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Admission to Bachelor's Level, Folk and World Music


Key dates for your application

  1. Sign up for the programme at
    Registration period: 1 December 2023 – 15 January 2024
  2. Last completion day to prove your eligibility is 25 January 2024.
  3. Upload your work samples (Round I) no later than 22 January 2024. Read more about content, recording quality and format further down on this page.
  4. Assessment of samples of work (Round I). A jury group assesses the work samples of Round I. If you pass you will be invited to Round II. The invitation is sent to the email address provided when you made your application.
  5. Round II consists of uploaded work samples, an interview and performance and music theory test conducted online via Zoom during the second week in March 2024. Day and time will be specified in the invitation.
  6. Admission decision 1: 11 April 2024 on My pages at
  7. Deadline for accepting your place through My pages at is 25 April 2024.
  8. Admission decision 2: 7 May 2024 on My pages at

Admission test

The admission test is carried out in two rounds. Round I will be conducted via digital samples of work (video recordings). If you pass Round I, you will be invited to Round II which will be conducted via digital samples of work (video recordings) and an online admissions test and interview during the second week of March.

Round I (uploaded samples of work)
Submit video recordings where you perform:

  • Two songs of different character in your special music/genre area, of which one must be performed solo. On both recordings you must play your main instrument within your genre. If you want accompaniment on the second song, you are allowed to play with an extra musician(s) or recorded background music. The total playing time for both songs must not exceed 10 minutes.

The recordings must be uploaded to the Malmö Academy of Music via the link below no later than 22 January 2024.

Round II (uploaded samples of work, admissions test, interview and music theory test)
You have to submit two video recordings of yourself. The same instructions for uploading work samples as for Round I apply to Round II. As well as perform an admission test live, be interviewed and a do diagnostic music theory test, all via Zoom.

No later than Sunday 3rd of March 2024 before midnight, you must have uploaded the following samples of work:

  • In the invitation to audition a folder will be sent to you containing sheet music and recordings for three songs sent that we have recorded. You must record yourself on film when you play to one of these songs. You choose which of them you think suits you best. If for some reason the key of the song does not suit you, it is OK to change the key in any program for this, but you are NOT allowed to change the tempo. Instructions for what to play in different parts of the song, depending on what instrument you play, can be found in the same folder. Example – Sheet music for ensemble test (PDF 283 kB, new tab) 
  • You must also record another song of your choice duration 3-4 minutes. It may show a slightly different side of you as a folk and world musician than what you showed in part test I, but must still be clearly anchored in the genre. 

On Tuesday, 5th of March 2024, you will also do an admissions test with 4 parts that will take place live via zoom. Here you must do the following:

  • A sheet music example will be sent to you that you get one minute to look at, and then try to play live in front of the camera. Example – A vista test (PDF 19,4 kB, new tab)
  • We will play some melodic phrases, and you will try to imitate them on your instrument or voice.
  • We also conduct a short interview where we will ask you a little about what you have done earlier in your life as a musician, and your reasons are for applying to us. The admissions test must show that you speak English well enough to be able to complete the education.

These first three parts will take about 10 minutes. The specific time slot will be included in the invitation to audition, that you will receive after qualifying from Round I.

  • You will also be given a time slot for a diagnostic music theory test, which takes place in a group live on zoom on the same day. Once the test has started, you will receive a link to the test, and you then have 90 minutes to do the test digitally in front of the screen. You must not leave the screen or go outside the video frame, and of course do not ask for help from someone else. If needed, you are allowed to have access to a musical instrument as support during this test. Example of music theory test (PDF 93 kB, new tab)

In order to be able to complete these four parts, you will need to have access to Zoom, sound from the computer (headphones or speakers) and a stable internet connection. These four parts are of great importance for our assessment of you, but none of them is decisive - it is not a requirement to pass all four parts in order to be accepted into the Bachelor programme.


There are no other qualifying tests in the admissions test in this Bachelor program. The music theory test is diagnostic.

Instructions and criteria for videos

In order for the video recordings to be approved as a basis for assessment, you must follow the instructions below:

  • Start your video recordings by identifying yourself – film your ID or passport, and your face. State which piece you will perform.
  • Your face, hands and instrument must be visible at all times.
  • Perform and record one (1) piece/audition task per film. No clips or other technical edits are allowed.
  • The sound should be of good quality, recorded with the microphone in your mobile phone or with a room microphone, without too much room acoustics and without distortion and noise.
  • The video recordings must have good image quality with good contrast and light.
  • You must upload the recordings in MP4 format. Other file formats are not allowed. Your folder with work samples must not exceed 5 GB.

If these instructions are not followed or if we suspect that the video files have been modified, your submitted samples of work may be assessed as invalid.

Instructions for uploading samples of work

  1. Make sure you have signed up for the programme you are applying for at or
  2. Save the videos you want to submit in MP4 format. Name each file with a title, your initials and date of birth – use the first two letters of your first and last name and the year/month/day format for your date of birth. Separate the data with underscores.

    Video1_LaJo_990230 (In the example, the applicant is named Lars Jonsson and was born on 2 February in 1999. The next file is called Video2_LaJo_990230 etc.)
  3. Create a new folder on your computer. Name the folder with the abbreviation your name_your instrument_date of birth (year/month/day).

    Example: LarsJonsson_Violin_990230
  4. Put all your files in the folder and save it on your computer. 
  5. Compress your folder into a ZIP file (do not use RAR files, we cannot open these). The folder must not exceed 5 GB.
  6. Open the link for uploading samples of work. You will find the link at the bottom of this page.
  7. Download or drag the entire folder from your computer into the upload window.

  8. When the upload is complete, you will receive a confirmation directly in the browser. Do not close the browser until the upload is complete.
  9. If you have problems with the upload of your samples of work, please contact us via email admissions [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (admissions[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)

Please note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the work samples are complete according to the audition information, that they are submitted in the correct format and are playable. Never send your samples of work to the admissions email. They will end up in the wrong place and your application will not be considered complete.

Upload your samples of work here for round II no later than 3 March 2024.


admissions [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (admissions[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)