The Nordic Master in Folk Music (NoFo) is a joint study programme offered in collaboration between higher education music academies in four countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. The programme leads to a Master degree according to each institution’s regulations and national legislation. This means that each institution has its own curriculum for their NoFo students.

The programme prepares the students for a career as international professionals, and contains a high level of mobility and interaction. It will add a broader Nordic dimension to the students’ previous folk music education, providing them with an innovative education that combines the best features of each institution. The students will gain extraordinary insights into the Nordic folk music traditions. The focus of the studies is on developing each student’s individual artistry.

The curriculum includes: Instrumental studies, Ensemble playing, Composition/arranging, Folk music analysis, Folk music seminar, Music management, Artistic research and Master Degree Project . In addition, optional courses can be chosen from each organization’s curriculum, including subjects such as secondary instrumental studies, dancing, instrument making and improvisation.

ECTS value of the programme

120 (in Finland 150).


2 academic years (in Finland 2,5).

Structure of studies

  • Semester 1: Royal College of Music, Stockholm
  • Semester 2: Danish National Academy of Music, Esbjerg, Denmark
  • Semester 3: Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
  • Semester 4: An intensive period (4 to 6 weeks) at Ole Bull Academy, Voss. After that, students return to their home academies to finish their degrees.
  • Semester 5: for Finnish students, at their home academy