• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The aim of the Bachelor Programme in Music Performance - Western Classical Music from University of Agder is to develop your skills as a solo performer, a chamber musician, and a creative contributor to collaborative music projects.

This unique programme is designed to enable you to realise your musical potential and to prepare you for a future career as a musician through a variety of modules. You can choose to focus as your principal study on either your main instrument, or on two contrasting disciplines. 

These can be two different instruments, one instrument and composition, conducting or classical music improvisation or similar combinations. Additional principal study lectures will be offered through masterclasses, workshops, chamber music coaching and practical seminars led by high-profile performers.

An important aspect of the Bachelor program is to prepare the student for the musical and artistic challenges of the present day, where one often needs to create a personal and flexible artistic profile. The ability to lead and take part in artistic projects and to teach is of increasing importance. 

Training in these areas is offered via second study modules, which are taught both academically and practically through workshops, seminars and special projects. Other essential core subjects will include aural and analytical skills, music history and critical thinking. During the last semester, the student will submit a Bachelor thesis.

What do you learn?

  • Your principal study is the focal point of your musical development. You will develop your skills as a performer and gain a solid platform for your musicianship.
  • The programme will give you the essential building blocks to pursue a future career.
  • You will develop a broad solo repertoire and an essential audition repertoire and will develop important skills to enable you to lead, develop and participate in musical projects.
  • You will gain orchestral and choral experience, develop important skills in chamber music playing and will learn how to interact professionally at different levels.
  • The second study modules will strengthen your reflective and critical thinking skills to enhance your general level of musicianship.You will develop essential skills in aural training, music history, analysis and music technology.
  • The three-year Bachelor of Music Performance Programme will provide a solid basis to enable you to specialise further in the future.

Job opportunities

The Bachelor Programme in Music Performance - Western Classical Music can give you the skills required to launch a musical career in orchestras, opera companies or choirs, teaching or freelancing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The application period is from 1 November to 1 December.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Music History
  • Composing/Arranging
  • Aural Training
  • Instrumental Method
  • Music Technology
  • Philosophy of Science, Aestetics and Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. You may find what is considered university entrance qualifications from your country in the 'GSU' list. 
  • Successful completion of entrance examinations in your main instrument, aural training and theory.

The entrance examinations include:

  • An aural training and theory assessment
  • An audition on your main instrument
  • An interview

Overseas (non-Norwegian) applicants who are not able to attend in person for the entrance examinations can be offered digital assessments in theory and aural. The audition can be carried out by sending a verified audio-visual recording of a 25- minute performance by the candidate (performing repertoire of their own choice), and interviews can be conducted on Skype.

Recommended prerequisites
  • Solid skills on your main instrument
  • Basic skills in music theory and aural training

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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There are no tuition fees at the University of Agder. Exchange students are also exempt from the semester fee.

Living costs for Kristiansand

  • 9412 - 14770 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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