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Composition

Taller de Músics offers the Higher Degree in Music, of 240 ECTS credits, in the speciality of Composition. The Higher Degree in Music has the same validity for all purposes as a degree issued by a university.

  • ACADEMIC PERIOD | September to June
  • ACCESS TESTS | Inscription in May and September
  • ENROLMENT | July and September
  • MODALITY | Presential
  • DURATION | 4 years
  • TITLE | Bachelor's degree

Título Superior: Composición

OBJECTIVES

The specialisation of Composition is aimed at training students in the technique and craft of musical writing. Without forgetting the importance of the knowledge of tradition, it is based on a particularly transversal vision of creative act, providing the student with tools in an environment open to the development of multiple sensibilities, concerns and aesthetics. The diversity of languages that coexist in the centre is reflected in the syllabus of this bachelor’s degree, which places special emphasis on the knowledge of jazz harmony, flamenco rhythm, arrangements for Big Band, etc. Our students regularly work with ensembles such as CrossingLines, Barcelona Clarinet Players or the Gerhard Quartet, as well as with institutions such as CONSMUPA (Oviedo) or Musikene (San Sebastián).

Our teaching staff is made up of renowned and active composers. Under a personalised tutorship, students will be able to create their own itinerary according to their own creative criteria:

  • modern music (for jazz big band or different instrumental ensembles)
  • classical and contemporary music (symphonic orchestra, chamber music)
  • as well as music creation in support of the performing arts, plastic arts, audiovisuals, etc.

In order to make these musical projects reality, the Taller de Músics has agreements with orchestras and other instrumental formations. On the other hand, our Management & Productions department offers an ideal framework for the professional development of students of the Composition specialisation.

STUDENT PROFILE

Access to higher artistic education requires the fulfilment of certain academic preconditions of which passing a specific access test that should, taking the the subsequent management of the admission procedure into consideration, be completed enough time ahead prior to the start of the academic year. The specific access test allows to asses the students’ attainment levels of the abilities and competences necessary to be admitted to higher education.

Specialisation of Composition

The profile of the student who accesses studies in the specialisation of Composition is that of a student who knows styles, historical periods and representative formations. The student must be able to recognise habitual forms, both auditively and through a score, and to place himself rhythmically and harmonically. They must know how to use musical notation to write and read. They must also show a basic knowledge of instrumentation, counterpoint, and choral music. and show a predisposition to relate knowledge, skills, and abilities to build music. They must also be able to develop their own work strategies in order to overcome academic or practical challenges and to able to express artistic opinions and appraisals in a respectful and coherent manner.

SYLLABUS

The syllabus of the Bachelor of Music consists of 4 academic courses of 60 ECTS credits each, distributed across subjects of different categories:

  • Basic training subjects: These are subjects of culture, thought, history, language and techniques of music.
  • Compulsory specialisation subjects: They are subjects of instrument or voice, complementary instrumental training, ensemble music, improvisation, composition, pedagogy,  production and management.
  • Optional subjects: They complement the training with a range of different subjects.
  • Final project.

The assignment of credits for each subject includes the hours corresponding to the lective classes, hours of study, the realisation of works, practices, projects and the preparation of examinations and evaluation tests.

Download Study Plan Composition

FINAL PROJECT

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Music, it is necessary to prepare and publicly defend a final work, which is a direct outcome of what has been learned. This is the writing of a project with a set of explanations, theories, ideas or reasoning on a specific subject that should even more be put into practice in the form of a concert or performance key.

The student must demonstrate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge and know how to communicate conclusions, knowledge and theories on which it is based. The TFT must communicate the results or conclusions reached in the study of subject in an organised, formal, clear and precise way, as well as the methodology used, the process followed, the documents consulted etc. In short, it is a question of transmitting that is most important.

Professional profile

The graduate in Composition must be a highly qualified professional for musical creation, with mastery of a wide range of musical languages and their technical, theoretical, practical, historical and aesthetic aspects. The graduate must have knowledge of technological possibilities as a tool of creation and specific support for their work. They must also know how to creatively locate themselves in different contexts, including scenic projects and multidisciplinary artistic contexts, audiovisuals or those inherent to new technologies, always with a well-defined artistic personality being receptive to evolution.

Likewise, they must be trained in the exercise of musical analysis with a broad aesthetic spectrum, and must have critical thought about the creative fact along with the capacity to transmit it orally and rigorously in writing. Finally, they must have a solid humanistic and methodological background in order to be able to carry out musical research and experimentation tasks.

