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BA Composition

This programme is for those interested in working with composition in an exploratory and experimental fashion. Your individual development as a composer is the focus, while instruction and supervision often occur in group seminars. In these seminars, you can test your ideas and receive feedback and inspiration in dialogue with teachers and peers. Together we discuss ongoing student work and strive to understand the role of music in a broader context. The programme emphasises a critical approach aimed at combining theory and musical craft with conceptual perspectives. Meeting an audience is another important aspect, and includes the Siren Festival, which is organised annually by the students in the composition programme. You are given excellent opportunities for collaborating with other students at the Academy of Music and Drama, for example in the Ensemble for New Music, and with a number of different professional ensembles. The Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Göteborg Wind Orchestra, Mimitabu, Musica Vitae, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Peter Veale Ensemble and Gageego! are some ensembles that have performed student compositions in recent years.

The programme is taught in Swedish. 

Video: Klara Andersson, alumni from the composition programme, performing her work Brandtal during the Sirenfestivalen 2016.

Contents of the programme 

Main subject (90 hec)

Develop your artistic practice and personal profile in direct connection with actual projects in the form of collaborations with other programmes and with professional ensembles. The course includes composition tutorials, seminars, electronic music, sound art, projects and contemporary composition techniques. Starting the fourth semester, the course gives room for work centered around your personal profile.

Musical theory (30 hec)

Spanning four semesters, this subject is split in three corresponding parts: Melodic motion, Ear training and Instrumentation.

Artistic Theory and Practice (30 hec)

Contains both reflective and practical parts, such as aesthetics seminar, music history, methodology and music engineering tools.

Independent Project (15 hec)

During the two final semesters in your education, you carry out your independent work (degree project). Here you will learn about artistic methods and processes, formulation of issues, critical approaches, and the basic features of artistic and practice-based research.

A Course of Your Choice (15 hec)


Degree of Bachelor of Music with specialization in Composition, 180 higher education credits.

Professors and teachers

Malin Bång - composition
Ole Lützow-Holm - composition
Joel Eriksson - musical theory, instrumental composition
Per Anders Nilsson - electronic music
Palle Dahlstedt - electronic music
Staffan Mossenmark – sound art, performance
Dan Olsson - music history

SoundCloud account of students and alumni from the composition programmes

Composers from HSM om SoundCloud

Contact Information

Martina Almgren

Programme Supervisor,

+46 31-786 64 40

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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