Postal address: Kungl. Musikhögskolan,
Box 27711, SE-115 91 Stockholm, Sweden Visiting address: Valhallavägen 105 Fax: +46 (0)8 664 14 24
Falk at the International Office, phone:
+46 (0)8 16 18 41
Founded way back in 1771 the Royal College of Music is one
of the oldest music colleges in the world. It offers unique opportunities
for combining a wealth of tradition with open-minded creativity of the
highest international standard. Students in the six departments are given
the opportunity to deepen and develop their playing or singing, their
musical genres or their educational specialities. KMH has been involved
in various international joint projects.
South Asia related activities at KMH:
An exchange programme was started in 2002 between KMH and
the Bangalore Music of School, India, and
Coimbatore Music school, Tamil Nadu, India.
The programme aims at supporting the (updated) teaching of Western as
well as Indian music, and experimenting with different kinds of fusion
was first initiated by Mark Lomnäs at
KMH, who originally hails from Coimbatore, after being presented to Darryl
Atkinson, music teacher at IC Convent.
and Cecilia Öhrwall
(photo to the right), also teacher at KMH, spent six months
in Bangalore during the Spring 2003 as part of the programme, and in
May 2003 a group of six teachers from Bangalore and Coimbatore visited
KMH in Stockholm in order to study the Swedish organisation of music
schools. When an official Swedish delegation (led by the Swedish Minister
Leif Pagrotsky) visited India in April 2003 a ”Sweden in Bangalore
festival” was launched at the Leela Palace in Bangalore,
where musical entertainment in the form of Swedish Chamber Music from
the 18th century was performed by the Bangalore School of Music
in cooperation with the Stockholm Royal College of Music.
The programme developed into a three-years project,
that in January 2004 was awarded SEK 10,9 Million from Sida, the Swedish
Development Cooperation Agency. In the motivation it is stated that a
deepened knowledge in Western music pedagogics and methodology leads
to better self-confidence, to democratic values, and equality withing
music education. The teaching of music in the Indian classical tradition
is said to be available mostly for people from privileged classes. More
information on the exchange project (in Swedish only).
The main partner on the Indian side has been Ms. Aruna
Principal of Bangalore School of Music. In May 2003 she visited Sweden,
and along with Mark Lomnäs she participated
in a lecture meeting arranged by Svensk-Indiska Föreningen
in Stockholm. Read
a summary of the meeting.
The project was phased out during 2006.
totally different India related initiative consists of a collaboration
that the Dept. of
Folk Music at KMH has with the two renowned
Indian musicians K Shivakumar (violin) and
V Shyamsundar (mridangam).
In the Fall 2006 they were invited to teach at at KMH, and also participated
in the Days of Pedagogy (KMHs pedagogdagar 2006) from 30 October
to 1 November. Workshops
were arranged where they were able to share their Indian experiences
on how to inspire and motivate young people. They have a long relation
to Sweden, having worked together with the Swedish folk musicians
Mats Edén and Ellika Frisell. In October 2002 they also toured
Sweden with a programme called ”When North India meets South India”,
giving performances in several places, among them
Stockholm, Västerås, Malmö (photo
to the right), Göteborg
and the Swedish West coast.