Performance, Church Music – Instrumental
The Master's Programme in Church Music deepens your instrumental skills and prepares you for a professional life as church musician at high international level.
Please note that this master's programme is offered in Swedish only.
The Master's Programme in Church Music is given with two profiles:
- Vocal with Choral Conducting in focus.
- Instrumental with Organ in focus.
You choose one of these but may study some courses along with students on the other profile.
The Master's programme in Church Music require a Degree of Bachelor in Church Music, 180 credits.
To be eligible for this programme, you need to
- meet the general entry requirements for second-cycle courses and study programmes, meaning you must have completed an undergraduate study programme of at least 180 ECTS
- meet the specific entry requirements which are a Degree of Bachelor in Church music (180 credits) or equivalent, as well as passed entrance examination.
If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places, a selection will take place. Selection is based on results on entrance examination.
Read the test description (in Swedish) for the programme for information about the entrance examination content, on the Swedish page.
In the instrumental profile, you will deepen your knowledge in organ, improvisation and other keyboard instruments.
Organ studies are tailored to your individual level, experience and needs, but follow two tracks: own study work and repertoire studies. The repertoire studies are characterised by stylistic versatility, historical dissemination, knowledge of performance practice/ aesthetics, and familiarity with both traditional compositional forms and contemporary notation and form-thinking.
As a preparation for a professional career as a church musician, the programme also gives you knowledge of the music industry's conditions, mental training and stage preparation.
The course Degree Project on 30 credits provides an opportunity for you to focus on and document the artistic process through independent work. The presentation can be done in several forms: through written work, audiovisual documentation and/or digital media. You can also choose a research preparation track.
In addition to KMH's lesson and exercise instruments, you will have access to many of the prominent organs in Stockholm's churches.
After the Programme
Earlier students work as church musicians in the different denominations of the country. The Swedish Church is one of the largest employers of freelance musicians in the classical field and one of the largest concert organisers in the country. And a varied work life awaits with plenty of room for your own musical initiatives.
The program also prepares for further studies at the artistic research level.