Head of the department, Professor Toivo Tulev
(music composition, electro-acoustic composition, audio-visual composition, sound engineering)
The main objective of the Composition Department is to educate students in classical music composition, electro-acoustic composition, audio-visual composition and sound engineering. These independent, but closely integrated curricula establish a creative synergy that supports individual creative endeavours in each specialist field.
All composition curricula, including sound engineering, form a coherent and complementary whole, not only due to the structure of the curriculum. Most of the faculty members do not guide students in only one specific specialist field: students of other curricula also complement their skills with professors specialised in classical composition, while classical composition students can be guided in the well-equipped electronic music studio by specialists in electro-acoustic music.
In addition to choosing between four fields of study, students can choose from a variety of creative mentors from different fields, who have different aesthetic and creative beliefs. It is not obligatory for students to study under the guidance of only one professor, which means that they can take part in different creative visions throughout the course of their studies.
Applicants to the Composition Department do not have to worry about strict academic stylistic restrictions, which is vividly demonstrated by the numerous concerts that take place throughout the academic year offering widely different stylistic preferences from chamber and electronic music all the way to symphony concerts.
Electro-acoustic and audio-visual composition studies/ Coordinator of Studies/ Lecturer Paolo Girol
The Composition Department provides studies in electro-acoustic composition, sound engineering and audio-visual composition. These fields combine musical, artistic and technical creativity. The sound studio offers a learning environment under the guidance of acknowledged professionals. The music-filled atmosphere of the school and high demand for technological skills and solutions create an excellent basis for practical activities.
The new Audio-Visual Composition curriculum was introduced in the autumn of 2011. With the aim of integrating the innovative visual art world into musical thinking, students are guided through studies on traditional and electronic music, history and the visual arts. Painting, photography and animation are treated in terms of musical parameters and should be seen as an extension of sound art and compositional approaches. The curriculum includes many subjects from other fields of art: students can learn about editing, film semiotics, colour theory, etc.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the curricula the Composition Department collaborates with the Estonian Public Broadcasting, the Baltic Film and Media School and the Estonian Academy of Arts.