The world famous marimbaplayer Gordon Stout wrote this about our festival Nordic Percussion Festival: I strongly recommend that as a student, you consider attending and participating in this festival. Henrik Knarborg Larsen is excellent as a teacher and musician, and has a lot of great things happening in Aarhus!!

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Dave Hall: Entrophy Variations

Symphonic Hall 2017  - European premiere

Percussion at Royal Academy of Music Aarhus


5 modern equipped percussion rooms open 24/7 in

the largest concert house in the North European countries

Studies aim to combine Classical Studies with Jazz, Improvised music and Electronic music through electives crossing genres 

Join one of the most ambitious and creative percussion classes.

We will friendly welcome you here to be part of our class/family!

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Deadline for application:

Bachelor/Master: 1st of December

Soloist Diploma: 1st of February

Non-EU students and exchange students: 1st of April


We offer an excellent education of the highest standards as classical percussion player with emphasis on well rooted basics and possibilities for each student to follow his/her path in the many possible ways a modern percussionist can develop.


You will take part of an education that takes an active conversation with the different traditions and at the same time develops your creative mind.

The head of the percussion department - Henrik Knarborg Larsen - is working with research projects to further develop our  teaching through the didactics of for example martial arts and brain research and is a sought after teacher at international masterclasses.

2 joint lessons each week including 3 other percussion teachers

solo lesson program

masterclasses with international teachers and special projects with composers

RAMA percussion ensemble

projects of the orchestra school at the academy

collaborations projects with 7 different professional orchestras and ensembles 

intensive entrepreneural skills in projects development focussing on the students means

Nordic Percussion Festival - including collaborations with composers


Mock-auditions each year for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra projects

Bachelor, Master and Soloist Diploma programs, and a great place to for study exchange students. 


Master programs: Orchestral Music - Contemporaty Music - Percussion and conducting. Through electives the studies can be further specialized


Soloist Diploma with special focus: General - Marimba/Mallets - Theatrical Percussion.

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