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Master in music performance - part time

Study a three year master's prgramme that provides specialization in conducting, classical music og jazz and improvisation at a high international level.

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Facts
Duration

3 years

Number of study places

approx. 20

ECTS

120

Audition

Round 1: Video recording Round 2: Digital interviews in week 10

Application deadline

Nordic applicants: 15 December

Note: Digital Auditions in the spring 2022

In order to ensure the completion of this year's admission to music of performing arts (due to Covid-19) the entire admission will proceed digitally. Read more here.

How to apply for Master in Music Performance

Information regarding admission procedures, requirements etc.

At the University of Stavanger, you can study music performance with a specialization in either classical, jazz or conducting

Study music in Stavanger

The programme aims to further develop your artistic profile, scientific knowledge, creativity and communication skills.

Julekonsert med Bjergsted jazzensemble desember 2018. Foto: Kornelius Kiil Enoksen
Bjergsted jazzensemble at the Christmas concert at Spor 5. Foto: Kornelius Kiil Halvorsen

About the Study Programme

The target group is students who have completed a three- or four-year bachelor's degree in music performance or music / instrumental pedagogy, and want to further develop as performing musicians.

The master's degree program in music performance requires that you have extensive repertoire knowledge as it is aimed at instrumentalists and singers at a high artistic level, who have an interest in and great motivation to do an in-depth study. The programme is open for different styles and genres (classical music, jazz, improvisation, contemporary music, etc.), provided expertise for guidance and teaching in your chosen specialty is available.

Very educational that UiS has such good offers when it comes to the jazz scenes in the city.

Torstein Haakafoss Guttormsen , student at music performance studies - bass guitar

You will be able to obtain an in-depth understanding of music performance with a theoretical foundation as a basis for any further research studies, or take part in a further development of society's music life. Together with practical pedagogical education, you can also work as an instrumental teacher in cultural schools, upper secondary schools, folk high schools, colleges/universities and in the voluntary music life.

Studiet har som mål å videreutvikle din kunstneriske profil, utvikle din vitenskapelige kompetanse, din kreativitet og fThe program aims to develop your artistic profile, develop your scientific knowledge, your creativity and communication skills. In addition, it will strengthen your knowledge for your own artistic activity and the ability to work independently.

Bjergsted Culture Park

The Faculty of Performing Arts is part of Bjergsted Culture Park. For students, this means that they become part of a larger music and art environment that provides a good framework and opportunities for development in their music area. There are close ties between the professional art and cultural life in the region, and the faculty's activities.

Kuppelhallen i Bjergstedparken. Foto: Marius Vervik
Kuppelhallen in Bjergsted culture park is often used for concerts and other events organized by the UiS Foto: Marius Vervik

Specializations

At Bjergsted, we have strong academic environments in each of the specializations. Highly qualified teachers will give you a solid technical-methodological, artistic and theoretical basis for a career as a performing musician in classical, jazz or conducting. You will learn about communication on your main instrument, and develop your skills as a musician and instrumentalist

Study plan and courses
Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here

How to apply for admission to Master in Music Performance - Nordic countries

The following information is only relevant for applicants who have a Norwegian identification number or are from one of the Nordic countries. If you do not have a Norwegian identification number or are not from one of the Nordic countries, you must follow the instructions under ''How to apply for admission to Master in Music Performance - International applicants''.

Admission Autumn 2022 - Digital auditions

Initially, all applicants for music of performing arts studies were to undergo two rounds of auditions in the spring of 2022, but due to the widespread of Covid-19 throughout the country, it was decided in January that the entire admission will take place digitally, with the exception of the conducting course. The first round will be as previously announced, with video submissions by January 15. For the second round there will be different requirements depending on which study you are applying to and for which instrument. Some applicants will have to submit a supplementary video with the repertoire requirement missing for round 2, while for others there will be sufficient video submitted for round 1. The rules that apply to you can be found in the article "Digital auditions for music applicants round 2".

There will be digital interviews in week 10 for all applicants who qualify after the video evaluation round 1.

Information about repertoire requirements and criteria for the video recording is the same. This can be found in the articles below.

When can I apply?

SøknadsWeb is open from 1 November-15 December.

