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Improvisation or World Music Performance, master's programme

Master of Fine Arts in Music with Specialisation in Improvisation and World Music Performance

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 506 000 SEK
First payment: 126 500 SEK

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Improvisation or World Music Performance

This master programme for fine arts in Music has two specialisations:
Improvisation Performance, or Contemporary Traditions / World Music.

The master’s programme in Music specialising in improvisation and world music provides a creative and innovative learning environment for you to pursue your ideas. As a student of the programme, you will join a group of diverse students, supporting each other as you develop your individual work.


Improvisation or World Music Performance

Encouraging your individual ideas in a diverse group: A large part of your work throughout the programme will be based on your own artistic specialisation and your project idea. You will work both independently and in groups and the ability to reflect both through music and in writing is required. The programme encourages cross-border meetings but also presupposes a clear immersion in the idea you have chosen for your independent project. Meeting with students with diverse backgrounds creates an inspirational environment for creativity and innovation. Openness, curiosity, and reflection are central concepts. In the seminars, ideas are tested in theory and practice together with your fellow students and with students from other master’s programmes and courses.

Preparing you for your future career: The different subjects help develop your written and oral tools with the overarching goal of meeting the requirements of professional life. The programme is international and offers excellent opportunities to network with musicians of different backgrounds. We also aim to prepare you for the role of freelance musician on the international level. You will also be prepared to pursue further studies at the postgraduate level in music focusing on musical performance, if you choose.

The programme is characterized by an interdisciplinary environment through interaction with fellow students and visiting lecturers, and we have close links to the research environment at the institution, faculty, and University. Our main teachers are Anders Hagberg, Thomas Markusson, Jonas Simonson and visiting lecturers Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Arve Henriksen

Programme structure and content

  • Main Subject Master's Improvisation or Contemporary Traditional Music  (60 credits)
    Note: The subject Contemporary Traditional Music was formerly named World Music.
    These courses support you in developing a clear personal profile. During each semester, a concert is prepared and performed, which is also the basis for your independent project. You also participate in artistic international collaboration projects with other master's programmes.
  • Independent Project (degree project) (30 credits).
    You investigate a question or an artistic problem within your main area in a methodical way, applying both musical performance and reflecting text. The work leads to a finished, artistically reflective presentation that includes audio/video documentation, alternatively a self-produced score or equivalent, as well as a written reflective text in any format.
  • The Reflective Artist (18 credits).
    You meet experienced practitioners from a variety of artistic fields in talks, seminars and workshops. Within these courses, you also present and discuss artistic and theoretical starting points for your independent work.
  • Master's seminars (12 credits)
    Includes seminars, workshops and lectures on themes that connect to the main subject in a wider, partly interdisciplinary context, and take place in collaboration with the master's programmes in Improvisation, and Composition (Experimental Composition and Creation).

Who should apply?

The programme is aimed at those who want to deepen their practical skills as a performing musician and at the same time reflect and go deeper into their own artistry. It is an education for you that has a clear idea of what you want to develop.

Prerequisites and selection


Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Entrance test

Selection is based upon admission tests. 

More information about Entrance test


Selection of eligible applicants is based upon admission tests. Information about the admission tests can be found at the home page of the Academy of Music and Drama.

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Fine Arts in Music with a specialization in Improvisation and World Music.


The Academy of Music and Drama operates from four locations in Gothenburg: Eklandagatan 86, Åvägen 24 (Brewhouse), Vasagatan 50 (HDK-Valand) and Triörgatan 1 (Andra stället). This programme is primarily located at Eklandagatan 86.

More information about facilities


The programme is taught at the Academy of Music and Drama in central Gothenburg. The building offers rehearsal rooms, concert stages and recording studios, among other things,. Visiting address: Fågelsången 1, Gothenburg.