Composition

You are curious, like to create and experiment, have a feel for composition and are inspired by various styles. Codarts Composition can help you become a professional composer.

Over a four-year study you explore the music landscape of today while developing your own artistic and musical identity. Renowned teachers from the departments Jazz and Classical Music coach you in the creative process and teach you everything you need to know about techniques and traditions that are crucial for your development as a professional. No other Composition course in the field of education has this unique integration of jazz, classical and electronic music.

Codarts Composition provides a unique, challenging, and varied curriculum (click here) with the integration of disciplines at its core. For example, you will work in the electronic studio, combine musical and visual techniques in projects with the Willem de Kooning art academy, and you learn to write for theatre and video. All this in an inspiring, international setting.

Codarts Composition has three profiles:

  1. Acoustic composition (classical music).
  2. Jazz composition and arranging.
  3. Electronic composition.

Peter-Jan Wagemans (former coördinator): “There are only a few composition departments in the world that are so well-integrated as we are – classical music and jazz – and that also manage to combine this with education of an excellent quality. Graduating here means you are really competent! Our alumni can be found anywhere, all working on all kinds of projects.

Bachelor’s curriculum

In your chosen profile you take the following classes:

  • Individual classes (60 minutes each week) with your main subject teacher (all four years);
  • Basic instrumental knowledge and instrumentation (years 1 and 2);
  • General and specific music theoretical education (years 1 and 2);
  • Minors (years 3 and 4);
    You can fine-tune your profile by choosing from the varied offering of minors (optional subjects), including: conducting, home recording, new media, groove-related composition, and improvisation.
  • Practical workshops (16 x per year, all four years);
    These are weekly group lessons of two hours for all composition students. In these workshops we analyse each other’s work and zoom in on specific subjects related to the profession.
  • Codarts Composition concerts;
  • Analysis of new music for third- and fourth-year students. This is a one-year course of 1.5 hours per week;
  • Philosophy and art aesthetics. This is a two-year course of 1.5 hours per week;
  • Work field projects;
    Codarts Composition finds it very important for students to work together with performing artists in creating their compositions. Each year we offer a whole range of projects with professional ensembles in the work field. Some projects are organised by the students of Composition themselves.
  • Students with the profile Electronic Composition can take an additional minor jazz composition or acoustic composition.

Codarts Composition Master

The Master consists of four parts:

  1. Composition: main subject, 30 credits.
  2. Ensembles: 10 credits (being involved in performances of your own work or that of other students).
  3. Artistic research: 10 credits.
    It is important to have a close relationship between your Composition studies and your research. Both your main subject teacher and an appointed supervisor are involved in your research, which is practice-oriented.
  4. Free space: 10 credits (building your portfolio).
    Our school offers a wide range of optional subjects and minorsin collaboration with the Conservatoire of The Hague.

Peter-Jan Wagemans (former coordinator): “There are very few Composition departments in the world that provide such a high-quality education with a maximum integration of classical music, jazz, and electronic music. This is unique! Graduating here is a testimony to competence. Our alumni can be found in every niche in the work field.”