  • Apply through SøknadsWeb within 15 December.
  • On the receipt page in SøknadsWeb, as well as in the receipt email you receive, you will find a link to the additional application form. The form must be completed and submitted within the application deadline in order for you to have the opportunity to share your video with the faculty.
  • In order for your application to be considered for admission, it is required that all the necessary application documents (diploma, transcript of grades, a certificate of language proficiency, etc.) are uploaded in SøknadsWeb, and that the additional application form is completed within the deadline
  • Applicants for performing music studies must complete 2 rounds of auditions. Round 1 is a self-produced video recording. Round 2 is held on the Bjergsted campus in Stavanger. Round 2 is only for applicants found eligible from submitted video
  • Information about how to share the video link(s) can be obtained in a separate e-mail received from the admission officer shortly after the application deadline
  • Deadline for sharing the video is 15 January
  • Together with the video link(s), you will also share a review of submitted video material; what the video link(s) contain and information about your complete audition program for round 2 and sheet music for the accompanist
  • Start planning video recording early. The trial program for both Round 1 and Round 2 must comply with established repertoire requirements. Read more about repertoire requirements, as well as specifications for video submission in the articles audition programmes for extended music studies in music performance and Guidelines audition video for Extension Studies in Music Performance
  • You will recieve assessment of your video by email.
  • If you are found eligible after the video assessment, you will be invited to round 2
  • Round 2 takes place on campus Bjergsted in week 10 and consists of auditions and interviews with a professional committee and the study administration
  • Results of your application will be published in SøknadsWeb no later than the end of week 11
  • Remember to reply to the offer and/or the waiting list in SøknadsWeb within the specified deadline

Description of the desires/plans for the master project

In the additional apllication form, a desription must be attached to the master's project, and this description may be subject to parts of the interview in connection with the auditions. The master's project will normally be completed in the third semester of the master's programme and will culminate in a concert lecture of a total of 60 minutes, where the student alternates between performing and lecturing. The theme of the master's project is in principle completely optional, and may, for example, be related to a special repertoire, a composer, an era, a tradition, or other interesting compilations. The desription is not obligated.

For classic only: List of repertoire for 180 minutes

A repertoire list for the main instrument of 180 min must be shared in the additional application form. The repertoire list must show and document that you have reviewed works with a recording time of at least 180 minutes, including at least 30 minutes of chamber music / ensemble music.

Who can apply for a Master's degree in performing music?

All applicants with a Norwegian social security number, as well as applicants from the Nordic countries, can apply for ordinary admission by 15 December through SøknadsWeb, as long as the admission requirements are met.

The programme is also open to international applicants (without a Norwegian social security number and resident outside the Nordic region) who can document proof of English proficiency in accordance with UiS's regulations for international admission, in addition to formal admission requirements. Read more about our studies offered to international applicants. Applicants resident outside the Nordic countries can submit the entire repertoire requirement on video. If you are found qualified after the video assessment, you will be invited to a digital interview in week 10. The international application deadline is 1 January.

You can apply for the fields of classical, jazz/improvisation and conducting

Application documents - what to upload in SøknadsWeb?

  • Diploma and transcript of grades with completed and obtained bachelor's degree in performing music.
  • Documentation of proof of English proficiency
  • Certificates and references ( not mandatory)

If the bachelor's degree programme is completed in the spring of the same year as you apply for admission to, confirmation from the place of study and a preliminary transcript of grades must be uploaded in SøknadsWeb.

Round 1 - Video audition

If you have successfully completed your application, you will receive an e-mail in January with information on where to suAll applicants for Extension studies in music performance must complete round 1 audition of their main instrument on video uploaded to YouTube. Deadline for submitting video is 15 January. Video link(s) will be included in a separate email sent from the admission officer in December. Read more about specifications for recording video and sharing this under Submission of self-produced video - round 1

Round 2 - Audition and interview in week 10

General informatio

All applicants found eligible after assessment of submitted video will be invited to round 2 in week 10. In round 2 there will be auditions and interviews on the Bjergsted campus in Stavanger. Read more about how the audtions are conducted in the article all about auditions in music - video in week 10

When your application has been reviewed by the admission officer, you will receive an e-mail confirming this.

