Composition and Music Theory Department

Associate Professor Art. Vjekoslav Nježić – Head of Department

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The five-year study programme of Composition has been thought at the Academy of Music since 1921. Prominent composers such as Blagoje Bersa, Krsto Odak, Franjo Dugan, Milo Cipra, Boris Papandopulo, Stanko Horvat, Milko Kelemen, Stjepan Šulek and many others have worked at the Department, and taught a number of distinguished composers in their classes. The Department has thus been internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in the field of composition and music theory.

ABOUT THE STUDY PROGRAMMES

Composition (Tracks: Composition, Applied Composition, Electronic Composition)

The Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate University Study of Composition, with the subjects of The Basics of Composition, Composition with Instrumentation (Composition module), Applied Composition (Applied Composition module) and Electronic Composition and Techniques of Electronic Music (Electronic Composition module), provide students with the knowledge and skills for independent creative work in the field of music-making. Subjects like Techniques of Electronic Music, Techniques of Applied Music, Electronic Music Basics, Harmony, Polyphony, Music Forms and Styles, Aspects of Contemporary Music, Music Informatics and Solfeggio offer theoretical and practical knowledge that deepen and broaden the understanding of creative processes in music. Piano, Conducting, Score reading and Music History as mandatory subjects, supplemented with the basics in fine art, complete the students’ creative development as composers.

Among the elective subjects, it is possible to choose those that deepen or broaden acquired knowledge, as well as those that provide new content. The elective module of pedagogical subjects introduces students to basic theoretical and practical knowledge in music pedagogy.

The study programme is completed after passing all the required exams, and producing a diploma paper, as well as passing an exam before the committee in which the student’s final work is performed and presented – a work created in the last year of study.

Special attention is devoted to individual classes with students of composition. Students can also work in the electronic studio which is central to the study of music technologies and specialist areas for future composers of electronic music and applied composition. The electronic studio is equipped with cutting edge equipment for synthesis and sound design, recording, music production and interactive performances of electronic works through the use of the Kyma platform.

The Department also attaches great importance to public performances of students’ works throughout the study programme. Final works in the form of students’ orchestral compositions are performed publicly by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Zagreb Academy of Music.

Music Theory

Within the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate University Study Programme of Music Theory, students acquire basic and advanced knowledge and skills in the field of theoretical disciplines such as Harmony, Polyphony, Conducting, Basics of Composition, Musical Forms and Styles, History of Music and practical disciplines such as Piano, Score Reading, and Choir. The Pedagogical Subjects module introduces students to theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of music pedagogy.

Among elective subjects, students can choose those that deepen or broaden their existing knowledge, as well as those that develop new knowledge.

The study programme is completed after passing all the required exams, as well as by passing the diploma final exam in which the students publicly present their thesis to the committee.

COMPETENCIES GAINED IN THE STUDY PROGRAMMES

Upon completing the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate University Study of Composition, Master of Music can work as an independent artist in the field of music creation, which, in addition to composing, includes orchestration and arrangement.

They can lead amateur choirs, orchestras and similar ensembles, as well as engage in other appropriate musical activities. They can be ballet or choir accompanists in professional art institutions.  In the wider area of the music industry, they can work in music publishing (computer notation, editing), music production and distribution, music management, and also in the media as editors, reporters or presenters. After completing the pedagogical module they are qualified to work in primary and secondary music schools as teachers of music theory. They can also work as freelance musicians in the field of music creation.

After completing the integrated undergraduate and graduate study of Music Theory, Master of Music is qualified to work as teacher of music theory in primary and secondary music schools.

They can lead amateur choirs, orchestras and similar ensembles, and engage in other appropriate musical activities. In the wider area of the music industry, they can work in music publishing (computer notation, editing), music production and distribution, music management, and in the media as editors, reporters or presenters.

 

Associate Professor Art. Vjekoslav Nježić Head of Department – Musical Forms and Styles, Music Informatics, Polyphony

Full Professor Art. Srećko Bradić – Composition with Instrumentation, Musical Forms and Styles, Study of Musical Instruments, Introduction to Instrumentation, Basics of Composition

Full Professor Art. Davorin Kempf – Composition with Instrumentation, Harmony Practice

Full Professor Art. Frano Parać – Composition with Instrumentation, Instrumentation

Full Professor Art. Krešimir Seletković – Musical Forms and Styles, Polyphony, Study of Musical Instruments

Full Professor Art. Berislav Šipuš – Polyphony, Aspects of Contemporary Music, Composition with Instrumentation

Full Professor Art. Zlatko Tanodi – Electronic Composition, Techniques of Electronic Music, Applied Composition, Techniques of Applied Composition, Electronic Music Basics, Harmony

