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2 years
120 ECTS Credits
Full time

Do you want to develop further as a musician? At the master's programme in music performance 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. The program 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.

Course structure

Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the MA program is a completed BA degree in music performance, or equivalent degree which contains a minimum of 90 ECTS in music performance.

Students also need to pass an entrance exam. Foreign students have to prove adequate proficiency in English (normally TOEFL or IELTS test). Written proposal to the subject of the master thesis has to accompany the application. 

See information about auditions

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Student exchange

There are good opportunities for Exchange / Study Abroad in the second year of the Master programme. Students may spend one semester at a university with which Faculty of Fine Arts has an agreement. Please contact your academic supervisor or the International Education Office for further information about your options. 


Application deadline

1 December

Questions regarding admission

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