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Master’s Programme in Music

Programme Presentation

The performance programme in composition is intended for those who want to be composers with an orientation towards western contemporary art music. The studies aim to train students to become composers with a very high artistic and professional ability, and focuses on and deepens 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 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 musical language to where it is now. Studies are not theoretical, but deeply rooted in composing.

After completing the programme you will be prepared, using advanced knowledge and abilities, to work creatively in your own professional role in a working and cultural life that is constantly changing and developing.

The Master’s programme in Music, Composition Diploma, is a further exploration of musical language, particularly suitable for committed and talented composers who are about to decide to make composition their main activity.

Composition Project

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

The composition programme 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. The students gain the opportunity during their studies to build up an extensive network of contacts.

Connect Festival - Inter Arts Center - Composition Seminar

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

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

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

Registration and admission

Registration is made on Links to the admission usually open in early December. Deadline for application is usually in mid-January. After the passed and approved entrance examinations a qualification examination and then a possible admission will take place. Read more about the year's admission.

Admissions Exercises in Composition

Compostion Diploma (Master's level), Composition (Master's level), Composition (Master's level)



Rolf Martinsson
Rolf Martinsson
Professor in Music Theory with Arranging and Composition
rolf [dot] martinsson [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se