ACCESS TO STUDIES

To gain admission to Higher Music Education at Taller de Músics you must make an entrance test, in accordance with the provisions of resolution ENS/503/2017, of March 8th, which establishes the basis of the specific entrance test for higher artistic education.

The objective of the tests is to evaluate the aptitudes of potential candidates and to determine whether or not they are equipped to study for a Bachelor of Music in their chosen speciality. Furthermore, in the event of having more candidates than places, the tests serve to identify those candidates who most merit their place on the course.

Candidates may apply for a maximum of two study modes.

The areas and study modes for which entrance tests have been convened are the following:

  • Jazz and Modern Music performance. Study modes for electric bass, double bass, drums, horn, voice, saxophone, electric guitar, percussion, piano, keyboard, trombone, trumpet, flute, diatonic accordion, violin and cello.
  • Traditional Music performance. Flamenco pathway. Study modes for voice and guitar.
  • Composition
  • Music pedagogy. Study modes for voice and other instruments.
  • Music Management & Production

Once the initial call for application is finalised and matriculation is completed in the Bachelor of Music, if there are still unfilled places, there shall be a second round of specific tests in September.

View requeriments, calendar, sample tests…

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

From 19th of September 2019 to 31st of January 2020

Exams

  • Tests: From 20th to 24th of January
  • Combo and instrument auditions: From 27th of January to 31st of January
  • Grades to be submitted by teaching staff: 3rd of February
  • Publication of grades: 4th of February
  • Grade appeals: 5th and 6th of February
  • Appeal decisions: 7th of February

Public holidays

  • 5th of December (chosen by the centre)
  • 11th and 24th of September, 12th of October, 1st of November, 6th of December
  • Christmas Holidays: from 23th of December to 6th January inclusive

➔ ATTENTION: We open two Sundays before the exams so our students can come to study. 

  • January 19, 2020: ESEM open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • January 26, 2020: ESEM open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

From 10th of February to 12th of June 2019

Exams

  • Tests: From 2nd to 5th of June
  • Combo and instrument auditions: From 8th to 12th of June
  • Grades to be submitted by teaching staff: 15th of June
  • Publication of grades: 16th of June
  • Grade appeals: 17th and 18th of June
  • Appeal decisions: 19th of June

Public holidays

  • 14th, 15th and 16th of April (chosen by the centre)
  • 1st of May and 1st of June
  • Easter Week holiday: from 6th to 13th of April inclusive

➔ ATTENTION: We open two Sundays before the exams so our students can come to study. 

  • May 31, 2020: ESEM open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • June 7, 2020: ESEM open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Download the Academic Calendar

TUTORIAL ACTION PLAN

The Tutorial Action Plan aims to accompany students in their process of academic and personal development from the moment they enter the Centre, promoting knowledge, analysis and reflection regarding the options so that they can make decisions that are most appropriate to their academic and professional careers, meanwhile understanding orientation as a system of social interaction, governed by rules, values, attitudes, expectations etc.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING

We encourage you to visit the web links of the entities listed below. All of them offer grants or scholarships for training, production and other aspects related to music. We are at your disposal in case you need more information or help with filling in the corresponding forms.

Scholarships

  • Scholarships Fundación SGAE
  • Taller de Músics Scholarships
  • Anna Riera Foundation Scholarships
  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport
  • AIE (Artists, Interpreters or Performers – Management Society)
  • La Caixa Foundation

Financing

  • La Caixa offers credit lines for enrolment and related expenses of any type of study.
  • If you would like to apply for a credit to study at the Taller de Músics, go to the Ronda de Sant Antoni 1-3, 08001 office in Barcelona (office 806).

CREDIT RECOGNITIONS

The Taller de Músics bachelor’s degree, according to Royal Decree 631/2010 of 14 May, which regulates the content of higher artistic education established in Organic Law 2/2006, of 3 May on Education, and which is in accordance with the objectives and precepts developed in Resolution ENS 2869/2011 on the recognition and transfer of credits, validation of learning, the individualised recognition of credits and other specific procedures in the field of higher education, develops the elaboration of specific regulations for the transfer and recognition of credits with the goal of mobilising students, which however does not imply any type of impediment for the accumulation of credits within the European framework of higher education.

