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The Master’s programme in Music, Composition, is meant for students who want to become a composer with an orientation towards Western contemporary art music. The programme is designed to develop future composers with a high artistic and professional ability, and focuses on aesthetic discussions, your personal style in music, your development as well as your profile and independent position as a composer.

The main goal is to provide the students with incisive tools for the comprehensive analysis of the complex sound reality around us and to create a set of skills that might, in the wider sense, elaborate personal artistic solutions. No pre-set aesthetics are imposed. Instead, the emphasis is on good knowledge of the important historical steps that have led the musical language to where it is now. Studies are not theoretical, but deeply rooted in composing.

After completing the programme you shall be prepared to work creatively and professionally in the ever-changing cultural life that surrounds us. 


Bent Sørensen, Professor in Composition
Rolf Martinsson, Professor in Music Theory, Arranging and Composition
Staffan Storm, Professor in Music Theory and Composition
Björn-Tryggve Johansson, Lecturer in Music Theory

General requirements for university studies in Sweden as well as a Bachelor in Music 180 credits or equivalent and successful entrance tests to the Master’s Programme in Music. Exceptions can be made from the basic eligibility requirement of proficiency in Swedish for international students.

One of the most indispensable and unique features of the Malmö Academy of Music is the capacity to deliver many performance opportunities every year. This is the basis for the efficient development of a composer’s concrete relationship with music itself.

The Master’s programme in Music, Composition Diploma, collaborates with leading orchestras, ensembles and musicians, such as the Malmö, Norrköping, Gävle and Helsingborg symphony orchestras, the Swedish Wind Ensemble, Jönköping Sinfonietta and Musica Vitae. Therefore, the students have the opportunity during their studies to build up an extensive network of contacts.

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

Learn more about Connect Festival

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

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.


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