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Musical Performance - Composition 1 22.5 credits

Musikalisk gestaltning - Komposition 1
Second cycle, H7015G
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Musical Performance
Subject group (SCB)
Operatic Stagecraft and Characterization
Main field of study
Musical Performance

Entry requirements

A passing grade on the entrance test for the Master Programme in Music Performance with a specialization in composition, a Bachelor´s degree in composition, or demonstration of corresponding competence. Alternatively: Corresponding knowledge is demonstrated in step 1 through submission of work samples, and step 2 possible supplemental theory tests that the admission´s jury convenes.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The Master’s programme in music performance focuses on four interacting perspectives, all of which aim to put one’s own music performance in a context:

  • Interpretation
  • Analysis
  • Tradition/Innovation
  • The public interaction

After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:
  • an ability as a composer to be able to work in different interdisciplinary interactions that challenge his or her own and others’ creativity.
  • that he/she has developed his/her own artistic integrity through critical examination of music as a form of expression, its traditions and values.


Semester 1: The student will get to work with free composition, exercises concerning form, time, tone, harmonic, rhythmic and dynamic development.

The course will also contain analyses of contemporary and classical composition techniques, artistic and conceptual starting points. In addition, the student will deepen his or her learning by leading analysis seminars, workshops, etc. him- or herself. With regard to the artistic work, this will be similar to the professional composer’s work to the furthest possible extent with regard to cooperation with musicians, ensembles, choirs, film-makers, choreographers, etc.

Interpretation focuses on performance practice.

Analysis, where various musical works are analysed based on a thematic, form, harmonic, music history, instrumentation and composition technique perspective.

In Tradition/Innovation, older musical works are put in a historical context and contemporary compositions are put in a contemporary context.

The public interaction comprises stage preparation, communication and media production.


In consultation with the supervisor, the student sets up the content of the studies with regard to specialisation and projects. Supervision is provided individually and in groups. In order to provide inspiration and stimulation, the studies are also comprised of seminars and lectures.

The four interacting perspectives are largely addressed in joint seminars for all students in the fine arts Master’s programme.


Every teaching session constitutes an examining presentation of assigned tasks.

The examination of the course takes place in a level test (final presentation).

The course comprises one interim presentation and one final exam:

Interim presentation 1 = 7.5 credits
Final presentation = 15 credits

Both of the components are examined in connection with the fourth Master’s week of the autumn semester or during the exam week at the end of study period 2 or the first Master’s week of the spring semester.

The tasks presented in the respective presentation and time frame are determined by the teacher and student together based on his/her individual planning.

For the grade of Pass (Godkänd), it is expected that the student has carried out and presented the assigned tasks, all in such a way that the intended course learning outcomes can be considered to be fulfilled.

For the grade of Pass with credit (Väl godkänd), it is expected that the student has fulfilled all requirements for the grade of Pass, and in addition, demonstrated a skill and originality in the musical/artistic performance from a composer perspective that exceeds what is required for the grade of Pass.

Jan Sandström

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Study resources and course literature are specified by the instructing teacher and comprised of composition literature from the earliest repertoire to music by contemporary composers. The students are expected to acquire suitable editions in consultation with the instructing teacher.

Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Partial evaluation 1U G VG *7.50MandatoryA14
0002Final evaluationU G VG *15.00MandatoryA14

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Monica Johansson, Head of Department at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 15 Feb 2019