The Royal Academy of Music together with the other academies of music in Denmark is under a legal obligation to carry on artistic and pedagogical evolutionary activities and to do research on a scientific basis within the academies' fields of activities. Abbreviated these activities are called FoKu and they play, together with the academy’s comprehensive artistic practice, a central part in the educations foundation of knowledge.
Normally, only permanent teachers in the categories associate professor and professor have FoKu activities as part of their job description. Once a year they are obliged to report the results of their FoKu projects.
Beside the institutionally funded FoKu there is a large number of teachers - including non-permanent teachers - whom are providing a valuable contribution to the academy's knowledge by externally funded activities. This especially applies to the artistic practices and development activities – e.g. public concerts or compositions ordered by external commissioners.
For some years now, the FoKu priorities at the Royal Academy of Music has been divided into following categories:
- Creative activities: Composition, study of newly composed music and development of new instrumental / vocal technique
- Performing arts activities: Concerts in the Royal Academy of Music's auspices, other public concerts and phonogram recordings, including radio-television productions.
- Pedagogical activities:Development of new methods in learning and dissemination of new technology in teaching, development of new methods in the description of technical content, and the Saturday schools.
- Educational services (are not including normal teaching): External master classes, courses and lectures, participation in juries of competitions, masterclasses or other internal courses in RDAM’s auspices and project teaching RDAM auspices.
- Research: All research published or otherwise made public in terms of articles, books, manuscripts and editorial work.
Additionally, the term artistic development is here being used broad and contains many activities that ought to be classified as artistic practice. But reports from the last couple of years are made from the above categories, besides the academy is waiting for the outcome of the ongoing departmental research work concerning a more specific definition and delimit of the term “artistic development”.