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NMD Education

Engaging with children and young people
Rosenkilde workshop

For several years, Nordic Music Days has had a focus on involving children and young people in the process of creating contemporary art music.

Before and during the festival in the Faroe Islands, professional artists from the North will do workshops on sound and music with local children, young people, and their teachers in public schools, the college Glasir, and the Music School of Tórshavn.

School projects

Composer, Ask Kæreby, will do a workshop with pupils from two 4th grade classes in Hoyvíkar Skúli, collecting field recordings from Hoyvík and creating a soundwalk in Hoyvik. The soundwalk will be launched on September 1st.  and can be tried out 24/7 – just bring your smartphone. On September 4th at 1 and 2 PM in the Nordic House Ask Kæreby will do a life performance based on the recordings.

A Faroese School Harmony
Ragnhild May will do a recorder workshop with 1-4 grade students from Klaksvík, using their ideas and local music culture for an on-site recorder composition. Pass by the Nordic House at 5 PM on September 1st to see the result.

Animated films workshop
As part of the Nordic project FLY – Film Literacy Years – a film workshop will take place at Runavíkar Kommunuskúli on August 31st.  The workshop is run by Sia Søndergaard, The Animation Workshop, Via University College, Steen Rasmussen, film director and Martin Spenner, The starting point is the crossover performance Cirkelfærd and the animated film New People , which focuses on the interaction between sound and images. Inspired by this, the students will their own animated films.

Projects with the Music School

Summerdream, Fall asleep
“Summer Dream, Fall Asleep” is a theatrical fantasy created by Lasse D. Hansen, Mathias Madsen Munch, Rakel Helmsdal and Anna Schulin-Zeuthen. In the writing and developmental stages, the creators worked with young musicians from the Music School in Tórshavn at a workshop during the fall of 2020. The performance will be premiered on September 2nd at the music school of Tórshavn at 5 PM.

Together with Children from Margarinfabrikkin, composer Anna Rosenkilde and visual artist Barður Christensen have created three works of sound art and painting with roots in three significant places in Tórshavn chosen by the children. The result will be presented on August 31st at 19.00  and 20.00 at
Ostahúsið and displayed during the festival at TBA


Together with Nordic artists, Hans Sydow, Resterne af Rigsfællesskabet, Heidi Zimer, Roza Moshtaghi, Kristofer Svensson, Marcus Wrangö, Vanessa Massera, Kaisa Antonsson, Hanne Tofte Jespersen and Curious Pilgrims and Gudmundur Steinn Gunnasson, students from the college Glasìr will work with the themes of the festival in many different ways during the festival week. The fruits of this collaboration will be presented at an open house event at Glasir on September 3rd between 2 and 5 PM. Info about the detailed Open House programme will be launched soon.

Podcast workshop

Young reporters have created podcasts diving into three works presented at NMD and the artists behind. Journalist and podcaster, Rikke Mia Skovdal, has given advice to the young reporters during the process and you can listen to the three stories (in Faroese) here


Nordic Composers´ Seminar

What does creative progression look like, and how do you facilitate it as a composer?

Nordic Music Days will also host a Composition Pedagogy Seminar during the festival. The seminar has a focus on the pedagogical methods and tools to use in longer lasting teacher-student(s) relationships. How do you acknowledge creative progression in a group or a single student, and how do you facilitate it? 

At the seminar, composers with very different and broad-based experience in teaching, will present their methods by example. Daniel Fladmose (DK), Sanna Ahvenjärvi and Markku Klami (FI), Lil Lacy (DK), Bente Leiknes (NO) a.o. will share their thoughts on analysis and composition, improvisation and composition, pedagogy and composition and experiences with music composition in the curriculum. We will also have a number of music school teachers from the Music School of Tórshavn joining the seminar. 

Download the seminar programme (pdf)

Time and place

Date: Friday 3 September 2021

Time: 9:00 – 15:45

Place: Starvsfelagið, Room: Smæran
J. H. Shrøtersgøta 7, 100 Torshavn

Participation: The Seminar is free of charge.

Tickets and registration

You can register for the composition pedagogy seminar via email

We have a limited number of seats, so book in advance.