File format:

We want you to use the PDF file format. All attachments you upload should be a picture of your original documents (do not scan copies). A check of the original diploma may be initiated at the beginning of the term.

Achieved bachelor degree

In order to be admitted to Master in Music Performance (120 ECTS) a completed Bachelor Degree in Music Performance (minimum 180 ECTS) is required. At least 90 ECTS of the Bachelor programme must consist of music performance subjects. In addition, you must be found eligible after the audition, both rounds 1 and 2.

Language requirements must be achieved in accordance with UiS regulations.

Exceptions for language requirements are made on the basis of the deans decisions.

Language requirement

As a general requirement for admission to Master in Music Performance, all applicants must document proficiency in English on advanced level through an international test, recognized by the University of Stavanger. UiS does not offer any preparatory courses in English. Please see English language requirements for detailed information regarding required score.

In some cases we offer conditional admission letters if the test results are below the required score. In this case, the Faculty of Performing Arts may evaluate your language proficiency through an arranged interview. You have until 1st of July to show a valid test. After the mentioned deadline, you may contact music-dance@uis.no to ask about the possibility to have your English language proficiency evaluated through an interview.

Pass the audition

In addition to obtaining a bachelor's degree, you must be found qualified after auditions that are assessed on the subject of submitted video material (round 1) and regular auditions and interviews on campus (round 2).

Round 1

A self-produced video of your audition for Round 1 should be uploaded to YouTube and shared with the faculty by January 15. Together with the video link(s), you will also share a review of submitted video material; what the video link(s) contain. Information about how to share the video link(s) can be obtained in a separate e-mail received from the admission officer shortly after the application deadline.

The master's programme has a comprehensive and versatile repertoire requirement for the main instrument. All applicants must fill in an audition programme for 20-30 minutes repertoire, where at least one work must have a high degree of difficulty. The programme must consist of different styles and genres that are relevant to the instrument. The 20-30 minute programme must otherwise be representative and should be in proportion to your new specialization area.

NB! Percussion applicants (classical): Information regarding repertoire and audition video can be found here.

For round 1 (video recording), submit a 15 minute recording of your total audition program

Round 2

For round 2 (week 10 in Stavanger), the entire given audition program is prepared, including what is delivered on video. The repertoire is performed with an accompanist.

Length of full audition program in round 2: approx. 20 - 30 minutes.

Your full audition program for round 2 and sheet music to the accompanist should be shared together with the video link(s) of round 1.

For important information and more tips on how to arrange your video recording, see the section Submission of self-produced video - round 1. In the article All about the entrance exams in music - video and week 10 you will find information about how the auditions will take place in the spring of 2022.

Repertoire requirements for classical percussion:

Video specifications and guidelines (length, content, guidelines) will be available by November 1.

Applicants for classical percussion for Extension stuides, master's and PDM are not required to submit a video. Both rounds for Auditions are held in week 10 on campus Bjergsted in Stavanger.

Audition Program Submission

You will set up an audition programme for week 10 that you share with the faculty submitted in an email by January 15th. The audition program must include repertoire for both round 1 and round 2, and follow the requirements for each round. Information about how to share the audition program can be obtained in a separate e-mail received from the admission officer shortly after the application deadline.

Deadline for submission of audition programme: 15 January!

Choice of repertoire

For the audtions, you can choose between two different selections of repertoire; orchestral or soloist based. You must select one of the parts. The choice will guide academic content in the programme, including the master's project. The repertoire focus will not have consequences for other parts of the programme. The applicants for both repertoire elections shall, in the event of admission, carry out ordinary study: participate in orchestral projects, soloistic assignments and chamber music as well as performing ordinary exam repertoire.

