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Admission to the Grieg Academy

Master's Programme in Music Performance or Composition

Application deadline for entry in August 2018 is 15 December 2017.

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The Master’s Programme in Music Performance or Composition is aimed at instrumentalists, singers and composers working with classical music or jazz. The emphasis is on further developing the student’s artistic profile and reinforcing the ability for professional reflection and independence. Our master’s programme offers two basic courses of study: main instrument or composition, and project work. Project work is divided into three sub-projects and allows for specialisation in one or more self-chosen topics within the student’s own performing or creative field of interest. Projects are designed to support the student’s performing/creative work by raising awareness about and reflecting on musical issues. Much leeway is given to choice of different forms of documentation, depending on the project’s particular subject matter (oral or digital presentation).

Teaching takes place in the form of individual lessons in the student’s main instrument/project, and in seminars. Seminars are founded on open, interactive group discussions and address questions related to working methods, use of sources and issues concerning relevant topics in the students’ work.

Topics can focus on such issues as interpretation, performance practice, style, musical understanding/analysis, improvisational methods, aesthetics, instrumental techniques, oral traditions, collaboration between composer and performer, the study of historical recordings, experimental exploration, cross-over projects and psychological or social issues related to musical performance and composition.

Because our master’s programme attracts many students from abroad, English is used as the main language in some group contexts. In addition to instruction by our highly qualified faculty members, Norwegian and international guests are invited to host seminars and master classes. As a master’s student, you have the opportunity to go on an exchange programme at a foreign institution, and you can apply for financial support in connection with your project and master’s exam concert. A completed master’s degree qualifies you to apply for the Artistic Research Programme.

You register your application through the online application service Application Web / Søknadsweb.

 

Admission requirements

Before you start your application for admission, please check that you have the required academic background. Only applicants who meet the admission requirements are qualified. If you are not qualified your application will be rejected. 

Admission to The Grieg Academy and the University of Bergen is highly competitive.

Checklist

  1. You must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance or Composition. Find specific requirements for your home country in our country list.
    • You must have obtained a minimum grade of 2nd Class Upper Division, grade B or the equivalent.
  2. You must document your English language proficiency, see below for details.

Language requirement

Applicants who are not native English speakers must document their proficiency in English by taking an internationally recognised English test.

Schedule your test early enough for the results to reach us within the application deadline 15 December.

See how to document your proficiency in English

Applicants from some English-speaking African countries, and applicants with a degree taught in English from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East are not exempt from submitting an English language test.

Information about exemptions.

 

Application requirements

Deadline for registering your application for entry to the programme in August 2018 is 15 December 2017.The application form will be open from 1 November.

Application form

In the application form you fill in all the necessary information, as well as upload all the required documentation.

Audition and interview

Audition requirements are outlined below.

Outline of the proposed special subject area which will be discussed as part of the interview. The outline must be uploaded as part of the application.

Checklist

  1. Self-chosen audition repertoire of approx. 45 minutes.
    OR
    Documentation of composed repertoire of approx. 45 minutes.
  2. Outline of your proposed special subject area (Master thesis subject).
  3. CV showing your educational background.
  4. Secondary School certificate.
  5. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) with a grading scale.
  6. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university).
  7. Documentation of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers).
  8. Copy of your passport or picture ID including full name, date of birth and gender.
  9. Letter of Motivation.

    Additional requirement for applicants from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA:
     
  10. Documentation of 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.

If you complete your bachelor's degree in the spring 2018 you must also upload

  • Your higher education completed to date.
  • A list of courses you are registered for and the expected date for completion.

Please note: Only EU/EEA/EFTA nationals are allowed to complete their BA degree in the spring 2018. All other applicants must document a completed BA degree at the time of application.

Document requirements

  • We require all documents to be scanned from original documentation.
  • If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of a translation to one of these languages must accompany certified copies of your documents in the original language.
  • The documents must be uploaded as PDF-files of good quality.

 

Audition requirements, classical

Students are admitted on the basis of individual auditions which also include a proposed special subject area. Applicants must have reached a high level of excellence on their instrument / field of study in order to be considered for the programme.

The auditions and interviews are held at The Grieg Academy 5-9 March 2018. You will be contacted by e-mail regarding audition and interview times.
For applicants who are not able to meet in person, the auditions will be recording based. The interviews will then by conducted by telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

Requirements

  • Documentation of repertoire of at least 180 minutes that has been studied and for the most part performed, including at least 30 minutes of chamber music.
  • An audition based on a self-chosen programme of approx. 45 minutes.
  • Applicants who cannot meet in person for the audition are required to upload an unedited, recently made videorecording of high quality of the self-chosen audition repertoire before 1 March 2018.

The audition programme should include different styles and genres that are of central importance to the instrument. The repertoire for the audition must be included in the application and be approved by the Department before the audition.

Audition Recordings

Applicants who cannot meet in person for the audition are required to upload an unedited, recently made videorecording of high quality of the self-chosen audition repertoire to YouTube or similar service before 1 March 2018. A functioning link is then forwarded to admission@kmd.uib.no. You may upload more than one video. It is up to the applicant if the video is made private or public on the internet.

