Quick facts about KMH

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

Its history dates back to the founding of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music by king Gustaf III in 1771, which makes KMH one of the oldest music colleges or conservatories in the world.

KMH educates about 1400 students per year in, for example, folk music, jazz, classical music, conducting, composition, music and media production as well as various music focused teacher education programmes.

KMH is specially tasked with providing study programmes in orchestra conducting, electro-acoustic composition and piano tuning.

KMH also offers music therapy and engages in research education in music education. It participates in artistic and pedagogical research as well as development projects in Sweden and internationally.

Figures from the annual report for 2021

(figures in brackets for 2020)


Total number of students: 1,420 (1,349)

Total number of full-time students: 691 (685)


Undergraduate education programs (Bachelor's programs): 13 (13)

Secondary education program (master's program): 18 (17)

Teacher education program and Supplementary pedagogical education

Independent courses: 46 (32)


Degrees issued: 175 (163)

Research and postgraduate education

Refereed research publications: (55) 55

Doctoral students: 9 employees at KMH who formally conduct their education at postgraduate level at another university (three admitted to music pedagogy at Lund University, five in music and technology at KTH and one in music and health at Karolinska Institutet).

Teachers and employees (annual manpower)

All teachers: 100 (98) of which 23 (23) professors

All employees: 184 (177)