Full Professor Art. Mladen Tarbuk – Composition with Instrumentation

Associate Professor Art. Srđan Dedić – Musical Forms and Styles, Music Informatics, Harmony

Associate Professor Art. Frano Đurović – Solfeggio, Musical Forms and Styles, Study of Musical Instruments

Associate Professor Art. Ante Knešaurek – Harmony, Harmony Practice

Associate Professor Art. Haris Nonveiller – Harmony

Assistant Professor Art. Dalibor Bukvić – Harmony Practice, Solfeggio

Vesna Nicole Klarić, Lecturer – Solfeggio

Tomislav Oliver, Teaching Assistant – Solfeggio, Score Reading

 

List of required and elective courses and/or modules with class hours and ECTS credits

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   1st
Semester:   1st and 2nd
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSE Basics of Composition 1 60* 10 R
MAJOR-RELATED COURSES Music Informatics 1 30* 4 R
Harmony A1 120* 8 R
Harmony Practice A1 30* 4 R
Solfeggio A1 60* 4 R
Piano A1 30* 6 R
GENERAL COURSES Music History 1 60 4 R
Choir 1 120* 6 R
Foreign Language 1 (English or German) 50 10 4 R
Arts 60 4 R
Physical Education 1 60 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 6 E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   2nd
Semester:   3rd and 4th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES COMPOSITION MODULE Composition with Instrumentation 1 90* 16 R
APPLIED COMPOSITION MODULE Applied Composition 1 60* R O
Applied Music Techniques 1 60* R O
ELECTRONIC COMPOSITION MODULE Electronic Composition 1 60* R O
Electronic Music Techniques 1 60* R O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Harmony A2 60* 6 R
Harmony Practice A2 30* 4 R
Solfeggio A2 60* 4 R
Piano A2 30* 6 R
GENERAL COURSES Music History 2 60 4 R
Choir 2 120* 6 R
Foreign Language 2 (English or German) 50 10 4 R
Physical Education 2 60 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 10/6/6** E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes


 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   3rd
Semester:   5th and 6th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES COMPOSITION MODULE Composition with Instrumentation 2 90* R O
APPLIED COMPOSITION MODULE Applied Composition 2 60* R O
Applied Music Techniques 2 60* R O
ELECTRONIC COMPOSITION MODULE Electronic Composition 2 60* R O
Electronic Music Techniques 2 60* R O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Conducting B1 60* 6 R
Musical Forms and Styles A1 60* 4 R
Piano A3 30* 6 R
PolifonyA1 90* 8 R
Solfeggio A3 60* 4 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 4 E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   4th
Semester:   7th and 8th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES COMPOSITION MODULE Composition with Instrumentation 3 120* R O
Basics of Electronic Music 60* R O
APPLIED COMPOSITION MODULE Applied Composition 3 60* R O
Applied Music Techniques3 60* R O
ELECTRONIC COMPOSITION MODULE Electronic Composition 3 60* R O
Electronic Music Techniques 3 60* R O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Musical Forms and Styles A2 60* 4 R
Piano A4 30* 6 R
Polifony A2 90* 8 R
Solfeggio A4 60* 4 R
Playing from a Score A1 30* 4 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 2/10/10 E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   5th
Semester:   9th and 10th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR COURSES COMPOSITION MODULE Composition with Instrumentation 4 120* R O
APPLIED COMPOSITION MODULE Applied Composition 4 120* R O
ELECTRONIC COMPOSITION MODULE Electronic Composition 4 120* R O
Final Thesis R O
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Aspects of contemporary music 60 6 R
Playing from a Score A2 30* 6 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 4 E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   1st-5th
Semester:   1st-10th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED ELECTIVE COURSES Basics of electronic music**(students of applied composition enrol in 3rd semester) 60* 8 E
Seminars**(9th semester) 30* 6 E
Music Informatics 2 30* 4 E
GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES Musical Aesthetics 60 4 E
World Music (after 5th semester) 28 2 3 E
Music Psychology (10th semester) 45 5 E
Piano A5 ( 9th semester) 30* 6 E
Chamber Choir 60* 4 E
Introduction to Music Therapy 30 45 6 E
Vocal Technique Basics A 60* 6 E
Basics of Scientific Research (after 4th semester) 14 16 3 E
Theory and History of Music Critique 2 28 30 6 E
Percussion B1 60* 4 E
Harp Compulsory (after  6th semester) 30* 4 E
Introduction to Ethnomusicology A(after 4th semester) 39 6 5 E
Introduction to Musicology with Practice 30 15 5 E
Choir 3 -5 120* 6 E
PEDAGOGICAL MODULE Psychology of Musical Education 60 4 E
Didactics (after 2nd semester) 60 4 E
Basics of Musical Pedagogy (after 4th semester) 60 10 E
Teaching Methods for Theoretical Subjects (after 4th semester) 30 30 6 E
Teaching Practice 1 & 2 (after 6th semester) 30 30 6 E
SOUND ENGINEER MODULE Musical Acoustics** 60 30 6 E
Electroacoustic and Audio techniques (after 2nd semester) 60 30 6 E
Recording and Sound Processing (after 4th semester) 60 30 6 E
CULTURAL MANAGMENT MODULE Basic Profession Rules** 15 15 15 5 E
Social and Legal Aspects of Music** 60 4 E
Entrepreneurial Project in Culture (after 2nd semester) 30 5 E
Copyright  (after 2nd semester) 60 4 E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