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

Please note: It is the applicants responsibility to make sure that all links to filesharer- , video-, audio- and other services are functioning. The Grieg Academy may not notify applicants where links are faulty before the application is declined.

 

Audition requirements, jazz

Students are admitted on the basis of individual auditions which also include a proposed special subject area. Applicants must have reached a high level of excellence on their instrument / field of study in order to be considered for the programme.

The auditions and interviews are held at The Grieg Academy 5-9 March 2018. You will be contacted by e-mail regarding audition and interview times. For applicants who are not able to meet in person, the auditions will be recording based. The interviews will then by conducted by telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

Requirements

  • Documentation of material of at least 180 minutes that has been studied and for the most part performed, including at least 30 minutes ensemble.
  • An audition based on a self-chosen programme of approx. 45 minutes.
  • Applicants who cannot meet in person for the audition are required to upload an unedited, recently made videorecording of high quality of the self-chosen audition repertoire before 1 March 2018.

The audition programme should consist of repertoire of central importance to the instrument. The repertoire for the audition must be included in the application and be approved by the Department before the audition.

Audition Recordings

Applicants who cannot meet in person for the audition are required to upload an unedited, recently made videorecording of high quality of the self-chosen audition repertoire to YouTube or similar service before 1 March 2018. A functioning link is then forwarded to admission@kmd.uib.no. You may upload more than one video. It is up to the applicant if the video is made private or public on the internet.

Please note: It is the applicants responsibility to make sure that all links to filesharer- , video-, audio- and other services are functioning.The Grieg Academy may not notify applicants where links are faulty before the application is declined.

 

Audition requirements, composition

Students are admitted on the basis of individual auditions which also include a proposed special subject area. Applicants must have reached a high level of excellence on their instrument / field of study in order to be considered for the programme.

The auditions and interviews are held at The Grieg Academy 5-9 March 2018. You will be contacted by e-mail regarding audition and interview times. For applicants who are not able to meet in person, the auditions will be recording based. The interviews will then by conducted by telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

Requirements

  • A substantial documentation of works and recordings where available.
  • A CV of former education and artistic experience and activities.
  • Documentation of composed repertoire of approx. 45 minutes. The main works should be of a high artistic level.
  • A written account of the contexts in which the works are composed and performed.
  • A motivational letter outlining the applicant’s motivation for further studies. This must include in which way the applicant wishes to focus his/her aesthetic expression and future perspectives for personal artistic growth.

The jury can also give relevant additional tests if found necessary in relation to the submitted documentation and the need to test the applicant. In case of this, the applicant will be contacted at an early stage and given necessary time to prepare.

Compositions/Scores

All applicants must make the scores available via WeTransfer or similar service before 1 March 2018. A functioning link is then forwarded to admission@kmd.uib.no.

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.
  • Audio recordings are to be uploaded to SoundCloud or similar service.

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

Please note: It is the applicants responsibility to make sure that all links to filesharer- , video-, audio- and other services are functioning.
The Grieg Academy may not notify applicants where links are faulty before the application is declined.

 

How to apply?

Register your application through the online application service Application Web / Søknadsweb.

  1. Choose English language in the upper right corner.
  2. Choose International Applicant.
  3. Click "Register new international applicant" and follow the instructions given.
    • Make sure your personal information is correct: contact address, e-mail, mobile phone number, preferred language, etc.
    • Use your private address, not your university address. It is important that you enter the city code/post code and city.
  4. Click "Save" to finish the registration. You will be redirected to the login page.
    • An email confirming your registration has been sent to your registered e-mail address. This email also contains your password for logging in.
  5. Log on to Søknadsweb and start the application process.

 

Application status

The status of your application will be Under consideration on Søknadsweb until we have finished the processing.

Admission Process

1 Nov -
15 Dec

Application period: You can change your application and upload new documents until the deadline 15 December.

15 Dec -
1 Feb

Registration period: We check that the applications meet the formal requirements.

1 Feb -
1 March

Processing period: Complete applications will be processed by the relevant jury.

By 1 March

Complete all uploads: All audio-/video recordings and scores must be uploaded to the preferred online service, and functioning link sent to admission@kmd.uib.no

5-9 March

Audition period: All applicants are assessed for admission by the relevant jury. The jury’s recommendations are then presented to the Department Head.

12-16 March

Offer of admission: Applicants who are offered admission to The Grieg Academy will have the result published in Søknadsweb. You will also be notified by e-mail.

End of March

Rejections: Applicants who are not offered admission will be informed by e-mail by the end of March.

By 1 April

Offer of admission: Applicants with an offer of admission must accept or decline the offer of admission.

By 15 May

Student housing: Apply for student housing as soon as possible and before you apply for a residence permit.

By 1 June

Deposit money: In order to obtain a residence permit for studies, you have to deposit money to SiB’s Deposit Account for International Students.

By 1 June

Residence permit: Apply for a residence permit for studies.