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The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus was founded by Johan Nilsson in 1927. None of the teachers was employed on a permanent basis. Nilsson’s chief occupation was that of court musician, singing teacher Thøger Rasmussen was a schoolteacher and concert singer, and organ teaching was provided by the organists from the cathedral and other
churches around Aarhus. It was only when the Aarhus City Orchestra was formed in 1930 that the academy was able to offer teaching in wind instruments, as it then became possible to recruit teachers there.

On 13th March 1944 The Royal Academy of Music became an independent institution. In 1955 the academy was awarded its first Government grant, so the former student payment was considerably reduced. The activities could be expanded, and so the academy’s list of subjects and degrees offered was continuously developed and expanded up to the start of the 1960s.

1954 saw the introduction of a degree in choral conducting, and courses were given in orchestral conducting, with master classes also available. Instruction was provided in those instruments and subjects that enabled competent performance of classical (including church) music.

1963 saw the beginning of a new era at the academy. Whilst the heritage of classic musical continued to play a leading role at the academy, modern music greatly increased in its importance. This was seen in 1968 when The Royal Academy of Music for the first time hosted the 23rd Young Nordic Music Festival, and the organizers selected a programme comprised of only modern music.