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Bachelor of Music Performance

Programme Length

4 years (240 ECTS-credits)

Language of Instruction

Norwegian or English

Application Deadline

15 December. Online application (Søknadsweb) opens 1 November.

> Read about application and auditions

About the programme

The four year Bachelor of Music Performance Programme is designed to bring out the best in you.

As a student in the programme, much of your time will be devoted to your principal instrument and area of concentration, working individually as well as in groups. A range of complimentary subjects will ensure the broad and solid foundation of essential skills required of tomorrow's competitive music professionals.

The 2nd module (final 2 years) of the programme allows you to specialise and hone your skills by selecting elective courses suitable to your particular areas of interest.

Areas of Concentration in the Bachelor of Music performance

Traditional (Norwegian) Folk Music

Norwegian traditional music is the basis of this programme. Through solo playing, ensemble playing, music for dancing, folk dance courses, and forum lessons, students acquire an extensive knowledge of Norwegian traditional music. Interpretation classes are an important part of the programme, where students give each other feedback, and various guest teachers contribute to student’s learning.

I addition, students are given ample opportunity for innovation and genre crossing, both in ensembles, projects and performances.

In the 2nd module you may choose to have lessons with musicians outside of the Academy as part of your principal instrument education.

Read more about Nordic folk music at the Academy.

Improvised Music and Jazz

Making music as a collective is emphasised in principal instrument activities for jazz and improvisation students. Project and ensemble work is an important part of the programme, as well as individual lessons with your principal instrument teacher. While learning about different styles for your instrument, you will also have a large amount of freedom to find your individual style of expression and to pursue your own musical interests. All students will form their own ensembles and function as bandleaders in the last year of study. 

Read more about improvised music and jazz at the Academy.

Classical and Contemporary Music

Students of classical performance will build an extensive repertoire on their instruments. Standard repertoire, Norwegian and Nordic music and contemporary music is part of this repertoire and students may choose what they wish to emphasise. If you play a string or wind instrument, you will have regular classes with an accompanist. In forum and interpretation classes, you will present music for your peers and teachers, and practice giving feedback to others.

An important part of studying classical music is performance traditions and ensembles. Chamber music is highly prioritised at the Academy. Students playing orchestra instruments will have many opportunities to participate in orchestra projects.

Departments and disciplines at the Academy

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Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to Norwegian colleges and universities and must also pass the audition in week 11. A high level on the principal instrument is expected, as well as good aural skills and solid knowledge of music theory. Entrance to the academy is competitive.

Admission to the 1st module (years 1 and 2) generally requires sufficient language proficiency to follow Norwegian instructions. Norwegian language skills must either be documented by a test or you can choose to do an interview in Norwegian during the audition week.

A limited number of students applying to the classical area of concentration may be admitted to an adapted variant of the programme for English-speaking students, without meeting the Norwegian language proficiency requirement. English language skills must then be documented. Read more about the English variant of the programme here.

Admission to 2nd module

Admission to the 2nd module (years 3 and 4) requires minimum 2 years of higher music education equivalent to the 1st module of Bachelor of Music Performance (120 ECTS credits). Course instruction in the 2nd module is offered in English when necessary. English language skills must be documented by a test.

Read more about official approved Norwegian and English tests here


If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact:

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.

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Programme leader - Nordic folk music


Unni Løvlid

Associate Professor

Folk singing / 'kveding'

Programme leader - Jazz/improvised music


Live Maria Roggen


Jazz Vocals

Programme leaders - Classical music


Are Sandbakken


Chamber Music, Viola


Jorunn Marie Bratlie


Accompaniment, Piano


Mona Julsrud




Matz Pettersen

Senior Lecturer


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Departments and Disciplines

The Norwegian Academy of Music brings together a community of academic and artistic staff specializing in a number of disciplines, research areas, instruments and subjects.