General Regulations

All entrance examinations are held in correspondence with the Danish law for all music academies

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Admission Process

Application Form and Deadlines:

Read about the practicalities here.

Where to send your application: For Bachelor's programmes, send your application to your first-priority academy of music. Applicants are free to apply for different programmes at different academies of music.

Entrance examination dates: The entrance examinations for the Bachelor programmes are primarily held in January and February.

Accompanist: The applicant must bring an accompanist. It may be possible for the Academy to assist by referring the applicant to one of the Academy's associated accompanists. The accompanist's fee must be paid by the applicant.

Admission: All qualified applicants is not automatically admitted.The results of the entrance examination carry most weight in the admission procedure, but other factors may also be taken into account, such as the requirements of the musical world and the need to achieve an appropriate balance of instruments and voices in the Academy for ensemble playing, etc.

Transfer: If you want to transfer to another music academy in Denmark, you must fill in an special application form. Ask for this form at your current institution and also submit it to this institution. Your current institution will forward it to us automatically. Afterwards, we will summon you for a transfer examination. The Deadline for applying is 15 November - remember this is to be submitted to your current institution. 

Preparatory courses: You can obtain information about preparatory courses (MGK Course) for admission to the Danish academies of music at Uddannelsesguiden. Here you can also find your local Danish music school.

Make-up examinations and re-examination: If the applicant is unable to attend the principal study audition due to illness, the applicant will be offered a make-up examination. Re-examination may be offered if the applicant fails to pass examinations in general subjects. The Academy holds make-up examinations and re-examinations immediately after the entrance examination period.

Prerequisites for Admission

Prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor's programme

A passed entrance examination is the prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor's programme.

Prerequisites for admission to the Master's programmes for instrumentalists and singers

Qualifying education:

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as instrumentalist or singer from a Danish music academy
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as instrumentalist or singer or equivalent from a foreign music academy or university of similar level

Prerequisites for admission to the Master's programme in ensemble conducting

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) from The Royal Danish Academy of Music
  • Bachelor in Musicology from a Danish university
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) or equivalent from another Danish music academy
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) or equivalent from a foreign music academy or university of similar level

Prerequisites for admission to the Master's programmes for music teaching and aural training

Qualifying education:

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) from a Danish music academy
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) in music pedagogy or equivalent from a music academy or university of similar level.
Additional requirements for aural training

It is a prerequisite for admission that the applicant proficient in Danish orally as well as written and can use the language in a communicative context. Foreign applicants must provide documentation for their Danish language skills.

Examination in aural training must be passed with a strong assessment.

Prerequisites for admission to the Master's programme for composers

Qualifying education:

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as composer from a Danish music academy
  • Bachelor in Musicology from a Danish university
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) or equivalent from a foreign music academy or university of similar level

Prerequisites for admission to the Master's programme for tonmeisters

Qualifying education:
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as Tonmeister from The Royal Danish Academy of Music
  • Bachelor af Music (BMus) as Tonmeister or equivalent from another Danish music academy
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as Tonmeister or equivalent from a foreign music academy or university of similar level

Prerequisites for admission to the Master's programme for Tonmeister with Rhytmic Music Specialisation

Qualifying education:

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as Tonmeister from The Royal Danish Academy of Music or sound engineer from Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) as Tonmeister or equivalent from a foreign music academy or university of similar level

Prerequisites for admission to the Advanced postgraduate programmes

Applicants for the advanced postgraduate diploma programmes must have successfully passed a diploma programme or Master's programme, or the equivalent. In the absence of a diploma or Master's degree, the applicant must enclose documentation for previous work along with the application. The committee of examiners will decide whether the applicant possesses qualifications corresponding to a passed diploma programme.

Age Limit

There is no age limit for applicants to the study programmes at The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Entrance Examinations - Descriptions and Requirements

The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study and examinations in general subjects. In some subjects, there are also secondary principal study auditions. If the principal study audition is not passed, the applicant will not be registered for the other examinations.

The principal study auditions are assessed by an admissions committee, consisting of:

  • 1 internal examination director (the principal or the principal's deputy)
  • 1 internal subject examiner from the academy at which the entrance examination takes place 
  • 1 external examiner

The study programme in music teaching has different admissions committees. For more information, see the specific entry qualifications for the study programme.

In the case of the recording director programme, however, the admissions committee consists of:

  • 2 subject-specific teachers from the academy at which the entrance examination takes place. One of these is the examination director. 
  • 1 external examiner appointed from within the subject group

The written examination in aural studies/theory is assessed at national level. Applicants for the programme in church music also take a supplementary written examination in musical theory.

The piano audition is assessed by two piano teachers from the academy at which the entrance examination takes place.

Principal study auditions

General information on the principal study auditions for instrumentalists, singers and church musicians.

Duration: Unless otherwise stated, the total duration of the principal study audition is approx. 30 minutes, including assessment time.

Assessment: Three separate grades are awarded from the seven-point scale.

The overall assessment in the principal study audition for the Bachelor's programme for instrumentalists/singers is based on the following examinations:

  • Set/self-chosen tasks, etudes, scales
  • Set task
  • Sight reading

To pass the overall examination, the applicant must achieve a mark of at least 02 in all examinations.

General subjects

All applicants for Bachelor's programmes at the Academy who have passed the principal study audition must take a collective written examination in aural studies and theory. Duration: approximately 2,5 hours.

Most instrumentalists, singers and church musicians must also take an examination in piano as a general subject. Duration: approximately ten minutes.

Students of the piano, guitar, accordion, lute or harpsichord are exempted from the examination in piano as a general subject.

Applicants for the programmes in music teaching, composition and recording direction take special piano examinations, as described for the principal study in question.

The examinations in general subjects are prohibitive and are assessed according to the seven-point scale.

If you have a Master's, Advanced Postgraduate or Opera Academy Qualification

You can only be admitted to a new Master's or advanced postgraduate diploma programme if places are available. This also applies if you have twice previously been enrolled in a Master's or advanced postgraduate diploma programme without completing it. Reference is also made to section 33, subsections 1-2 of the executive order.