The Performance Programme specialising in World Music is a programme intended for folk music musicians (of Swedish and non-Swedish folk music) or musicians of non-western classical music, who are planning a musical career within this genre.
The programme is open to both instrumentalists and vocalists and encourages both the preservation of musical traditions and the creation of new music.
To be accepted onto the programme candidates should have both broad and in-depth knowledge of the musical tradition in which are active. Emphasis is also placed on the candidate’s ability to communicate with an audience.
The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be able to pursue a career within various areas of artistic life, in an ever-changing cultural environment.
Some parts of the programme are taught in cooperation with the Music Teacher Programme – folk music specialisation.
In addition to instrumental studies focus is placed on ensemble studies. Students are given a large amount of freedom to shape and form their programme of study so it is essential that students have a clear picture of what they want to achieve.
An additional aim of the programme is to provide students with basic knowledge of entrepreneurship to increase their ability to handle the conditions faced by professional musicians.
The academic year is divided into weeks with teaching according to a schedule, project weeks and weeks of independent studies. Once the programme is successfully completed students are awarded with a degree of Bachelor of Music.
Our two head teachers are:
Mats Edén, (violin, accordion, ensemble studies, theory of music). One of Sweden’s prominent figures in modern Swedish folk music, primarily as a member of the trendsetting folk music group Groupa.
Pär Moberg (ensemble studies, saxophone, history of music, Course Director). Wind instrument specialist, active in a number of musical groups such as Tummel, World Mix Orchestra and Grannar.
Our teaching staff includes many of Sweden’s most active folk and world music musicians.
Among those who we employ are Allan Skrobe (string instruments, ensemble studies, music theory), Tomas Jimeno Rodriquez (percussion), Jens Ulvsand (music theory, ear training, ensemble studies, string instruments), Tuva Härdelin (violin, ensemble studies), Roberto Amerise (guitar), Annika Jessen (clarinet), Edmond Fida (saxophone) and Mats Andersson (guitar) .
Many of our students who would like to widen their knowledge also take lessons from our leading teachers in classical music, jazz or rock.
Guest lecturers are also often invited to the Academy. Guest lecturers who have visited the Academy include Fazal Qureshi, Yair Dalal,Roger Tallroth, Bäsk, Dervish, Hoven Droven, Ahmad Al-Khatib, Gunnar Stubbseid, Anders Hagberg, Gunnel Mauritzon, Jonas Knutsson, Sven Ahlbäck and Susanne Rosenberg.
Students of the Malmö Academy of Music find themselves in the middle of what is perhaps Sweden’s most multi-cultural city and in close proximity to Continental Europe. Malmö also has a vibrant cultural life including a number of active arrangers of folk and world music concerts.