The Academy enjoys an international piano environment with a great number of recitals and collaboration projects with professional ensembles and orchestras.
The teachers form a strong team and supplement each other to a very high degree. We focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing: Many students have two main subject teachers, we regularly arrange internal master classes, and students observe each other’s classes.
You will become part of a rich and professionally challenging study environment developing every aspect of life as a professional pianist. Chamber music plays an important role, and you will have the option to participate in study trips and piano festivals at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg and other academies. On occasion, the Academy arranges master classes featuring international artists.
There is a strong tradition for unity in the Academy’s piano classes, and students play a very active role in planning joint learning projects.
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We also collaborate closely with the Jazz/pop and Electronic music departments at the Academy who regularly make use of classical musicians in their projects. As a classical musician, you also have good opportunities for finding collaboration partners yourself among the jazz/pop and electronic music students.
The pedagogical programmes are executed in close collaboration with the main subject teachers, and with music schools, Academy preparation courses, and other talent environments throughout the region.
Following an audition, you may be selected for soloist assignments with both symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras. The Academy’s great concert halls give you ample opportunity for playing and preparing for concerts and auditions.
Freedom of choice
At the Academy, we focus on artistic citizenship and wish to bring artistic processes into play in our surroundings. Electives are offered for this purpose as part of all Bachelor and Master programmes. Other electives support the interdisciplinary collaboration, pedagogical work or allow for specialization within contemporary music and chamber music, to name a few.
Our teachers are musicians with great international experience as soloists and chamber musicians.
Soloist tuition is based on the needs and level of each individual student.
Bachelor degree (3 years)
The bachelor degree (BMus Classical Piano) gives you the knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to become a musician, music teacher, and enterprising music industry player. The BMus programme is concluded with a bachelor project.
The subjects are:
- 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
- Electives: Specialization within your preferred field
Master’s degree (2 years)
All master’s (MMus) programmes gives you the knowledge, skills, and qualifications necessary to become a musician or music teacher on the highest level. They are concluded with a master’s project.
The subjects are:
- Main instrument
- Chamber music
- Entrepreneurial Studies
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 a MMus degree, you may apply for the 2-year soloist programme (advanced postgraduate diploma). The programme requires an admission test, and is concluded with a public concert. The aim is to educate musicians and composers at the very highest artistic level, and students will be qualified for independent artistic development processes and prepared for a career in the international music business.
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.