Contemporary Music and Improvisation

Contemporary Performance and Composition (CoPeCo)
Head of Curriculum, Taavi Kerikmäe

CoPeCo is a two-year joint master’s programme in contemporary performance and composition, offering the students an open platform for experimental artistic practice within a European setting.

The programme aims to create a dynamic environment that supports and promotes contemporary musical expression in all aspects, including creation, production, performance and the relationship between musicians and society. The programme achieves this by establishing a joint platform, where composers and performers can begin new artistic collaborations, interact with artists from other disciplines, work with live electronics and develop their improvisational skills.

The programme consortium includes the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon and the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre.


Contemporary Improvisation / Professor Anto Pett

Master’s programme

Contemporary improvisation is a pioneering MA porgramme that offers new opportunities in traditional music education. Nowadays, a successful musician needs creativity and an open mind in addition to professional instrument playing skills. This means that an ability to improvise should be a natural part of a musician’s education. For more than 20 years, improvisation at EAMT was an elective subject, but since autumn 2011, it can be studied as a master’s programme that welcomes students from all styles of music wanting to develop their improvisation skills – thinking in and with sounds, exploring self-expression as well as their ability to make music with others. In addition to musicians, improvisation is also taught to those students that have previously graduated from another programme (e.g. drama or dance), and have now decided to obtain a deeper understanding of the potential for self-expression also through sound.

One of the main objectives of the programme is to develop the students’ open creativity, fluent communication and cooperation skills, but also continuous self-development. It is also possible to participate in the work of the improvisation choir or orchestra.