Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre



Title of the study programme 


Study programme branches

Composition, Composition (digital technologies)


Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Language of instruction

Lithuanian, English, Russian, German

National code


New national code


Kind of study

University studies

Cycle of study


Level of qualification under the European Quality Framework


Study mode  and length of the programme in years

Full-time studies, 2 years

Type of degree and length

Single degree, 120 ECTS credits

Study area

Art studies

Main study field


Degree and (or) professional qualifications awarded 

Master of Music

Accreditation organisation

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

Period of reference

Accredited until 2017.12.31


The studies programme is intended to train composition masters who know the basics of research work, composition theory and field work perfectly well and possess superb skills of instrumentation and creating electronic and computer music. After graduating this programme, the student has experience of creative work and can implement creative projects related to academic genres of music in a professional way and successfully work in the field of electronic music. Besides, they have profound theoretical knowledge, can broaden their horizon and learn on their own.

Discipline(s) / Subject area(s):

The studies consist of two groups of subjects, scope of which answers the requirements of postgraduate university studies. This includes advanced (in-depth) subjects (Composition, Electronic and Computer Music, Contemporary Theories of Musicology, etc.), which improve the capacities acquired during undergraduate education, and applied subjects (Research Work, Master Composition Project, etc.). Advanced subjects account for more than 80 per cent of the scope of the curriculum of postgraduate programme of Composition.

General / Specialist Focus

The LMTA’s Composition studies programme is designed to train composers of academic music. They pursue in-depth studies pertaining to the respective vocational education and skills to compose professional music of academic genres that end in a final creative project, which is a composition for a symphonic orchestra. The Composition master’s studies programme is aimed at boosting skills, general competences and abilities that are necessary for professional creative activity and imbuing students with skills of research work.


Postgraduate studies of Composition are intended for improving artistic and research qualifications of students. Oriented at professional artistic activities, the postgraduate studies prepare students for composer’s career.

Distinctive features

Students have a possibility to choose a branch – Composition or Composition (digital technologies).

An Erasmus or Nordplus mobility experience is recommended but not compulsory. 


Qualifications attained entitle their owner to work creative and research work in culture, musical education, concert and other art-related institutions, creative organisations, participate in artistic projects, carry out other work that requires high competences of the composer. From the angle of demand on the labour market and employer interests, graduates successfully work in culture and music industries (advertisement, audio recording, etc.), culture, music education and science institutions, other artistic bodies, radio and television, the media, creative unions, etc.

Further education

Postgraduates of Master of Music course in Composition have a possibility to continue their studies in arts doctoral studies. Students who want to gain pedagogic competences have a possibility to study Music Pedagogy (Master degree).

Learning and teaching approaches

Individual subjects or groups of subjects, individual and group work, final examinations.

Assessment methods

Examinations and final examinations assessed in grades from 1 to 10. Negative marks are grades 1-4 (inclusive). Assessment can be in the form of a course credit (passed or failed).



Programme competences and learning outcomes

General competences:

  1. Ability to work independently, deepen his knowledge and perform complex tasks.
  2. Ability of efficient and skilled work with self-confidence.
  3. Ability to make critical and well-grounded evaluation of artistic activities from the point of view of interpretation.
  4. Ability to work in joint creativity projects and initiate such activities.
  5. Ability to work in a team by way of performing negotiations and organising activities.
  6. Ability to communicate and cooperate with the audience, the media, culture and arts staff and employers.


Special competences:

  1. Ability to realise a creative artistic project up to creation of a composition for a symphonic orchestra that evidences a high professional degree, which is defined by creativity and individual solutions.
  2. Profound knowledge of instrumentation and experience of the field.
  3. Skills in the area of electronic and computer music.
  4. Profound skills of understanding composition techniques and principles as well as analysis thereof.
  5. Ability to scrutinise specifics of historical, theoretical and cultural context of music independently, this understanding is key to permanent self-sufficient advancement of the composer.
  6. Ability to express one’s views to interaction between theory and practice of composition.
  7. Ability to write research papers, which point to the ability to analyse artistic ideas from the scientific viewpoint.