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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

Degree in Music Composition

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.

Faculty

Pedagogical Team

Santiago Galán

Pedagogical Director

Juan Jurado

Coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in Music Composition

Faculty

Raquel García-Tomás
Main Composition, Composition for Alternatives Musical Ensembles
Pablo Carrascosa
Main Composition, Composition and Production for Audiovisual Media Basics, Applied Composition (III), Introduction to Electronic Music, Compositional Techniques (I), Compositional Techniques (II), Spanish Basics of Contemporary Composition
Octavi Rumbau
Instrumental Ensemble, Instrumentation and Orchestration (III), Instrumentation and Orchestration (IV)
Juan Jurado
Romantic Music Analysis, Post Romantic Music Analysis, Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries (I), Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries (II), Main Composition
Alejandro di Costanzo
Piano, Instrumental Ensemble, Secondary Instrument Piano
Ana Rosa Landa
Piano, Secondary Instrument Piano
Andrés Jaén
Techniques for Recording and Postproduction (I), Acoustics and Organology
Cristina López
Flamenco Singing, Flamenco History, Specific Repertoire, Introduction to Music Technology
Joan Bagés
Compositional Techniques (III), Instrumentation and Orchestration (II), Applied Composition (IV)
Maria Salicrú-Maltas
Music Notation and Scoring for Composers, Sociology of Music
Montserrat Lladó
Applied Composition (I), Applied Composition (II)
Néstor Giménez
Ear Training, Harmony, Instrumental Ensemble
Santiago Galán
General History of Music, History of 20th Century Popular Music, Baroque Music Analysis, Classicism Music Analysis, Main Composition, Music and Computing
Úrsula Pilar San Cristóbal
Language and Communication, Musical Thought

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 skills

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.

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