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Arranging/Composition, Jazz Specialisation


If you want to develop your knowledge in jazz composition and arrangement, this Bachelor's programme is for you. 

The Bachelor's programme in Arranging/Composition, Jazz Specialisation, aims to provide you with the craft knowledge required to realise your artistic visions. After completing the programme, you should have the skills, creativity and drive required to make your music a part of the jazz scene.

The Bachelor's programme gives you a solid foundation in craftsmanship in areas such as composition, form, harmonisation, chord making and polyphony. You will study electroacoustic music, a basic course in recording technology, and you will have access to the Malmö Academy of Music's studios. In addition to the programme's main focus on jazz, you will also gain good knowledge of classical techniques such as orchestration and counterpoint.

Teaching is given in arranging/composition, electro-acoustic music, instrumentation, ear training/analysis, counterpoint, piano, history of music, ensemble with conducting and music profession in the form of individual lessons, group lessons and seminars. Projects and degree project are included.

Claus Sörensen, teacher in Big Band, Saxophone and Arrangement/Composition
Staffan Storm, professor of Music Theory and Composition
Daniel Hjorth, university lecturer in Music Theory
Björn-Tryggve Johansson, university lecturer in Music Theory
Magnus Lindén, university lecturer in Piano/Ear training 
Samuli Örnströmer, teacher in Conducting

General requirements for university studies in Sweden as well as successful entrance tests to the Bachelor’s Programme in Music, Arranging/Composition, Jazz Specialisation. The applicant must also be able to speak, write and read Swedish.

Every year the students collaborates with various professional ensembles and musicians. Some examples of previous collaborations are the Monday Night Big Band, Norrbotten Big Band and Danish Radio Big Band. The students also creates collaborative projects at the Malmö Academy of Music together with students from the jazz performance programme. The students take part in projects during their entire education. 

Connect Festival is a contemporary music festival organised by the students.

Read more about Connect Festival

The Composition Seminar is a forum for aesthetic discussions, analysis, reflection and meetings with visiting professors, composers and musicians within the field of contemporary art music.

The Composition Studio is the platform for the students' own creation of electro-acoustic music, live electronics and experimental studio work.

Every year the Royal Swedish Academy of Music (RSAM) awards national and local scholarships. 

Read more about RSAM’s scholarships

Read more about the scholarships at Malmö Academy of Music

Every year the students are offered the possibility to apply for international exchange studies through the well-developed internationalisation programme at Malmö Academy of Music that gives the opportunity to experience new exciting study environments, new teachers and a new cultural life with the possibility to create new connections. 

Read more about international exchange studies

Inter Arts Centre is our platform for electro-acoustic music and a meeting place for collaborations with other art forms such as theatre and the visual arts.

Read more about Inter Arts Center

At the conclusion of the programme, students complete a degree project including one performance part and one creative research part with written reflections. The degree project for an arranging/composition student is often based on an arrangement/composition project but could also be based on an exam concert if a student prefers to plan also for that apart from the composition project. On completion of the programme, a Degree of Bachelor in Music, Arranging/Composition, Jazz Specialisation, is awarded.


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