Jazz Composition

Programme Length

1 year, part-time
15 ECTS credits

Language of Instruction

Norwegian and English

Application Deadline

15 April

Programme Description

This is a one-year part-time study programme intended for students with a background in jazz composition and arrangement who wish to advance their artistic expression and knowledge of composition for large jazz ensembles.

This programme focuses on various stages of the composing process, leading the students through composition, arrangement, instrumentation and rehearsal to performance of their composed works.

A core aim of the programme is to foster international collaboration by bringing together a diverse group of students.

Why Jazz Composition?

Through this programme you will advance your creative expression and personal style in compositions for large jazz ensembles. You will also study principles of conducting and rehearsing your own work with jazz orchestras.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to the Continuing Studies Jazz Composition programme is 120 ECTS credits obtained from Music subjects.

Applicants must demonstrate considerable knowledge of Jazz Harmonics as well as skills and experience in Jazz Composition. Submitted with the application, 2-3 samples of the applicant’s work should be presented as both scores and audio material (maximum 20 minutes duration).

The programme will accept a limited number of students. Admission is based on qualifications demonstrated by the applicants.

Curriculum for Jazz Composition, Continuing Studies enrolment 2018

How to apply

  1. Apply through Søknadsweb
  2. Upload colour scans of academic records/transcripts documents to Søknadsweb. No need to upload records from NMH aquired after 2005.
  3. Upload or send via email 2-3 of your own works: music scores and audio recordings (up to 20 minutes)
  4. Once you have registered your application in SøknadsWeb, a receipt will be sent to your e-mail address. In this receipt, you will find your application identification number and a link to your supplemental form. Use the supplemental form to inform about previous and ongoing education, your audition program, et cetera. Applicants without supplemental forms will be declined.

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If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact: opptak@nmh.no

Tel: +47 23 36 70 00 (Phone time 12.00-15.00 Monday-Friday)

Contact your programme leader if you have any questions about the academic content of your study programme.

Programme Leader


Helge Sunde

Associate Professor

Composition, Music Theory, Arranging