Innovative Choir Leading (MA)

Innovative Choir Conducting MMus programme is a 2-year graduate programme focusing on contemporary forms of expression and methodology, and on developing your personal and professional competences as a rhythmic choir conductor.

120 ECTS – full-time study

The programme is associated with the RAMA Vocal Center at campus Aalborg; an internationally recognized center of Innovative Choir Conducting created by Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe.


“How do you make vocal music sound just ‘right’ when it comes to styles such as pop, rock, jazz, gospel, world, improvisation, and vocal painting? Many choirs and a cappella groups face this challenge in rehearsal as well as in performances featuring these musical styles.”

Innovative Choir Leading studies at RAMA Vocal Center provides the answers to meet this challenge, where choir directors from all over the World attend as students to be educated by a renowned team of world-class teachers, ensuring the highest pedagogical and artistic level of all.


The teacher team has references to Bobby McFerrin, The Real Group, Touché, and Vocal Line, assisted by top guest teachers on e.g. beat boxing by RoxorLoops and concert design by Astrid Vang-Pedersen.

Tuition includes the minor subjects ear training, theory of improvisation, rhythm and coordination, vocal studies, piano, voice theory, arranging, entrepreneurship, pedagogy, ensemble singing, RAMA Voices (as a singer), and an elective flex subject.

International Study Environment

In some cases, students from abroad will be able to participate in weekly classes through digital high-speed video conferencing and a practice choir available locally. This option adds to the modern and international quality of the MMus programme. For all students, weekly classes are supplemented by eight boot camps (of six days) per academic year at campus Aalborg.


You must pass an admission test, unless you have attained a grade of 10 or higher (on the Danish grade scale) in a jazz/pop choir conducting main subject examination at BMus level from a Danish or international music academy, university, or similar institution. For every application, the Academy will decide whether any supplementary tests are needed.

The admission test is designed to provide a full picture of the musical background and teaching skills of the applicant.

Read more about programme content in the Innovative Choir Leading curriculum, available in the general overview of jazz/pop curricula here.

Visit the RAMA Vocal Center.