The transfer of credits will include and only take into account the official supporting documents provided by the student. The recognition of credits implies the acceptance by Taller de Músics of those credits that have been taken and passed in the framework of another official degree, both in Taller de Músics and other universities. These credits are considered passed by recognition in the final file for the purpose of obtaining an official degree, with the full academic value of the original grades. The regulations determine the system, the procedure and the criteria that is to be followed within the current legality and provisions of the Bologna Declaration in the process of credit transfer and recognition. The credits recognised according to the above-mentioned resolution are divided into:

  • Credits obtained, in official education within the EHEA, in higher art education centres, in other EHEA centres. It is not possible to recognise work credits at the end of a course or at the end of a master’s degree.
  • Credits for participation in cultural, sports, student representation, solidarity and cooperation activities, up to a maximum of 6 credits.

The specific criteria for recognition and transfer of credits are elaborated in the same resolution:

  • It is necessary to consider the adequacy between the competences and contents of the subjects already studied and those foreseen in the study plan that is being studied by the applicant student. Only subjects with a 75% match will be recognised.
  • In file transfers, all credits obtained are recognised.
  • When the student accesses a new specialisation of the same higher degree, all credits obtained in the common subjects of the different specialities are recognised.

Credit validation allows credits to be surpassed by other means, such as artistic or professional experiences, or by studies not included in the system of recognition, and by transfer of credits. The student can request validation by attaching the corresponding documentation. The competences acquired must correspond to those inherent to the subjects involved.

  • The credits validated compute for the purpose of obtaining the official degree, but do not incorporate qualification, so they do not count for the purpose of the final qualification scale of the file.
  • It is not possible to validate work credits at the end of a degree or master’s degree.
  • The maximum number of credits that the centre may propose to the Directorate General for Initial Vocational Training and Special Regime Education will correspond to 15% of the total credits that make up the higher degree syllabus, i.e. 36 credits of the total credits of the syllabus being studied by the applicant student.
  • Only the documentation provided by the student in his application for validation will be taken into account. This documentation guarantees the acquired competences that the student wants to be evaluated for in the validation and must correspond to those inherent to the degree.
  • A scale of validation is established for some subjects (see documents required for the validation of some subjects).
  • All requests for transfer, recognition, and validation of credits must be addressed in writing to the Technical Director of the Centre, who has final responsibility for the resolution.
  • Given the diversity of possible origins of the students, each application will be studied by the commission of validation and recognition of credits.
  • The resolution of each request will be made in writing and will be argued; the result will be shown on the board of the Center, on the web and in the Virtual Music Workshop. Approved applications will be included in the file and students will be notified in order to make the corresponding registration modification.
  • The validation application period will be from the beginning of the registration until one week after the end of the registration period. The resolution will be established during a maximum of 15 days from the end of the application period.
  • Subject validations are subject to payment amounting 25% of the cost of the corresponding subject credits.
  • Only those subjects will be validated in which there is a coincidence of 75% of the content between those that are to be validated and those taken.

MOBILITY PROGRAMMES

Taller de Músics Bachelor Degree has had an international vocation from the moment of its creation following the long tradition of the Taller de Músics. A key element for improving the quality of teaching and research at the Bachelor’s Degree lies in sharing of information and experiences with foreign schools and being present at those levels which best represent and defend our interests.

For this reason, the international impulse has been translated, on the one hand in participating in networks of European and international schools to present the project of our school and to contribute to the development of formative proposals in higher music education and, on the other hand, in mobility programs with an increasing implantation year after year.

The Erasmus+ program, and more specifically Key Action 1 for the mobility of students and teachers in higher education, is the main means of mobility in our school. The ESEM Musics Workshop obtained the Erasmus Charter in 2014 and since the academic year 2016/17, there are students and teachers at the centre who participate in a network of European partners that has been growing day by day.

Taller de Músics is also open and interested in welcoming students from other centres for certain periods of study, either through the Erasmus+ program or through specific agreements.

More info about Erasmus+

Taller de Músics signed a collaboration agreement with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). This agreement will serve to boost the professional careers of ESEM students and graduates through stays and concerts in Spain and abroad. These mobility actions will take place between July and November 2019 and, thanks to the agreement, all travel, accommodation and dietary expenses of the participants will be covered.

The ACS is a European network of higher music education institutions, founded in 1953, which brings together more than 280 members from 55 different countries. The aim of this Brussels-based organisation is to support music education through European projects, meetings, and exchanges, as well as to represent the interests of its members.