Repertoire selection 1 - Orchestral audition
ROUND 1
  • A study for snare drum
  • A study for timpani
  • A melodic piece for 4 mallets
ROUND 2

15 orchestral excerpts, consists of the following:

  • 4 excerpts for snare drum
  • 4 excerpts for timpani
  • 2 excerpts for xylophone
  • 1 excerpt for glockenspiel
  • 1 excerpt for tamburine
  • 1 excerpt for A2 cymbals
  • 1 excerpt for triangle
  • 1 excerpt for bass drum
NOTE:
  • The applicant should assemble a programme of wide variety, to show as many different aspects as possible within the orchestral repertoire.
  • The applicant is expected to choose excerpts that reflects the repertoire of a professional audition.
Repertoire selection 2 - soloist/stage performance
ROUND 1
  • A study snare drum
  • A study for timpani
  • A melodic piece for 4 mallets
ROUND 2
  • A piece for a multi-setup. Use of electronics are allowed, In which case, the applicant must specify all technical instruments, and the piece must be approved by the faculty.
  • Two solos of own choice. These can also contains electronics ( same specs as above). Three orchestral excerpts can replace one piece of own choice.
  • Sight-reading
Interview/conversation

After the audition for round 2, there will be an interview about the applicant's objective and motivation for the programme. During the interview the applicant will have the opportunity to ask questions to the committee and a representative from the administration.

Suggested list for repertoire selection 1

The repertoire list is only indicative, not mandatory.

Snare drum:
  • J. Delécluse: Study no. 9
  • B. Lylloff: Århus Study no. 9
  • J. Delécluse: Test-claire
Timpani:
  • S. Monrad: Test for timpani
  • J. Delécluse: Study no. 29
  • E. Keune: Study no. 142
Marimba:
  • J. S. Bach: A movement from one of the partitas or the sonatas for violin
  • A. Lauro: Valse Venezolano No. 3
  • J. Druckman: a movement from Reflections on the Nature of Water
Suggested list for repertoire selection 2

The repertoire list is only indicative, not mandatory.

Snare drum:
  • N. Martinciow: Impressions or Tchik
  • J. Delécluse: Test Claire
  • S. Hodkinson: Kerberos
  • A. Masson: Prim or Kim
  • M. Markovitch: Tornado
Timpani:
  • J. Delécluse: one of the studies from Vingt études
  • J. Delécluse: study no. 29
  • B. Cambreling: Thor
  • A. Féron: Ta'wil
  • T. Ishiyanagi: Rhythm Graduatiom
  • E. Keune: Study 142
  • S. Monrad: Test for timpanists
Marimba:
  • P. Hurel: Loops 4
  • J. S. Bach: Chaconne from 2nd partita for violin (D minor)
  • K. Abe: Marimba d'amore
  • A. Vinao: Khan variations
  • J. Druckman: Reflections on the Nature of Water
  • B. Mantovani: Moi, Jeu
  • Y. Sueyoshi: Mirage
Vibraphone:
  • G. Burton (trans.: Errol Rackipov): Chega De Saudade
  • G. Pérotin: Étude 6
  • P. Hurel: Loops 2
  • P. Manoury: Solo de Vibraphone
  • M. Matalon: Short stories
  • Donatoni: Omar, 1st movement
Multi-setup:
  • B. Giner: Satz
  • K. Volans: She who sleeps with a small blanket
  • Y. Xenakis: Rebons A and B
  • D. Land: The anvil chorus

Round 1

A self-produced video of your audition for Round 1 should be uploaded to YouTube and shared with the faculty by January 15. Together with the video link(s), you will also share a review of submitted video material; what the video link(s) contain. Information about how to share the video link(s) can be obtained in a separate e-mail received from the admission officer shortly after the application deadline.

The master's programme has a comprehensive and versatile repertoire requirement for the main instrument. All applicants must fill in an audition programme for 20-30 minutes repertoire, where at least one work must have a high degree of difficulty. The programme must consist of different styles and genres that are relevant to the instrument. The 20-30 minute programme must otherwise be representative and should be in proportion to your new specialization area.

  • The audition program should be approx. 20 - 30 minutes long
  • Round 1; please send a 15 minute recording of your total audition program
  • Each recording (each song) should be delivered as a continuous, unedited recording that should not be more than 6 months old
  • The video material should contain interaction. Exceptions can be made to this requirement if, for practical reasons, it is impossible to achieve interaction. If so, you must explain why it has not been possible
  • The video material should normally contain improvisation, so that you can clearly show your soloist and ensemble abilities. The extent of improvisation and the type of improvisation is up to yourself to decide, based on your musical profile and type of genre
  • Together with the video material, you will submit a review of the audition program for round 1, a review of the total audition program for round 2, as well as sheet music if you want accompaniment from the faculty

For round 1 (video recording), submit a 15 minute recording of your total audition program

Round 2

The entire stated repertoire of 20 - 30 minutes should be prepared for round 2, also what is submitted on video. The repertoire is performed with accompaniment.

