Percussion

Classical Percussion tuition builds on a solid tradition and on a thorough understanding of European and American orchestra performance practice as well as traditional music from around the world.

You will meet many different traditions, giving you the opportunity to develop your personal creativity and finding your own way among the many avenues open to the modern percussionist.

Tuition content

Tuition includes one on one and class tuition, frequent master classes featuring international artists and other special projects, plus participation in the RAMA Percussion Ensemble. In addition, you may participate in joint projects with other Academy orchestra music students and in collaboration projects with professional symphony orchestras and ensembles.

Following an audition, you may be selected for soloist assignments with professional symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras. You will also get the opportunity to attend auditions at other institutions and locations than the Academy, thereby receiving training on instruments that you do not play on a regular basis.

On the soloist programme, you may specialise in the marimba and in theatre percussion.

Teachers

The leader of the percussion department, Associate Professor Henrik Knarborg Larsen, works with research projects in addition to tuition and is a master class teacher in international demand. Henrik is also a regular member of the Aarhus Sinfonietta. For more information, click the photo links to the right.

Other teachers are: Mathias Friis-Hansen (The Royal Danish Orchestra), Simon W. Sigfusson (Aalborg Symphony) and Anders Lynghøj (Aarhus Symphony).

Bachelor degree (3 years)

The bachelor degree (BMus Orchestral Music) gives you the knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to become an orchestra musician, music teacher, and enterprising music industry player. The BMus programme is concluded with a bachelor project.

The subjects are divided into four areas:

  • Main study area: Subjects where you perform, as well as subjects that support this
  • Pedagogics: Subjects where you communicate and teach, as well as subjects that support this
  • General studies: Elementary music theory subjects
  • Entrepreneurial Studies: Subjects and projects that give you experience as an entrepreneur and similar

Master’s degree (2 years)

All master’s (MMus) programmes include Entrepreneurial Studies and are concluded with a master’s project.

In addition, you may choose from the following:

Orchestra Musician

Gives you the specialist knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to work as a musician at the very highest level. You must pass an admission test to enter the Orchestra Musician programme.

Music Teacher, Orchestra Instrument

Gives you the specialist knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to work as a musician and music teacher at the very highest level.

Music Teacher with Contemporary Music

Gives you the specialist knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to work as a musician and music teacher at the very highest level, and to work with contemporary music, learning new works and their aesthetic expression.

Music Teacher with Ensemble Conducting

Gives you the specialist knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to work as a musician, ensemble conductor, and music teacher at high level.

With a BMus degree, you may also apply for the Ear Training or Choir Conducting MMus programme. However, these MMus programmes do not include an instrument main subject.

Soloist degree (2 years)

With an MMus degree, you may apply for the 2-year soloist programme (advanced postgraduate diploma) which may include a period of study abroad. The programme requires an admission test and is concluded with a public concert performance.

On the soloist programme, you may specialise in the marimba and in theatre percussion.

Curricula

The BMus, MMus, and soloist programmes are described in detail in their respective curricula. You can find the relevant curriculum in the general overview of classical music curricula here.