable communication with cultural circles in the surrounding community, knowledge about prevailing conditions in the free-lance sector and contacts in this network. The programme can also provide a basis for further study at master’s level or in teacher-training programmes.


Major subject (90 higher education credits)
The focus of the programme is to enhance artistic mastery of the solo instrument in the student’s main genre and each student has great possibilities of influencing the course of the teaching. An important element consists of ensemble playing: performing with other musicians to enable development of individual musical expression. The degree project (15 higher education credits) is integrated with the major subject. Solo instrument tuition is offered individually and in an ensemble.

Basic course in music (67.5 higher education credits)
Musical theory and musical creation play a prominent role in the basic course and are linked in practical terms to ensemble performance but also adapted to the individual student's level of knowledge. The concept of world music is appraised critically from an academic and artistic point of view and comparisons are made between the history of music and musical traditions in various cultures. Teaching is to some extent offered in project form, in which knowledge and experience of the labour market for free-lance musicians play an important role. The basic course in music also includes courses in musical theory, ear training, music and society, ergonomics, future professional roles, ethics and aesthetics, multimedia and learning through music as well as planning tours.

Personal profile (22.5 higher education credits)
The personal profile element in the programme provides scope for in-depth or wider study of specific subject areas.


Bachelor of Music with specialization in World Music Performance, 180 higher education credits.

Eligibility, application, enrolment

The basic eligibility requirements for higher education apply for this course. In addition there is an enrolment test on which selection is based. Contact us for further information.

Video: Rehearsal with the world music big band during a project week in september 2017

Contact Information

Jonas Simonson

Programme Supervisor,

031-786 4133

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 6/9/2020

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