Quick facts about KMH

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The Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) is the only independent state-funded college of music in Sweden not affiliated with a university.

Its origins trace back to the establishment of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music by King Gustaf III in 1771, making KMH one of the world's oldest music colleges or conservatories.

KMH annually educates approximately 1400 students in different disciplines, including folk music, jazz, classical music, conducting, composition, music and media production, and various music-focused teacher education programs.

KMH has a specific mission to provide study programs in orchestra conducting, electro-acoustic composition, and piano tuning.

Additionally, KMH offers programs in music therapy and actively participates in research and education in music education. It engages in artistic and pedagogical research, as well as development projects, both within Sweden and internationally.

Figures from the annual report for 2023

(figures in brackets for 2022)


Total number of students: 1 520 (1 355)

Total number of full-time students: 682 (660)


Undergraduate education programs (Bachelor's programs): 13

Secondary education program (master's program): 19

Teacher education program and Supplementary pedagogical education: 7

Independent courses: 38


Degrees issued: 178 (168)

Research and postgraduate education

Refereed research publications: 62 (82)

Doctoral students: 11 (9) employees formally pursuing their doctoral studies at another institution. Three doctoral students admitted in music education and two admitted in educational sciences at Lund University (LU), five in music and technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and one in music and health at Karolinska Institutet.

Teachers and employees (annual manpower)

All teachers: 102 (100) of which 24 (23) professors

All employees: 177 (187)