The Practice of Teaching Composition


  • Dániel Péter Biró Grieg Academy, University of Bergen



In this essay, composer Dániel Péter Biró reveals his methodology and trajectory as a professor of music composition in the last 16 years. Biró explains how can one teaches a creative artistic process nowadays, in a globalized musical culture, which is full of possibilities for development of cultural diversity while simultaneously providing students distractions driven by capitalist paradigms. How can one help each student to develop his/her own musical language? For this task, Biró talks about how composition today is creative process highly grounded in intellectual and interdisciplinary approaches, sharing similarities with other areas of research such as philosophy and history. For this task, the composer relies on musical analysis in his seminars and individual lessons as one of the strongest methodologies to learn composition, alongside integrating music technology and contemporary performance practice research. [note by editor].


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Biografia do Autor

Dániel Péter Biró, Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

Dániel Péter Biró is Professor for Composition at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen in Norway. He studied in the U.S., Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Israel before receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004. From 2004 -2009 he was Assistant Professor and from 2009-2018 Associate Professor for Composition and Music Theory at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada. In 2010 he received the Gigahertz Production Prize from the ZKM-Center for Art and Media. In 2011 he was Visiting Professor at Utrecht University and in 2014-2015 Research Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. In 2015 he was elected to the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2017 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dániel Péter Biró has been commissioned by prominent musicians, ensembles and festivals and his compositions are performed around the world. Website:


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Biró, D. P. (2020). The Practice of Teaching Composition. Revista Vórtex, 8(1), 1–11.