The faculty provides its own accompaniment for all auditions, but jazz applicants for extension studies in music performance, master's degrees or PDM have the opportunity to use their own accompaniment during the audition round 2 if desired.

For important information and more tips on how to arrange your video recording, see the section Submission of self-produced video - round 1. In the article All about the entrance exams in music - video and week 10 you will find information about how the entrance exams will take place in the spring of 2022.

Round 1

A self-produced video of your audition for Round 1 should be uploaded to YouTube and shared with the faculty by January 15. Together with the video link(s), you will also share a review of submitted video material; what the video link(s) contain. Information about how to share the video link(s) can be obtained in a separate e-mail received from the admission officer shortly after the application deadline.

The video must include following two things:
  1. Conducting two works that have a contrasting musical character. The works should be played from start to finish non-stop. Minimum 15 minutes
  2. Recording of a rehersal lead by the applicant. Minimum 10 minutes
Note:
  • The conductor's hands and face should be clearly visible in the video.
  • The ensemble/ensembles should consist of mimimum five musicians on a professional level, alternatively consisting of amateurs or students at a high musical/technical level

For important information and more tips on how to arrange your video recording, see the section Guidelines audition video for Extension Studies in Music Performance.  All about the entrance exams in music - video and week 10 you will find information about how the auditions will take place in the spring of 2022.

If you want accompaniment to your audition on your own instrument in round 2, please share the sheet music to the accompanist together with the video link(s) in round 1.

Round 2

Round 2 will consist of auditions in conducting, playing your own instrument, interview with a committee and a pracitcal test. The audition commence after a briefing with compulsory attendance at 09:00

Conducting audition

Applicants will conduct a chamber ensemble consisting of strings, woodwind/brass and piano. The audition will consist of both rehersal and performance.

Repertoire:
  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian spring (original score from 1944 for 13 musicians)
  • Jean Sibelius: Valse triste
Audition with own instrument:

A high level of own instrument must be documented. Optional repertoire, with or without accompaniment for approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

Interview/practical test:

There will be an interview about the applicant's objective and motivation for the programme. During the interview the applicant will have the opportunity to ask questions to the committee and a representative from the administration.

A part of the interview will include a conversation about the repertoire for the conducted audition as well as a practical test that may contains the following:

  • Aural (chords, melodies, rhythms, correction of played rhythms and pitches in relation to a score)
  • Play the score on a piano
  • Instrumentation and instrument knowledge: Scope, transposing and playing techniques (band and orchestral instruments)
  • Repertoire insights (band and orchestra)
  • Harmonic analysis
  • Musical terminology
Note!

If you apply for the course Instrumental Main Instrument (VUA100) with conducting, this will be combined with another 30 credits course to form a full-time study of 60 credits. If you wish to combine main instrument conducting with a topic on another instrument, video of 2 separate audition programmes must be submitted.

Video specifications and guidelines (length, content, guidelines) will be available by November 1.

Round 1 - Video recording spesifications:

  • Start recording yourself well in advance of the submission deadline
  • It is allowed to deliver several different videos, for example, different works / pieces / songs can be recorded separately.
  • Each work must be delivered in the form of an unedited recording.
  • The video should contain the entire audition program for round 1 and comply with set repertoire requirements
  • Length of audition program can be found under repertoire requirements
  • We do not accept audio files.
  • We only accept Youtube-links.
  • The audition video must be up to date. Not older than 1 November, 2021

Note!

Remember to record yourself facing forward in order for us to see you play/sing/conduct. Be sure to check that the audio is ok and that you have uploaded the file to YouTube with the settings that give us rights to play it.

Deadline for submitting video is 15 January.

Together with the video link(s), you will also share a review of submitted video material; your audition program for Round 1. In addition, you must share your full audition program for a round 2, as well as sheet music to the accompanist/band.

Information about how to share the video link(s) can be obtained in a separate e-mail received from the admission officer shortly after the application deadline. In the email you will find a link to an online additional application form.

