The Department of Music offers a 180 ECTS specialized program leading to a B.Mus- degree in instrumental/vocal performance, and a general music program leading to a BA- degree in which students can choose to specialize in composition (branches into general composition, new media, film music, stage music and production), music education or church music.

The goal of the Department of Music is that students learn to work independently, increase their knowledge and ability and develop as free-thinking artists. The program shall meet international demands and reflect the wide range of opportunities for musicians in musical performance, music creation, and music education.  The program shall exhibit professionalism and creative thought.  Graduates of the Department of Music shall be a source of enrichment for society.

The academic year is divided into two 15 week terms, which are broken down into shorter periods of instruction.  This creates flexibility in the program and opportunities for inviting foreign guest teachers for special projects.  It also allows students to take elective courses at other departments and facilitates cooperation among students in the Academy’s four departments. The department emphasizes that music has no borders and it is therefore its role to educate musicians for a wide range of jobs in music.

All students receive private instruction in their main subject area, as well as group instruction and master classes. The Department prides itself in getting both nationally and internationally renowned guest musicians.

Participation in ensemble groups of various sizes is an important part of the education provided by the department.  These can be traditional chamber music ensembles, orchestras, or improvisation of various natures.  In addition, students are encouraged to create their own ensembles.  Students are expected to perform in concert at least once every semester.  All of the department’s concerts are recorded and pod-casted on the Academy’s website.

The application should consist of:
  • Electronic application
  • photocopy of passport
  • learning agreement (suggest which subjects you need to take in addition to your main instrument/core subject)
  • digital sound file, link to a website or a cd recording
  • short letter of motivation
  • C.V.

Applicants upload the required documents to the electronic application.

Language of Instruction

The language of Instruction at the Academy is Icelandic. Incoming students must be prepared to meet this challenge. Most of the teachers, students and staff have a good level of English.  The Academy receives a number of guest teachers from abroad every semester, in which case the language of instruction will be English.  Exams and final projects can be delivered in English. For this reason, exchange students are expected to have a good level of English.

Deadlines for incoming applications

April 15 for autumn semester, spring semester or whole year.

October 15 for spring semester only.

The application can be accessed two months prior to the deadline.