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"What do you think is the Music Academy's greatest strength(s)?" We have asked this question to about thirty different actors from the environment around NMH in recent weeks when we have had meetings to get input for the new strategy. The answers are many and varied, and we have asked more questions. But some things are recurring.


Most clearly, the Music Academy stands for high quality. Almost everyone says that, whether they come from the music therapy field or the orchestras, industry organisations, festivals, schools, or higher arts education.

So we're incredibly good at NMH, according to our surroundings, and we're also the biggest in the class. A wide range of competence, opportunities, and genres are found under the same roof at Majorstua. It's of considerable value, primarily when we conduct good and creative exchanges between subject areas.

Being the biggest also gives us a great responsibility.

Morten and Astrid

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The Music Academy sets the tone for the entire music life. It lays the premises for everything from the music lines in high schools to repertoire choices and profiles on various arenas in concert life to the use of music as a health resource.

Therefore, it's also good that NMH gathers us for conversations, said several. There was also a shared experience that we live in a time when we must stand together to convey the value of what we do. We must know and tell why music, art, and culture are essential when "everyone" talks about how the country needs more teachers, more healthcare personnel, and, most importantly, green technology and enough resources for defence.

What can we then improve in the time to come, and what should we primarily preserve? There are many opinions about that.

Astrid and Morten

Orchestra Musicians

On the one hand, we need orchestra musicians in the country's big cities in the years to come. We must educate such good instrumentalists so that they get jobs in competition with applicants worldwide. We must generally manage the classical tradition and the value of practising and work well with musical craftsmanship - in all genres.

More Diversity

At the same time, we recruit from a generation of youth that is much more diverse than we manage to capture. That challenges. Some perceive NMH as a white, elitist institution in West Oslo instead of a vibrant university that captures talents from several music cultures and environments.

Can we meet both these challenges and more as one institution in the next ten years?

Astrid and Morten

How can we simultaneously be a "dream partner" for others working in the music life and art field, schools, health sectors, and churches?

Is there something like a joint NMH identity?

We have talked to others about this, and we look forward to talking more with you about it. Thinking together about a strategy is thinking together for NMH's future. It is essential - and exciting!

Best regards and Happy Easter

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