The Bachelor of Music by Taller de Musics was presented as a new member at the 43rd Annual Congress and General Assembly of the ACS in November 2016 in Gothenburg (Sweden) and participates in various working groups. The AEC website is a resourceful tool for institutions and their professionals as well as for students, with special reference to the mobility programs.

International students will always be admitted through the entrance examinations, for which it will be necessary to homologate the studies carried out abroad equivalent to the Baccalaureate degree (consult the website of the Departament d’Ensenyament).

Since 2019, the Escuela Superior de Estudios Musicales Taller de Músics has been a member of the IASJ. This association has been connecting students, educators, and directors of institutions and centres that teach jazz studies worldwide for 30 years. Each year, they organise the IASJ Jazz Meeting in a different country of the world, where approximately 100 students, educators, and management staff learn, teach, perform and interact. Through this encounter, professional networks are created where leadership experiences are exchanged, jazz research is promoted and/or international bands of this musical genre are promoted

TALLER DE MÚSICS STUDENT CARD

What is it and who can apply?

The Taller de Músics Student Card accredits you as a student of Taller de Músics and allows you to access the services of both our centres. It also gives you discounts and advantages in commercial establishments, concert halls or cultural institutions. The Taller de Músics Student Card works like any student card. In the places where they give discounts for being a student, you will also be able to benefit from it. Also, remember that as a student you can apply for the International Student Identity Card, with which you can get discounts on transport, restaurants, accommodation, museums and cultural events around the world! 

You can apply if you are:

  • Student, except if you enrol in a master’s class or special course for teaching and/or service personnel.
  • The card is valid as long as you are part of the Taller de Músics community.

When is it processed?

  • You can apply for it at the time of registration or at any other time at the secretary’s office at the centre where you are studying.

INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM (SGIC)

TALLER DE MÚSICS (BACHELOR OF MUSIC) INDICATORS

The year 2017-2018
The year 2016-2017
The year 2015-2016
The year 2014-2015

AQU Acreditación favorable Taller de Músics

Download final accreditation report in February 2019
Download AQU 2019 Certificate

In accordance with the commitment to transparency required of university institutions within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), and in accordance with the approach to the procedure for the design and implementation of university degrees established by Royal Decree 1393/2007, which establishes the organisation of official university education as modified by Royal Decree 861/2010, universities must guarantee, in the use of the trust that society gives them in their autonomous management, that their actions ensure the achievement of the objectives associated with the training they provide. To achieve this challenge, universities must have policies and internal quality assurance systems (IQAS) that are formally established and publicly available.

The AUDIT programme has the following objectives:

  • To favour the development and implementation of SGIC of university training, university centres, and also other higher education institutions, integrating all activities related to quality assurance of the teachings that have been developed and ensuring that the SGIC is the instrument used for monitoring training programmes.
  • To put a programme into practice that contributes to the recognition of the SGIC design through the evaluation of the suitability of the SGIC designed and the subsequent certification of the SGIC implemented.

The SGIC-framework of the Taller de Músics was evaluated by AQU Catalunya within the framework of the AUDIT-EAS programme and positively assessed on 30 March 2016.

Certificate AUDIT-EAS

Approval of the Study Plan for Taller de Músics Bachelor of Music
Approval of the Study Plan for Pedagogy Taller de Músics
SGIQ 2016-2017 Follow-up Report
Memoria de verificación del título superior en música
Memory verification of the Bachelor in music
Employment insertion report
Self-evaluation Report Taller de Músics 2016-2017 (September 2018)
Quality Manual
SGIQ Process Manual

Summary table of the processes established in the Taller de Músics Bachelor of Music:

TM – PE01 – Quality policy and objectives
TM – PE02 – Staff Policy (PDI-PAS)
TM – PE03 – Design, approval and extinction of degrees
TM – PE04 – Student Profile
TM – PE05 – Access and enrolment criteria
TM – PE06 – Implementation of the Improvement Plan
TM – PE07 – Publication of information
TM – PC01 – Teaching development and tutoring
TM – PC02 – Learning Assessment
TM – PC03 – Academic Practices
TM – PC04 – Mobility
TM – PS01 – Collection and analysis of quality training results
TM – PS02 – Professional orientation and labour insertion
TM – PS03 – Collection and selection PDI-PAS
TM – PS04 – Evaluation, promotion and recognition PDI-PAS
TM – PS05 –Training PDI-PAS
TM – PS06 – Material Resources and Infrastructure Management
TM – PS07 – Service Management
TM – PS08 – Management of complaints, claims and suggestions
TM – PS09 – Document Management

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