This is the written part of my master examination in performing classical percussion at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. This thesis is a story on the creation of the NorthArc Percussion Group (from here on called NAP), from the first sharing of ideas between three young percussionists in Oslo in March 2010 through our experiences towards the finished first project, the Strike/ Illuminate Scandinavian tour in March 2012.
The idea of writing about this subject emerged in the beginning of the second year of my master studies (2011). I realized that my acquired
knowledge and all the effort already put into writing texts like business plans, budgets, artistic plans, applying for money, etc. could come in handy for this master thesis. I also realized my need to express the strong feelings I have about the importance of a music student creating a carrier in the “real world” outside school long before graduation.
"I direct a big part of the blame towards many music educations who in my view do not prepare the student sufficiently for what to expect from a carrier as an artist."
During my years as a student I have seen a lot of my fellow students getting stuck in the practice room when, even though they like it or not, they are about to be thrown into a life as a professional working musician. Even though every student has a responsibility for their own carrier I direct a big part of the blame towards many music educations who in my view do not prepare the student sufficiently for what to expect from a carrier as an artist. Through 6 years of studies, I have seen and personally felt a need of information from the music education about entreprenearship and creative thinking in a musician’s carrier. The subject has come up from time to time but without any clear ideas or conclusions on how to attack it.
The knowledge I have collected about entrepreneurship was acquired to some extent through asking questions to my teachers, who all have had successful creative carriers, but for the most part through my own research. As a result of all this I decided to take my experience with the creation of NAP, write a personal presentation from my point of view and share both rights and wrongs towards our creation of a working ensemble. The “Nordic Culture Fund project description” in the beginning of the thesis and the attached documents at the end will be explored in different paragraphs. The thesis will also include pictures from the complete process, and a DVD recording of the Strike/ Illuminate concert performance in Stockholm will be attached.
Författare: Sindrea Saetre (Kungl. Musikhögskolan)
Titel: The creation of an ensemble: NorthArc Percussion Group
Uppsatsnivå: Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hp
Masterarbete: The creation of an ensemble: NorthArc Percussion Group