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Admission to the Grieg Academy

One-year International Diploma in Music Performance or Composition

Application deadline is 15 February 2018.

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The one-year programme in music performance or composition has the objective of educating performing/composing musicians for a professional career or further studies at the Bachelor's or Master's level. The programme is for applicants residing outside of Norway and intended for those who are not eligible for existing exchange programmes.

The programme has a duration of one academic year (2 semesters).

There are three possible areas of concentration within the one-year programme: classical, jazz or composition.

The one-year programme is constructed of the following mandatory courses:

 

Application

Deadline for registering your application for the academic year 2018/2019 is 15 February 2018.
The application form will be open from 15 January 2018.

Application form

In the application form you fill in all the necessary information, as well as upload all the required documentation.
All documents must be in English and uploaded as PDF's.

Audition

Applicants must have reached a high level of excellence on their instrument / field of study in order to be considered for the programme.
The audition is recording based, and all applicants must produce a recently made recording of high quality audio or video of 30-45 minutes with a representative repertoire for their instrument.
Applicants to the composition class must submit scores and recordings (where available) of 30 minutes length.

Students admitted to the International Diploma programme are exempted from some of the regular requirements for each course, which are otherwise applicable only to students admitted to the Bachelor's programme.

In granting admission, we consider the formation of instrumental/vocal groups as well as the available resources.

Checklist

  1. 30-45 minutes recently made recording.
    OR
    30 minutes of compositions; scores and recordings where available.
  2. Secondary School certificate.
  3. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) with a grading scale.
  4. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university) showing at least 60 ECTS or equivalent in music studies.
  5. Documentation of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers).
  6. Copy of your passport or picture ID including full name, date of birth and gender.
  7. Letter of Motivation.
  8. You must document sufficient funding to obtain a residence permit for studies. Valid forms of documentation of funds:
    • Financing provided by applicant: Recent bank statement/transcript in your name showing possession of the required amount (NOK 111 657).
    • Financing provided by sponsor: Guarantee letter and recent official bank statement/transcript showing possession of the required amount (NOK 111 657).
    • A letter confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship/student loan from your home country.

Audition Recordings and Scores

For music performance

Applicants must prepare a video recording of themselves playing their self-chosen audition repertoire.
The recording is then to be uploaded to YouTube or similar service. A functional link is to be given in the application form by the deadline of 15 February. 
You may upload more than one video.
It is up to the applicant if the video is made private or public on the internet.

For composition

Applicants must make the scores available via WeTransfer or similar service. A functional link is to be given in the application form by the deadline of 15 February.
At least some of the scores must also be presented with a recording; preferably video.

  • Video recordings are to be uploaded to YouTube or similar service. A functional link is to be given in the application form.
  • Audio recordings are to be uploaded to SoundCloud or similar service. A functional link is to be given in the application form.

It is up to the applicant if the recordings are made private or public on the internet.

Classical Performance

Required courses and specialisation

In order to complete the requirements for the International Diploma in Music Performance or Composition, students are required to complete courses amounting to 60 ECTS.

  • Major (performance) 30 ECTS
  • Elective courses 30 ECTS

Learning objectives

The course shall prepare the student for a professional career as a musician by developing:

  • Stylistically differentiated interpretation skills
  • Technical and musical competence
  • A broad repertoire
  • Performance skills

Course content

The course is comprised of the following subtopics:

  • Individual competence
  • Study and practice technique
  • Familiarity with instrument/voice physiology
  • Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire
  • Ensemble
  • Concert and presentation practices

Individual competence includes playing/vocal techniques from various genres and epochs, scales and etùdes as well as sight reading/sight singing.

Study and practice methods addresses methods of efficient practice and how to avoid strain injuries.

Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire addresses, through evaluation and testing, various interpretative methods linked to relevant schools and style epochs.

Ensemble shall provide students with experience in playing in ensembles of various sizes. Students with piano, harpsichord, organ or guitar as their main instrument shall also accompany/play continuo as a part of their ensemble practice.

In Concert and presentation practices, the focus is on performance and contact with an audience, including stage delivery, presentation techniques (written/oral) and programme arrangement according to various target audiences.

Teaching methods

The course follows the Department's teaching plan. Instruction is given in the form of individual supervision, group sessions within each instrument group, joint seminars/master classes and various ensemble activities.

The main instrument teacher is responsible for accommodating an individual work plan and ensuring that the requirements of the study plan are met.

Mandatory activities

  • Individual tuition with main instrument teacher
  • Individual tutorials with accompanist (when relevant)
  • Joint arenas in connection with instrument and/or instrument group
  • Various ensemble activities of various sizes (see separate semester plan)
  • Project weeks (see separate semester plan)
  • Master classes and seminars (see separate semester plan)
  • At least two solo performances at internal and/or public concerts

Eligibility for exams is contingent upon having completed and passed all mandatory instruction.

Jazz Performance

Required courses and specialisation

In order to complete the requirements for the International Diploma in Music Performance or Composition, students are required to complete courses amounting to 60 ECTS.

