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MA Composition

Musical composition can, in its most basic form, sensitize us to the specific contexts through which sound is experienced. To accept Luigi Nono's challange that composition can reawaken one's senses in order to participate in something much larger than ourselves is the key challenge for contemporary musical composition.

At the Academy of Music and Drama, we accept such an orientation by focusing upon a student's artistic growth and conceptual thinking in conjunction with a student's experimentation with instrumental sound, notation and structural thinking. Ideally, composers at the Academy of Music and Drama develop as artistic forces in the local and global contexts of our society in order to create unique artistic expressions, and reflections of human values through their compositions and cross-border co-operations.

The Academy of Music and Drama is an open and creative meeting point with windows out to the world, which is why we emphasize interdisciplinary knowledge and collaborations with other programs such as opera, theater, film, literature, poetry, architecture and the visual arts. We also offer technical expertise in a variety of technologies with our Lindblad Studio.

The program aims to prepare for upcoming activities as a professional composer, but can also serve as a basis for further studies at the doctoral level. The basis of the instruction includes individual tuition, analysis seminars, aesthetics seminars and open score seminars in conjunction with the Improvisation Department.

Opportunites for composition students include various chamber ensembles formed with performance students at the Academy of Music and Drama, international renowned professional ensembles, Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the academy's chamber choir, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae String Orchestra and various outside projects that can include collaborations with the Gothenburg Opera, sound installations and various electronic music collaborations. Each year there is a Siren Festival where composition students have their works performed at the academy.

Basic courses
Literature and scientific method - Track seminars - Main subject - Thesis project.

Read the interview with Ming Tsao, former Professor of Composition at the Academy, about the essentials of the Programme and its philosophy.

Contact Information

Martina Almgren

Programme Supervisor,

+46 31-786 64 40

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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