Master of Music in Composition

In the Master's Degree Programme students further develop their talents and skills toward a personal artistic profile. They learn how to find their place in the professional field of contemporary music. During the programme they work on an artistic production which should convince the professional music world of their potential and personal artistic views. 

During their master's research they address questions which are relevant to the composition practice. They present their findings at the annual Research Symposium.

A broad range of electives help the students to explore fields which do not belong to the core subjects of the composition study, but which they may later, duting their careers, want to engage in. There are a number of sepcial electives for composers, such as 'Music Theatre and Stage Performance', 'Advanced Rhythm', 'Electronic Music' and 'Intercultural Music - 'The Other' as Inspiration'. 

Additionally, students may receive training in ensemble conducting

Students complete the composition study with a performance of their works at the Composers Festival Amsterdam and an oral exam. Therefore the student must write a report, compile a portfolio and hand in a thesis.

The final examination will be evaluated by a committee comprising a representative of the Board of Directors, principal study teachers and a committee member from outside the school.

Candidates 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.