The Royal Academy of Music as it is shaped today was brought about in 2010 by the merger between The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, founded in 1927, and The Academy of Music, Aalborg, founded in 1930.
But if you dive into the annals of history, you will find that it is not so much a merger as a returning to the institution's original form. The Academy in Aalborg was founded as a northern department of the Academy in Aarhus three years later, and both were founded by Johan Nilsson and his wife Magda.
This means that after 80 years of separation the two institutions were reunited in 2010 to become two departments of the same Academy.
The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg is a state institution under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Culture, charged with responsibility for the further education courses in music, and for otherwise contributing to the promotion of musical culture in Denmark.
The programmes have been given the highest status, both nationally and internationally. This means that they measure up to the best comparable courses on offer abroad. We train students for careers as professional musicians, and, depending on the course taken, students graduate either as solo performers or as music teachers.
The emphasis of the teaching is on solo work with an instrument or the voice, but there is also ensemble playing and a number of supplementary subjects. For those studying to become music teachers, particular importance is attached to music pedagogy and communicative subjects. Our corps of teachers are active and committed, and we expect our students to exhibit the same qualities. We are flexible, but we attach importance to discipline and cooperation as important elements in the training of professional musicians and music teachers.
DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark