The BMus programme in instrumental/vocal performance is structured as classical vocal or instrumental study, with emphasis on the performance of classical and contemporary music. The performance major comprises private lessons, accompaniment, and master classes. Strong emphasis is placed on inviting foreign and domestic guest teachers to hold master classes.

Wide-ranging ensemble work is an important part of the programme, and students can receive academic credit for participation in symphony orchestras and other large ensembles in Iceland and abroad. Students perform in solo and chamber music recitals several times each semester, as well as participating in concerts featuring works by composition students within the IUA Music Department. BMus students give public recitals as part of their final project.

The department offers courses in baroque music, contemporary music, stage presence, sight reading, improvisation, pronunciation for vocalists, and the fundamentals of instrumental and vocal teaching. The aim of the study programme is to educate well-rounded musicians with solid knowledge, skills, and proficiency in their chosen field.

BMus students in vocal and instrumental performance who wish to study abroad before completing their bachelor’s-level studies are offered the opportunity to complete their studies at IAA with a Diploma (60-120 ECTS). In order to do so, however, they must have grades no lower than 8.0 in their major subject and must have been formally accepted to a university-level music school abroad.

Also offered within this programme is a two-year Diploma programme comprising 60 units. The Diploma programme is intended for talented students who are still in upper secondary school but satisfy the IAA’s requirements concerning musical knowledge and skill. Students complete their studies with a Diploma examination culminating with a public recital. The university-level units completed will shorten commensurably the time needed to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Programme: Vocal Performance
Degree: BA
Units: 180 ECTS
Study length: 6 terms – 3 years

Frá deildarforseta

Umheimur okkar hefur tekið stakkaskiptum á undanförnum áratugum
Breytingar sem hafa umbylt öllu lífi fólkshvernig það vinnur
hvernig það hefur samskipti og hvernig það ver frítíma sínum.  
Þessi bylting hefur snert öll svið samfélagsins og þar er starfsvettvangur 
tónlistarfólks ekki undanskilinn. 

Vegna tækniframfarahnattvæðingar og síbreytilegs efnahagsog stjórnmálaástands 
hefur tónlistarheimurinn tekið gríðarlegum breytingum
sem ekki verður séð fyrir endann á.  Þessar öru breytingar hafa einnig kallað á 
breytt viðhorf til tónlistarnáms
Markmið tónlistarháskóla hér áður fyrr voru skýr og einföld
 viðhalda nauðsynlegri nýliðun í þau tónlistarstörf sem 
samfélagið þarfnaðist hverju sinni og var einkum  finna í hefðbundnum 
tónlistarstofnunum líkt og hljómsveitum og óperuhúsum  

Þessi veruleiki hefur verið  þróast og breytast.  
Sinfóníuhljómsveitir og óperuhús berjast í bökkumrekstrarformi tónlistarstofnana 
breytt og atvinnuöryggi tónlistarfólks á þessum vettvangi verður sífellt minna.  
Þrátt 
fyrir þessa þróunhefur störfum í tónlistargeiranum engu  síður fjölgað
því  heimurinn og fólkið sem hann byggir þarf og mun alltaf þurfa á tónlist  halda.  
Tónlistarstörf tengd tölvuleikjumkvikmyndagerðsamfélagsþjónustuinternetinu og 
hverskonar afþreyingu hafa aldrei verið fleiri.  
Nýsköpun tónlistar hefur sjaldan verið blómlegri
aðgengi  tónlist hefur aldrei verið meira og á vettvangi tónlistarmiðlunar 
bíða fjölmörg tækifæri.    

Við þörfnumst tónlistarfólks af öllum togaþví heimurinn allur getur verið 
leiksvið okkar og möguleikarnir eru svo ótrúlega margir. 
Við þörfnumst nemenda sem eru tilbúnir  feta hinn torfæra slóða 
atvinnuhljóðfæraleikarans og söngvarans evið viljum einnig nemendur sem vilja 
móta sína eigin vegferð á sviði tónlistarinnar.  
Við þurfum frumkvöðlavið þurfum skáldvið þurfum fræðafólk
tónlistarkennara af öllum togahljómsveitarstjórafjölmiðlafólk
kórstjóra og svo mætti lengi telja. 

Tónlistardeild LHÍ býður upp á fjölbreytt einstaklingsmiðað nám þar sem 
nemandinn er í forgrunni og tækifærin til  móta það  eigin áherslum eru mörg. 
 

- Tryggi M. Baldvinsson
Forseti Tónlistardeilda LHÍ