CEMPE stands for Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education, a designation bestowed on the Norwegian Academy of Music for the period 2014–2023.

The centre seeks to develop knowledge about teaching and learning in higher music education. CEMPE uses projects, networks and innovative experiments to explore teaching methods, working methods and education content for students preparing to enter the music profession. CEMPE is involved in four key research areas:

Key research areas

Principal instruments

CEMPE researches and develops teaching and content relating to principal instruments. Topics include approaches to group and peer learning on principal instruments and teaching and learning cultures in principal instrument tuition.

Instrumental practice

CEMPE seeks to improve the quality of the students’ practice routines by exploring different practice methods. The projects and workshops cover principal instrument practice, various genres, health, performance preparation in an interactive setting, staging and contemporary music. We also hold development workshops for the students.

Professional practice

CEMPE seeks to enhance and expand professional practice opportunities for music students and to give them realistic work experience in relevant areas. Examples of ongoing projects include the Kulturtrøkk music festival in Hammerfest, contemporary music practice with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and collaborations with orchestras, festivals and other concert promoters.

Independent music careers

CEMPE develops knowledge of how students can prepare to enter a diverse and globalised music industry undergoing rapid change. The projects raise the following questions: How can artistic ideas be realised and sustained? How to to build a sustainable music career?

Centre Management

Student partners 2018-2019

  • Guro Utne Salvesen
  • Guoste Tamulynaite


Centres for Excellence in Education

Status as a Centre for Excellence may be awarded to higher education institutions that can demonstrate innovation and outstanding quality in their existing study programmes. The aim of the scheme is to gain new knowledge and experience that can also benefit other institutions.

Centres for Excellence receive funding for a period of 5 years (NOK 4 million per year) with the possibility of extending for another 5-year period. The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) operates the scheme, which was established by the Ministry of Education and Research in 2010.


One important aspect of CEMPE’s work is building networks and maintaining a dialogue with various partners in the field. At a national level we work with the Professional Council for Music Performance Education (RUM). Every year CEMPE holds a seminar at one of RUM’s member institutions, and several experts from the different national institutions are affiliated with the centre through CEMPE’s innovation grants or other projects.

Internationally we work with the European association of higher music education institutions AEC, particularly on the newly established “Platform for Learning and Teaching” but also through the RENEW and NAIP projects. CEMPE is affiliated with national and international networks such as the Healthy Conservatoires Network, European Creative Futures, the European Chamber Music Academy, Olympiatoppen, Summer Academy Voksenåsen and others.

Other persons in CEMPE

Key Documents

Annual Report 2017
Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014

Action Plan 2019-2023
Final report and recommendations of the Expert Panel (Interim Evaluation)

Application to NOKUT 
Supplementary Documentation to NOKUT 
Feedback on the Application from NOKUT


Last updated: 23. July 2014