Norges musikkhøgskole Norwegian Academy of Music
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Mas­ter of Music in Music The­ory

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Do you want to conduct research or just try to improve your understanding of music? This is a unique programme that gives you the opportunity to delve more deeply into the notes and understand what lies behind them.

We have vacant places in the Master of Music in Music Theory programme for the academic year 2022/2023. The application deadline is 10 August. The auditions will take place online on 15 and 16 August.

Music theory, music history and aural skills form part of the basis for what we do at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The Academy is the only place in Scandinavia offering a Master of Music in Music Theory programme in English. Here you can acquire practical skills that will enable you to reflect on intriguing musical problems within various genres.

The programme is also offered as a part-time course of study over 4 years.


This programme is suitable for many people, especially those who want to explore the possibilities music theory offers you as a musician, composer or musicologist. We are looking for versatility, and your background may be from several different musical traditions. You will also be able to use this experience as a resource for improvisation and composition.

The programme provides a valuable opportunity for you to delve more deeply into your areas of interest and serves as an important point of departure for further activities within teaching or research. The Master’s thesis you write can take various approaches, ranging from artistic to more theoretical or educational themes.

When you have completed your studies

When you have completed the programme, you can work with different aspects of music education, such as upper secondary schools and all types of colleges and universities. You will have specifically acquired music-oriented research expertise that you can use as a musicologist or performer in the future.

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Published: Mar 13, 2020 — Last updated: Jun 30, 2022