  • Major (performance) 30 ECTS
  • Elective courses 30 ECTS

Learning objectives

The course shall prepare the student for a professional career as an improvising musician by developing:

  • Aural/improvising skills
  • Stylistically differentiated interpretative skills
  • Technical and musical competence
  • A broad repertoire
  • Presentation skills

Course content

The course comprises the following subtopics:

  • Individual competence
  • Study and practice techniques
  • Familiarity with instrument/voice physiology
  • Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire
  • Ensemble
  • Concert and presentation practices

Individual competence includes improvisational skills, playing/vocal techniques, scales and etùdes as well as sight reading/sight singing.

Study and practice methods addresses methods of efficient practice and how to avoid strain injuries.

Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire addresses, through evaluation and testing, various interpretative methods linked to jazz as a musical expression.

Ensemble shall provide students with experience playing in relevant ensembles of various sizes.

In Concert and presentation practices the focus is on performance and contact with an audience, including stage delivery, presentation techniques (written/oral) and programme arrangement according to various target audiences.

Mandatory activities

  • Individual guidance with main instrument teacher
  • Joint arenas in connection with instrument and/or instrument group
  • Various ensemble activities of various sizes (see separate semester plan)
  • Project weeks (see separate semester plan)
  • Master classes and seminars (see separate semester plan)
  • Introduction to folk music, organised as week-long courses at Ole Bull Akademiet
  • Course in work physiology (see separate semester plan)
  • At least three solo and collective performances at internal and/or public concerts, minimum 90 minutes in total.

Eligibility for exams is contingent upon having completed and passed all obligatory instruction.

Composition

Required courses and specialisation

In order to complete the requirements for the International Diploma in Music Performance or Composition, students are required to complete courses amounting to 60 ECTS.

  • Major (performance) 30 ECTS
  • Elective courses 30 ECTS

Learning objectives

In this course, the student will work with composition and creative processes, which will then be put into a broader academic and professional perspective. By combining creative and analytical work, the student will through practice develop his/her assessment skills and understanding of technical and aesthetic aspects, both in his/her own compositions and within musical practice in general.

Main Instrument Composition 3 is the third major course in the four-year degree programme in composition, and is taken in connection with the following course Main Instrument Composition 4. These two courses make up an academic whole and together make up the further study programme in composition.

The course will qualify the student for further studies within composition or music theory/science, or it may be complemented by a supplementary course in pedagogy. The course will provide an academic foundation for future work within the field of music, such as composing, education, presentation, music administration, etc.

Course content

The course shall further develop the student's competence in and knowledge of composition, both as a principal culture-bearing profession within the field of music and as an artistic expression.

Like the foundational courses in composition, this course addresses modern musical composition, but with greater emphasis on individual artistic development. Thus, the course provides room for a greater degree of in-depth study of and concentration on certain topics, which can also influence the content of the various components. However, the in-depth study will still be strengthened and gain perspective through studies of relevant music, composition techniques and pertinent issues taken from various areas in the entire music tradition. The course will normally be taken in semesters 6-7 in the four-year degree programme.

The independent work of the student is a central focus, through individual guidance with an adapted practice plan and syllabus proposal, and through active participation in joint seminars.

Teaching methods

The course is focused on:

- Composition as a creative process

- Compositional techniques and instrumentation

- Piece analyses and knowledge of repertoire

- Aesthetic issues

- Concert and presentation practice

The programme builds on a close coordination between the various subtopics through an adapted teaching plan.

The main teacher has a special responsibility to adapt the individual work plan in accordance with the study plan. The content of this course has strong ties to Main Instrument Composition 4. The individual progression plan for this course will therefore view both of these courses as one, and this programme is primarily a platform for the in-depth study that is typical for further studies in composition. Through systematic follow-up, the student shall, by the exam in Main Instrument Composition 3, have acquired a sound theoretical and creative basis for developing a personal musical language.

Composition as a creative process:

Through individual guidance, in projects and seminars, the student will work on defined tasks and on his/her own pieces.

- A list of completed work and exercises must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Compositional techniques and instrumentation:

Through individual lessons, seminars and his/her own work, the student will continue to work with selected movement techniques and instrumentation practices, both historical and contemporary, which are useful for his/her own development as a composer. Computers may be used in this work.

- A list of completed work and exercises must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Piece analyses and knowledge of repertoire:

Selected works from the historical and contemporary canon will be reviewed in tutorials and/or seminar form.

In addition, the student will acquire a more general overview of central pieces and styles in relation to his/her own work, through listening and/or score reading. Such an individual syllabus will be developed in cooperation with the teacher.

- At least once during the year, the student is to present a piece or an analysis at a seminar, as well as submit an archivable version (text, sound, video) from the seminar.

Individual syllabi and seminar participation must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Aesthetic issues:

The aforementioned components shall also be studied more closely as specific examples of central issues within musical space, time and expression, the meaning and function of the artwork, etc.

- In connection with this, an individual syllabus will be developed in cooperation with the teacher. The individual syllabus shall be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Concert and performance practice:

It is expected that the student takes the initiative to rehearse his/her own works and etùdes together with the ensemble and musicians in and/or outside the Department, where works and results are recorded. In addition, the student will be involved in mandatory projects organised by the Department.

- The student is to have participated as a composer at various concert performances at least twice during the course. This must be documented in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Required activities (specific requirements)

- Individual supervision with main teacher

- Project weeks (see separate semester plan)

- Seminars for smaller group units (i.e. students in the same year or with the same in-depth topic)

- Joint arenas

- Master classes, seminars, excursions, etc. (see separate semester plan)

- Piece performance and participation in internal and/or public concerts.