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 bachelor's degree study will be concluded with performances of the student's compositions at the Composers' Festival Amsterdam and an oral exam.