global music master degree

ADMISSION PROCESS

GLOMAS (Nordic Master of Global Music) ADMISSION PROCESS 2017

 

The Nordic Master of Global Music (GLOMAS) is a joint study program in collaboration with Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark.

 

NOTE WELL: Students are based in one of the two home institutions but will spend one semester in Helsinki and one semester in Aarhus as part of their first year of study. The remainder of the studies will be spent at each students home institution.     

 

Admission to the program is in three phases:

 

All applicants to the Nordic Master of Global Music (GLOMAS) programme must prove their language skills in English.

 

Admission to the programme is in three phases:

 

PHASE 1 – APPLICATION

 

The application period for those applying in Helsinki or Aarhus is 10.-25.1.2017.

·         Fill in Sibelius Academy’s electronic application form (application for the audition in Helsinki) no later than 25.1.2017 (3 p.m. Finnish time) at www.studyinfo.fi.

 

·         Fill in the Royal Academy of Music’s electronic application form (application for the audition in Aarhus) no later than 25.1.2017 (2 p.m. Danish time) by following this link: https://www.musikuddannelser.dk/uddannelse.php?id=194&sprog=uk.

 

It is strongly recommended that you fill out the application form for both institutions as this will increase your chances of being offered a place.

 

The application period for those applying in Brazil or Nepal is 24.11.-5.12.2016. 

·         Fill in Sibelius Academy’s electronic application form (application form for the audition in Brazil or Nepal) no later than 5.12.2016 (3 p.m. Finnish time) at www.uniarts.fi/en/apply-to-sibelius-academy.

 

·         Fill in the Royal Academy of Music’s electronic application form (application form for the audition in Brazil or Nepal) no later than 5.12.2016 (2 p.m. Danish time) at https://www.musikuddannelser.dk/uddannelse.php?id=194&sprog=uk.

 

PHASE 2 –PRE-EXAMINATION ASSIGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES

 

Pre-examination assignments must be submitted electronically via the DecisionDesk system by the deadlines mentioned below. The accepted format for the documents is .pdf. The video excerpts must be uploaded in .mov format or private YouTube links provided.

 

Applicants will be provided with detailed information about how to securely submit pre-examination assignments via the DecisionDesk system. The instructions will be available on the University of the Arts Helsinki admissions website:http://www.uniarts.fi/en/apply-to-sibelius-academy.

 

All documents and pre-examination assignments provided must state the name of the candidate and the degree programme / main subject / main instrument / vocal he or she is applying for. Please note that it is not possible to send any pre-examination assignments by email or fax.

 

1)      University degree certificate and required proof of applicant’s language proficiency in English (For more information on Sibelius Academy’s language requirements, please see section 3)

N.B Applicants for The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark do not require a language certificate. 

 

2)      Short video excerpts [max. 3 minutes / excerpt] representing a range of relevant skills. This must include footage of performance skills, with optional excerpts from teaching situations, workshops etc.


3)      Curriculum Vitae

4)      Motivation letter in English (max. 2 pages) including:

  • Description of musical and educational background
  • Description of reasons for wanting to enter the programme
  • Description of long term professional goals

5)      Optional sample of previous written material, e.g. studies or research

 

On completion of phases one and two, successful candidates will be invited to attend phase three in person. Auditions will take place either in Helsinki (Finland), Aarhus (Denmark), Natal (Brazil) or Kathmandu (Nepal), depending on the applicant’s choice. Audition dates will be notified via e-mail.

 

Pre-examination assignments deadlines:

For those applying in Helsinki and Aarhus: 25.1.2017 (3 p.m. Finnish time)

For those applying in Brazil: 5.12.2016 (3 p.m. Finnish time)

For those applying in Nepal: 5.12.2016 (3 p.m. Finnish time)

The language certificate deadline is however not until 31.3.2017 at 3 p.m. Finnish time.

 

PHASE 3 – AUDITION

 

For those candidates invited to the physical audition (phase 3), the dates are as follows:

Audition in Helsinki or Aarhus: April/May 2017

Audition in Natal, Brazil: 10 January 2017

Audition in Katmandu, Nepal: March 2017

 

The audition phase consists of 5 parts. All parts are compulsory. An applicant will be rejected is he/she fails to perform any single part of the examination.

 

Part 1: (10 minutes)

Perform pieces of your choice. This may be solo or with accompanying musicians. The applicant must provide their own accompanying musicians if required.

 

Part 2: (10 minutes)

Lead a trio of academy musicians through the process of learning a small piece of music with you. This could be just a small taste of a musical idea or concept and does not have to result in a finished piece of music. The jury are focusing on your communication skills and ability to get the musicians working with you collaboratively. The musicians will be provided for you and you will use musical material of your own choice.

 

Part 3: (5 to 10 minutes)

Using improvisation, interact and contribute creatively to small musical ideas / pieces presented to you by the trio of academy musicians. No written music will be used. This section of the audition may also involve small ear training exercises, including call and response rhythms, melodic phrases and improvisation.

 

Part 4: Interview (5 to 10 minutes)

Questions will focus on the applicant’s interests and motivation for wanting to study in the programme, as well as their ideas for possible field work and final project.

 

Part 5: (60 minutes)

Interactive workshop and discussion in a group made up of other GLOMAS candidates.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

The Entrance Examination Board will assess the applicant’s suitability for education and a career in music based on all aspects of the audition. The selection process also takes in to consideration the formation of a well-balanced and versatile student ensemble.

 

The parts of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

 

·         performance audition, ensemble work and interview (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) amount to a total of 75 %

·         interactive workshop and discussion amounts to a total of 25 %