Bachelor's Degree in Composition

In the Bachelor's Degree Programme students develop their composition skills. They get one private composition lesson a week from one or more teachers. Additionally, there are lessons in various subsidiary subjects, such as:

  • counterpoint
  • harmony analysis (of new music)
  • ear training
  • general music theory
  • music history
  • music aesthetics
  • electronic music
  • notation
  • instrumentation
  • organology
  • music philosophy
  • ensemble conducting

From the third year onwards students may choose from a broad spectrum of electives, such as: 

  • live electronics
  • film music
  • advanced rhythm

In the third and fourth year students may collaborate with students from other AHK faculties. Additionally, the Composition Department offers a pedagogical study programme for students who want to become teachers of composition themselves.

The final exam includes a performance of the student's work at the Composers' Festival Amsterdam and an oral exam.

Students are required to submit, before February 1st, the following material:

1. motivation letter (pdf)

2. a digital portfolio, one zip file via wetransfer (or something similar, max 50 Mb) with three to five works (one folder for each work):
• audio, compressed (mp3)
• description of the works (pdf)
• score (optional, pdf)
• video, compressed (optional, mov, mp4)
• additional info (optional, photos, patches, code, etc.)

3. links
Links to for instance high resolution movies or soundfiles can be put in the form.