The Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice provides future professional musicians with the knowledge and skills to become artistically flexible practitioners able to adjust to a wide range of societal contexts.


The programme is targeting students with high-level performance skills interested in reaching new audiences by learning to develop and lead creative projects in diverse artistic, community and cross-sectoral settings. As a result, they will develop their leadership skills and collaborative practice in a variety of artistic and social contexts.

The Master is a collaborative programme offered by several higher music education institutions from countries in Europe. Students apply to one of the participating institutions as their host institution, which will also award the degree. They can choose to take a part of their studies at one of the other institutions, or by other means of exchange as agreed by the programme, depending on their need and field of practice.

The Master has received funding from the Erasmus+ Programme for its development.

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The core of the methodology of the NAIP Master's program is collaboration and independence. Each student moulds his field of interest, in close connection to the community. The program prepares musicians for rapid changes in their working environment, where leadership and communication skills and creative thinking are necessary. Emphasis is placed on establishing a positive learning environment based on trust and empathy, where knowledge and experience are shared on a peer-to-peer basis. The program is international and is in collaboration with other art academies in Europe. It is therefore intended to connect different trends and policies, to promote cooperation between different sectors of music and different professions. The program is an option for musicians from all fields of music to retrain.

Our opportunities to flourish as artists and human beings are based on cooperation and communication. NAIP is a learning center that where students are not afraid to share their ideas and thoughts with others, experiment and get support, feedback and new ideas. Whether students are working within the field of experimental music, performances, operas or baroque music, students can challenge themselves with the support of the group, take risks and make all the mistakes that are necessary to succeed. The program provides students with good self-esteem and independence, skills in music creation and the skills of working and performing with others.

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes reflect the AEC descriptors for the second cycle (Masters) programmes and the Polifonia/Dublin descriptors for second cycle programmes. Both sets of descriptors assume a continuous progression, extension and/or enhancement of skills typically associated with the completion of a first cycle programme in music higher education. At the completion of their studies, a student should...

Skills in Artistic Expression

  • be able to create, realise and express unambiguously to specialist and non- specialist audiences their own artistic concepts as a high-level performer, composer and/or leader, emerging as a well developed musical personality.

Creative and Transformative Skills

  • demonstrate considerable capacity in creating and developing original musical material inspired by people, context and purpose.
  • be able to re-create and transform repertoire building upon experience with representative works in their area and a variety of other musical styles and genres.

Performance Skills

  • be able to project their musical ideas fluently, sensitively and with confidence in a variety of performance settings and for a variety of audiences using a wide range of musical material.

Improvisation Skills

  • be able to improvise with fluency responding appropriately to the context.

Ensemble Skills

  • be able to take an accompanying/supporting role within ensemble activities.
  • be able to take a leadership role within ensemble activities.

Workshop Skills

  • be able to facilitate learning in formal and non-formal settings
  • be able to participate and collaborate effectively within music making environments in a variety of settings.
  • be able to apply appropriate creative workshop skills when interacting with a particular audience.

Technical Skills

  • be able to continuously renew and develop skills such as rehearsing, practising, interpreting and reading in order to support their ability to realise and express artistic concepts of their own and others.

Knowledge and Understanding of Repertoire and Musical Materials

  • through self-directed study, research and practice, have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of relevant repertoire and be able to apply their knowledge about the common elements and organisational patterns of music to express artistic concepts of their own and others.

Knowledge and Understanding of Context

  • be able to seek and apply knowledge from other fields of research.
  • possess knowledge of musical styles and their associated performing traditions in order to be able to develop, present and demonstrate programmes that are coherent and suitable to the performing context(s).
  • have a profound understanding of the interrelationship between their theoretical and practical studies and should have a sense of how to use this knowledge to strengthen their own artistic development.


  • have become fully autonomous learners, able to integrate knowledge and to undertake in organized manner tasks that may be extended and complex, applied in new or unfamiliar contexts, or based upon incomplete or limited information.

Psychological Understanding

  • be able to demonstrate self-awareness in a variety of situations, and be self- confident and experienced in working with various target groups from different backgrounds.

Critical awareness

  • be able to make reflexive decisions based upon their critical responses, continuously renewing and developing their personal skills and knowledge within their profession.

Communication and project management skills

  • have become confident and experienced in their communication and social skills, including the ability to
  • initiate and work with others on joint projects or activities,
  • show skills in leadership, teamwork, negotiations and organisation, o integrate with other individuals in a variety of cultural contexts,
  • demonstrate their command of language (written or spoken),
  • present complex work in accessible form,
  • interact with and respond to a variety of audiences
  • be able to apply, using project management techniques, their knowledge, artistic understanding and problem-solving abilities in unfamiliar and/or multidisciplinary contexts.
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Last updated December 17, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 19, 2019
2 years
277,263 ISK
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