The department encourages a broad repertoire and curiosity about new artistic expressions. The programme is largely project-based and individually tailored. We want to train independent musicians capable of taking responsibility for their own artistic and creative development. As well as individual coaching on the student’s principal instrument, we also place emphasis on developing craftsmanship. Collective music-making is a key part of the principal instrument tuition.
The teachers in the department are amongst Norway’s leading performers and creative artists in the field of improvisation and jazz, and their musical styles span a wide range. We work with other departments at the academy when we need expertise on instrumental teaching, composition, technology or folk music, for instance.
The environment in the department, with its facilities and ensemble opportunities, is an asset in itself. The opportunities on offer very much resemble those that musicians will encounter in professional life.