In order to be able to send us a self-produced video of your audition for round 1, you must have completed the application form and uploaded all mandatory documents in SøknadsWeb within the application deadline. If video is also received within the deadline, your application will be further assessed for round 2 by the appointed committee.

Round 1 - assessment of Video

All applicants for performing music studies must audition for round 1 with their main instrument on video uploaded to YouTube. It is wise to start scheduling the video recording as soon as possible.

If you have several application options and your applications apply to assessments to two different fields of study (for instance, both jazz and classical), you must send video of two separate audition programs.

The last deadline for submitting video is 15 January.

Video link(s) and mention of video material/audition program for round 1 are included in separate e-mail received from the amission officer shortly after the application deadline. Together with the video link(s), you must also share a review of your full audition program for a round 2, as well as sheet music to the accompanist/band.

The appointed committee will assess all auditions submitted as soon as possible after January 15.

Read more about specifications for recording video and sharing this under Submission of audition video - round 1.

Round 2 - Audition and interview, week 10

If the Committee finds you qualified on your main instrument after a video assessment, you will be invited to round 2 in Stavanger in week 10. Round 2 consists of auditions and interviews. 30 minutes of auditions are set aside for each qualified applicant, and one must be prepared to perform the entire audition program.

The committee that assesses your audition in round 2 is the same one that assesses your video for round 1. Within the scheduled probationary period, an interview will also take place in which a representative from the student administration participates. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to explain your objective and motivation for the programme, while at the same time you will have the opportunity to ask questions to both the teacher and the student administration.

You will receive a separate invitation to round 2 by e-mail at the beginning of February.

  • The Faculty of Performing Arts and our campus Bjergsted are located just outside Stavanger city centre, in Bjergstedparken
  • The auditions take place in the main building
  • Briefing meetings are held in Eikenessalen every day in week 10, both at 09:00 and 13:00 - which orientation meeting to attend can be found in the invitation sent to you in January/February
  • The orientation meeting is mandatory for all applicants invited to round 2
  • There will be attendance registration in the foyer prior to each orientation meeting
  • You can find your exact time for auditions with interviews in TimeEdit, the faculty's schedule system - the audition times are published at the end of week 9, but small changes are reserved right up to the trial day
  • On the ground floor of the main building you will find several rooms for warm-ups
  • The Faculty will provide its own accompanists/band to all auditions in Round 2, provided that sheet music are received by 15 January.
  • If desired applicants for Jazz to Extension studies in music performance have the opportunity to use their own accompanimentband during the audition round 2.

Secondary auditions

If something unforeseen should happen and, for example, you are not given the opportunity to submit video within the deadline, you will be able to transfer your application to secondary audition that are usually arranged in May/June. Please observe that the secondary auditions are only carried out for instruments and for study places if there are vacancies after primary admission.

The Faculty publishes important news regarding applications and admissions during the period when SøknadsWeb is open until all offers are published on our website

Admission letter, Rejection letter or Waiting list letter will be published in SøknadsWeb under ''My applications''. You will receive an e-mail when the results are ready.

Remember to reply

If you are offered letter of admission or waiting list letter you must remember to reply ''Yes'' or ''No'' in SøknadsWeb within the mentioned deadline. Information regarding deadline is shared in the admission letter/waiting list letter.

If you have taken the exam in courses from another place of study, you can apply to have these admitted to the programme you have admission for. However you cannot apply until you have been granted the admission. Admission are awarded in early August. You must therefore apply for admission in the ordinary way through SøknadsWeb.

In order for the Committee to make correct assessments of your application, it is important that you provide us with information about which courses you have completed and to which year you wish to be admitted. Remember to upload documentation (transcripts of grades and course descriptions with any reading lists) for already completed courses so that the Committee can assess you to the level/year you have required.

If you are offered admission to the study programme you have applied for and accepted, you can apply for admission to already completed courses through Digital Studentexpedition. You will have access to Digital Studentexpedition from the beginning of August when the admission has been established and you have completed semester registration and paid semester fees.

The deadline for applying for admitted courses is 20 August, but the sooner the better hence your adapted time schedule and educational plan

Rules and requirements for Faculty of Performing Arts

This regulation applies for admission to all study programmes at the Faculty of Performing Arts with a performing main profile, based on the academic standards for performing and creative music education in Norway.

