Music Performance or Composition, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 Years
  • Intake12
  • LanguageNoregian and/or English
  • ECTS credits120
  • Tuition feeNone

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New Student

New Student

Welcome to all new students at the Master's Program in Music Performance or Composition, at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD).

This webpage will contain the most important information regarding your semester startup.

Starting time: Semester startup is Monday 16 August. Further details about semester startup will be available soon. Be prepared for a semester startup that can be both digital and on campus.

What to bring: It is a good idea to bring a laptop to complete your registration online.

Programme: You can find the semester startup programme here.

Checklist: Follow the steps in our checklist to make sure you are on track.

Students with special needs: If you have a disability and need special arrangements, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can find good solutions for you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: studieveileder@kmd.uib.no.

We look forward to meeting you in August.


Objectives and content

The master degree in music performance or composition is intended for instrumentalists, singers and composers, working within the classical genre. The course enables the students to further develop their artistic identity and individuality, and also increase their ability to reflect upon their own work. The student will be given the opportunity to specialize in one or more topics relevant to his/her own performance or creative interests. Through oral and written expression, the student will become more aware of artistic issues to support his/her artistic practise.

Throughout the course, the students will be given individual tutorials to aid their performance/composition work and research tasks, as well as participation in group seminars and group projects. The master programme benefits from a rich international environment and English is used as instruction language in some group seminars. In addition to the university's own highly qualified staff, national and international guests are invited to hold seminars and master classes.

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

A graduate with a master degree in music performance or composition should be able to:

  • Realize and disseminate his/her own artistic intentions with a clear independent expression.
  • Show independence when faced with difficult artistic issues, and by initiating, directing and completing various projects.
  • Analyse and evaluate issues within musical history, traditions, style and aesthetics, as well as music's role in culture and society.
  • Use his/her gained knowledge to expand his/her own musical perspective and implement his/her own artistic development.
  • Analyse and critically engage with his/her own artistic development and research, and use it in his/her own work.
  • Take part in the development and renewal of music and the music scene.
  • Articulate and discuss musical issues with both his/her peers and non-musicians/laymen/the audience in a critically reflective manner.
  • Have insight in ethical issues found in his/her artistic development and research, and work within current ethical norms.

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

MA students at The Grieg Academy have the opportunity to have an exchange period at a foreign institution. The exchange normally takes place in the 3rd semester of the students' degree. The students can apply for financial support if the work is related to their MUV352, MUV351 work.

Programme structure

Master's Programme in Music Performance or Composition (requirement 120 SP)
Dicipline (requirement 120 SP)
Dicipline: Music Performance (requirement 120 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MUV301Project Work I151–41
MUV302Project Work II151–42
MUV310Concert Performance I151–41
MUV311Concert Performance II151–42
MUV351Master's Project201–43
MUV352Master Exam in Performance or Composition401–43
Dicipline: Composition (requirement 120 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MUV301Project Work I151–41
MUV302Project Work II151–42
MUV315Specialized Subject I for Composers151–41
MUV316Specialized Subject II for Composers151–42
MUV351Master's Project201–43
MUV352Master Exam in Performance or Composition401–43
Dicipline: Nordic Folk Music (requirement 120 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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About the programme

See full study plan