Music performance - master

Varighet: 2 År

Foto: Marius Fiskum
Foto: Marius Fiskum

Music performance - master

Varighet: 2 År

Application deadline
December 15th
How to apply?

As a student in this programme, you will acquire knowledge, skills and insight into the aspects pertaining to music performance, with focus on personal expression at a high professional level. As a part of this programme, you can immerse yourself in a specialized area, work with self-produced material, research new techniques, or new forms of presentation. One of the main goals of this programme is to lay a professional foundation for reflection, innovation, plus independent, critical, and creative thinking. This program accepts applications within the genres of classical and pop/jazz music.

Spørsmål om studiet

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Geir Davidsen

Førsteamanuensis euphonium

  • Telefon: +4777660536
  • Mobil: 918 18 633
  • Campus: Tromsø

Rita Lillevik


  • Telefon: +4777660540
  • Campus: Tromsø

The programme's aim is to develop students' performance abilities and artistic profile, and to strengthen their competences in artistic reflection and independence. Through their own master's project, students will develop their knowledge in one or more areas of their choice through their own role as a performer.

Through experience of high-level music performance and reflection over their role as a performer students will develop a deeper awareness of the processes and methods that are typical of artistic research.

Instruction in artistic research theories and methodologies will strengthen students' aesthetic reflections.

The programme is full time and takes place in Tromsø.

After completing the programme the student will have the following competences:


  • ability to analyse and discuss their artistic intentions in relation to music historical, traditional, stylistic, aesthetic, cultural, and societal concerns
  • ability to evaluate, realise, and convey their artistic intentions with a clear profile
  • ability to display independence in relation to high-level artistic challenges by initiating, carrying out, and leading different projects
  • ability to apply their acquired knowledge to broaden their musical perspective and carry out independent artistic research


  • ability to create, realise, and convey their personal intentions at a high artistic level
  • make use of artistic research theories
  • ability to reflect over and defend their choices of methods and processes in their own artistic research
  • ability to plan and carry out artistic research

General competences:

  • ability to analyse and critically employ artistic research materials in their own work
  • ability to contribute to the development and innovation of musical life and the music industry
  • ability to communicate orally and in writing with the music community and in the public sphere
  • ability to identify relevant ethical problems and display a high degree of professional integrity

Through the master in music performance students will acquire competences and qualifications for work as professional performers both within artistic and cultural institutions and as freelancers.

The programme can also form part of a study programme together with the graduate programme in teacher training (PPU) which will provide teaching competences and qualifications for employment as a music teacher in schools, community music schools, upper secondary schools, and in further and higher education institutions.

Bachelor degree in music performance or other equivalent qualification with at least 80 credits of performance specialisation on the applicant's main instrument.

In addition there will be an entrance exam consisting of:

  • a performance audition
  • a motivational letter

The programme consists of individual teaching and supervision, group work, seminars, projects, and masterclasses. Parts of the theory teaching will take place as lectures.The majority of the student's study time will be spent on practising and the development of their masters project.

Most courses make use of pass/fail and some uses A-F.

Formats for the exams consists of practical exam, oral exam, home exam and portfolio assessment.

Language of instruction and examinations: English and Norwegian.

It will be possible to complete coursework requirements and exams either in English or Norwegian language.

The programme meets the prerequisites for PhD programmes in artistic research.

Students can apply to undertake an exchange in the 3rd semester.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has exchange agreements with institutions in the Nordic countries and in Europe through the Nordplus and Erasmus programmes.

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