Composition of Classical Music

The MMus (Composition of Classical Music) degree at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 2-year study programme (120 ECTS credits) course in which students acquire specialized knowledge, skills, and qualifications to become musicians at the highest level and entrepreneurial driving forces in music life. The degree programme may provide the background for further studies as a soloist or for a Ph.D. degree.

The Course Structure

The course structure has a constant focus on the subject of composition. The main area of study also includes the option for specialization depending on the individual student’s profile in areas such as instrumentation, performance or other relevant support subjects.

The entrepreneurial skills course, concluded after the third semester, provides students with the relevant tools to show their artistic qualities through self-management and entrepreneurial skills.

The MMus (Composition of Classical Music) degree course concludes with a student-defined project, based on their interests and needs, which also serves as part of their specialization in composition of classical music.

The Course Subjects

The course subjects are divided into the following fields:

  • Main study area: Subjects where students are practising musicians plus subjects that support this aspect
  • Entrepreneurial studies: Subjects and projects where students acquire skills and qualifications as entrepreneurs and leaders of dynamic processes, and acquire tools to further their careers
  • Masters project: In addition to guidance on their project, students are prepared through project-related studies

The elements in the course are credited with ECTS points based on an assessment of the workload in the subjects.
See the ECTS-overview here.

Page last updated 2nd of February 2015

Whatch the video about Piano Concerto by lecturer Simon Steen-Andersen. The concert got a prize at Donaueschinger Musiktage 2014.