These rules and regulations apply for admission to the following studies:

  • One-year programme in performing music
  • Bachelor's degree in performing music
  • Extension Studies in Music Performance
  • Master in Music Performance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance

Adopted by IR/IMD on 30 September 2008. Revised and adopted by the Quality Committee/ Department of Music and Dance 4 September 2012. Last revised and adopted by the Quality Committee/Faculty of Performing Arts on 23 October 2018.

The admissions regulations for the Faculty of Performing Arts are based on the FOR-2007-01-31-173: Regulations relating to admission to higher education, and the current supplementary rules established by the UiS Regulations last updated February 2018.

Conceptual explanations

Principal instrument: Applicants' primary performing instrument.

Principal discipline: Instrument, vocals/song, composition.

Auditions/performing test: audition on main discipline.

1. Basis for admission

1.1 Applicants for a bachelor's degree in music performance/one-year programme in music performance must document general study competence (GSK).

Alternatively, applicants over 25, who do not meet the requirements for general study competence, can request to have their qualifications assessed based on other relevant alternative qualifications. The applicant must turn 25 the year in which the applicant applies for admission.

1.2 Applicants for a Master's degree in music performance must document completed lower degree studies in music, preferably a 3- or 4-year Bachelor's degree with instrumental training courses of at least 90 credits.

1.3 Applicants for Extension Studies in Music Performance must document completed lower degree programmes, preferably a 3- or 4-year Bachelor's Programme in Music Performance

1.4 Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance must document the completed master's degree in music performance.

1.5 Applications for approval of other education/courses as part of the programme they are applying for will be decided in accordance with the Faculty's guidelines. Information and application forms can be found on the Faculty's website. The application deadline is 20 August the year you start your studies.

2. Admission

2.1 The dean's decision regarding admission will be made after auditions have been held. The dean regulates admission according to:

- the committee's assessment and ranking

- results from the theory and hearing audition

- consideration for instrumental/vocal crew

- other resource considerations

2.2 The study administration communicate the dean's decision to the applicants. Applicants who receive an offer of admission/or a waiting list must register an answer in SøknadsWeb within the specified deadline.

2.3 Case processing of applicants is confidential and exempt from public disclosure.

3. Appointment of Committees

3.1 The Committee for the individual principal disciplines is appointed by the head of department and consists of at least two teachers, at least one of which shall represent the main discipline in which the applicant is auditioning for. The committee's representatives have the right to speak and vote. Student representatives, appointed by the student council at the Faculty, have the right to be present as an observer during the auditions, but do not have the right to speak.

3.2 The committee is responsible for:

1) assessment of qualifications and skills

2) ranking of applicants according to the achieved score and the frame set by the head of department/dean (cf. section 4)

The Committee assesses the applicants to be qualified or ineligible. The committee then ranks qualified applicants within the main discipline or instrument group. The results are collected by study administration and presented to the leaders of the departments, with a final decision by the dean.

3.3  In the event of any auditions on a supporting instrument, the Committee will consider the applicant's audition to be qualified or ineligible.

3.4 Formal errors in the completion of the auditions can be appealed (cf. section 10).

4.Administration of audition to studies in music performance at the Faculty of Performing Arts

4.1 Applicants are invited to auditions according to the scheduled plan at least 2 weeks before the admission week.

Grading test results is done on the basis of three sub-tests:

1) audition (principal instrument)

2) music theory / aural comprehension test

3) interview

Passed audition in music theory and aural comprehension test taken externally or at another educational institution in the same academic year may be assessed as approved, if this can be documented.

4.3 The Audition is conducted on the basis of defined repertoire requirements published on Faculty's website.

4.4. If there are many applicants for a main discipline, the audition will be prolonged for a total of two days

4.5 Applicants must have a minimum score in each of the sub tests; main instrument and musical theory/ aural comprehension test, to be assessed for admission.

4.6 Upon completion of the auditions an appointed committee consisting of administrative representatives shall conduct a conversation/interview with the applicant. During the conversation, the applicant will have the opportunity to ask questions about the study programme.

4.7 If no admission can be offered to qualified/approved applicants, they will be put on a waiting list. Applicants placed on a waiting list after the first round of admission will not automatically take precedence over approved applicants in the secondary admission (cf. section 5.4).