List of required and elective courses and/or modules with class hours and ECTS credits  

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   1st
Semester:   1st and 2nd
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR-RELATED COURSES Harmony A1 120* 8 R
Harmony Practice A1 30* 4 R
Solfeggio A1 60* 4 R
Music Informatics 1 30 4 R
Piano A1 30* 6 R
Study of Musical Instruments 30 4 R
PAEDAGOGICAL COURSES Psychology of Musical Education 60 4 R
Didactics 60 4 R
GENERAL COURSES Music History 1 60 4 R
Choir 1 120* 6 R
Foreign Language 1 (English or German) 50 10 4 R
Arts 60 4 R
Physical Education 1 60 2 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 4 E

 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   2nd
Semester:   3rd and 4th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Harmony A2 60* 6 R
Harmony Practice A2 30* 4 R
Solfeggio A2 60* 4 R
Music Informatics 2 30 4 R
Piano A2 30* 6 R
Conducting B1 60* 6 R
PAEDAGOGICAL COURSES Basics of Musical Pedagogy 60 10 R
GENERAL COURSES Music History 2 60 4 R
Choir 2 120* 6 R
Foreign Language 2 (English or German) 50 10 4 R
Physical Education 2 60 2 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 6 E

 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   3rd
Semester:   5th and 6th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Solfeggio A3 60* 4 R
Basics of Composition 1 60* 10 R
Polifony A1 90* 8 R
Musical Forms and Styles with seminar 1 40* 20* 8 R
Conducting B2 60* 6 R
Piano A3 30* 6 R
Introduction to Music Literature 60 8 R
PAEDAGOGICAL COURSES Teaching Methods for Theoretical Subjects 30 30 6 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 4 E

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   4th
Semester:   7th and 8th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Solfeggio A4 60* 4 R
Basics of Composition 2 60* 16 R
Polifony A2 90* 8 R
Music Forms and Styles with Seminar 2 40* 20* 8 R
Playing from a Score B1 30* 4 R
Piano A4 30* 6 R
PAEDAGOGICAL COURSES Basics of Scientific  Research(one semester) 14 16 3 R
Teaching Practice for Theoretical Subjects 1 30 30 6 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 5 E

 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   5th
Semester:   9th and 10th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED COURSES Aspects of contemporary music 60* 6 R
Playing from a Score A2 30* 6 R
Seminars 30* 6 R
Final Thesis 20 R
PAEDAGOGICAL COURSES Music Paedagogy 45 5 R
Music Psychology 45 5 E
Teaching Practice for Theoretical Subjects 2 30 30 6 R
ELECTIVE COURSES Elective courses from the list of elective modules 3 E

 

 

LIST OF COURSES/MODULES
Year of study:   1st – 5th
Semester:   1st-10th
MODULE COURSE L S E e-learning ECTS Required/elective
MAJOR – RELATED ELECTIVE COURSES Vocal Technique Basics A 60* 6 E
Arrangement 1 (after 2nd semester) 30 30 8 E
GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES World Music (after 5th semester) 28 2 3 E
Introduction to Ethnomusicology A (after 4th semester) 39 6 5 E
Musical Aesthetics 60 4 E
Introduction to Musicology with Practice 30 15 5 E
Theory and History of Music Critique (after 6th semester) 2 28 30 6 E
Chamber Choir-5 60* 4 E
Introduction to Music Therapy 30 45 6 E
Percussion B1 60* 4 E
Children Choir and Instrments (enrolment in 7th or 9th semester 15* 2 E
Choir 3 -5 120* 6 E
SOUND ENGINEER MODULE Musical Acoustics** 60 30 6 E
Electroacoustic and Audio techniques (after 2nd semester) 60 30 6 E
Recording and Sound Processing (after 4th semester) 60 30 6 E
CULTURAL MANAGMENT MODULE Basic Profession Rules** 15 15 15 5 E
Social and Legal Aspects of Music** 30 4 E
Entrepreneurial Project in Culture (after 2nd semester) 30 5 E
Copyright  (after 2nd semester) 60 4 E

Classes marked * are mentored artistic classes

 

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