The education in composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm focuses on knowledge, experimental investigations and artistic deepening. Here you will find a creative environment and artistically active teachers with high competence.

The composition studies at KMH allow you to develop a personal artistry and prepare you for a future professional life in national and international contexts.

The studies are based on individual teaching, supervision, joint seminars and projects. In the projects, you can compose for ensembles, choirs, big bands, symphony orchestras, film, electroacoustic music, sound installations and much more.

KMH gives you access to well-equipped studios and concert halls where you can present your newly composed music, often with students from other disciplines or in collaboration with professional music life and the surrounding community.

Programmes in Composition

Composition - western art music is aimed at those who want to become composers with an emphasis on instrumental and vocal music.

The specialization of electroacoustic music accommodates various artistic expressions such as electroacoustic art music, interactive sound art, live electronics and experimental electronica.

KMH also offers a master's program in Composition - western art music and a master's program in composition - electroacoustic music that provides artistic deepening and eligibility to apply for postgraduate education.

Composition - jazz is a master's program for those who compose within the various styles and genres of jazz music.

Film music composition is a master's course that KMH runs together with Stockholm's Academy of Arts.

CoPeCo is a master's program in contemporary music given in collaboration between four European universities in Lyon, Tallinn, Hamburg and Stockholm. The program offers you a platform for experimental music in a European environment.

Teachers in Composition

The teaching staff at KMH are artistically active teachers with theoretical, practical and pedagogical competence.

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Concerts and festivals

The composition students' music is performed yearly at concerts in KMH's concert halls and externally. ljudOljud is a student-run festival that composition and conducting students organize together to present music in concerts, installations and talks, often across departments and with guests from other contexts.

International collaborations

Teachers and students in composition education are active in several international networks. As a student, you are encouraged to exchange studies through Erasmus, and KMH also has many international program students. The composition education is continuously developed through teacher exchanges, study visits and participation in international projects, festivals and conferences.

Composition Projects

KMH's composition students can compose in projects specially designed for each major. In recent years, collaborations and recurring projects have been carried out with professional ensembles and external organizations such as Norrbotten NEO, Musica Vitae, KammarensembleN, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band, Stockholms Läns Blåsarsymfoniker, Radiokören, KMH vocal ensemble, Stockholm Art, KTH, Technical Museum, Dansmuseet and a long line of professional musicians.

In addition, composition students collaborate every year with conducting and musician students in projects and concerts with KMH Symphony Orchestra, KMH Kammarkör, Edsberg and KMH Instrumental Ensemble, as well as ensembles from the instrumental course Contemporary music.


At the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory, artistic research in music is carried out in collaboration with other researchers, institutions and organisations. The composition education has several doctoral professors and lecturers, two doctoral students and one postdoc, and all are currently active in various national and international research projects.

The research anchoring in the composition courses is strong and runs through all courses. During your study period, you can participate in lectures, seminars and practical activities that prepare you for your independent work at the bachelor's level as well as your degree project at the master's level.

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