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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)

Developing the artistic depth of the students is a main part of the education and the tutoring involves individual supervision as well as different compositional seminars. Your bachelor exam thesis is also included in the main subject.

Musical theory and practise (60 hec)

This includes for example the courses Science of sound, Notations, Sonic grammar and design, Interdisciplinary models, Musical time and narrative, Compositional processes, Modes of listening, Sonic analysis and synthesis, Art and society.

Personal profile (30 hec)

The possibility of deepening or broadening in different subject areas is given in Project Courses, Elective Courses and Open Scores.


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
Dan Olsson - music history
Esaias Järnegard - thesis project

SoundCloud account of students and alumni from the composition programmes

Contact Information

Martina Almgren

Programme Supervisor,

+46 31-786 64 40

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-11-13