4.8 Department managers present proposals for admission to the dean based on professional assessments and resources. The dean makes the final decision regarding admissions.

5. Offer of Admission

5.1 Applicants are informed by e-mail and in SøknadsWeb about offers, waiting lists or rejections.

5.2 If an applicant does not confirm the offer of admission, it will be offered to another approved applicant or secondary applicant. Offer does not necessarily apply within the same principal instrument. Applicants placed on a waiting list after the primary recording will compete with secondary applicants.

5.3 Students with an admission who are on leave from performing studies for one year or more will normally be required to complete a new principal instrument audition in order to verify required level.

5.4 The right to commence study programmes is reserved.

6. Postponed Audition

6.1 Applicants who, due to illness or such, can apply for a postponed audition. A postponed audition will take place if the faculty has available admissions

7. Secondary Admissions

7.1 Applicants who, due to illness or such, cannot perform primary auditions at the specified time, may request to take part in auditions during secondary auditions.

7.2 Secondary auditions may be arranged if, after primary admission, there are available admissions. Available admissions depend on the capacity of the applicant's principal instrument. Secondary auditions are arranged for applicants who did not have the opportunity to attend the primary audition, as well as for any new applicants (cf. section 4)

7.3 Admission of secondary applicants is determined by the head of department and dean in accordance with the same procedures as mentioned in section 2.

8. Video recording as a basis for assessment.

8.1 A video recording with good sound quality can be used as a basis for an audition in the principal instrument in connection with admission of exchange students and applicants who have a residential address outside the Nordic region.

9. Admission of exchange students

9.1 International students who wish to study through exchange programmes are assessed academically by the faculty's teachers.

10. Access to complaints

10.1 Complaints about formal errors in admission are first dealt with by the faculty. If the faculty's original decision is upheld, and the applicant chooses to uphold the appeal, the appeal will be forwarded to the university's appeals board. Pursuant to Sections 28 and 29 of the Public Administration Act, decisions may be appealed in writing within 3 weeks after the letter is received. The complaint is sent to the University of Stavanger.

Where there are linguistic differences the Norwegian version is the official version.

Questions and Answers

Do I have access to rehearsal rooms during the weekend? When will I have access to my schedule? Below you will find answers to these questions

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Where does the teaching take place?

As a student at the Faculty of Performing Arts, you will have all your teaching on campus Bjergsted. On campus, we have concert halls and ensemble rooms, in addition to good capacity for rehearsal rooms that you as a student can use both on weekdays and on weekends. In addition, during project weeks you will participate in various performances and events associated with other cultural institutions and stages in the Stavanger region.

Where can I find Campus Bjergsted and the Faculty of Performing Arts?

The Faculty of Performing Arts has its own campus (Campus Bjergsted) which is located in a park (Bjergstedparken) close to Stavanger city center. Campus Bjergsted is located very close to Old Stavanger and has Stavanger Concert Hall as its nearest neighbor. Check out UiS's interactive map for information about the location..

When do I learn who is going to be my teachers during my studies?

In the beginning of August when your study right has been activated and you have completed the registration in StudentWeb, you will gain access to Canvas where you will find information about the tuition, teachers and schedule.

When will I have access to my schedule?

The schedule will be ready in the beginning of the semester in August. You will gain access to this as soon as you have finished the registration in StudentWeb. One-to-one lessons on the main instrument will be arranged between student and main instrument teacher. The schedule for project weeks will be available no later than three weeks before the project takes place.

I play in a band and sometimes have to be away from tuition. Is it possible?

All tuition at the faculty is compulsory, with 80 percent attendance requirements. Absence can be applied for for up to 8 days during a study year. Each application must be professionally substantiated and submitted within two weeks before the absence takes place. For more information, please see Attendance Rules and Requirements for Students.

Contact

If you have questions concerning admssion procedures, audition or the study programme, please contact: music-dance@uis.no

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Study Programmes

A natural choice after completing the Master in Music Performance programme is Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance. This programme will further develop your artistic and instrumental technical skills. In addition, we have a one year programme called Music Production and Recording. Students studying this programme will possess knowledge of artistic practice, concept development and project management in relation to music production and recording.

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