Institute of Composition and Music Theory


About us

The Institute of Composition and Theory of Music is one of the four institutes that make up the Faculty of Composition, Conducting, Vocal Studies, Theory of Music and Artistic Education of the Academy of Music in Poznań.


The institute comprises four substantive units:

The Chair of Composition

head: prof. Artur Kroschel, PhD, DSc

The unit associates both outstanding and renown composers of contemporary music, including music that takes advantage of contemporary multimedia, and young pedagogues at the beginning of their didactic and artistic path. The Chair’s main tasks are focused around organizing of composers concerts of teachers and students and other related events such as competitions, lectures, workshops, master classes, including the International Composers Forum in Poznań. The Chair collaborates closely with the Poznań branch of the Polish Composers Union, the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Poznań Music Spring”, as well as universities and institutions in Poland and abroad. This makes it possible for the unit to fulfill its basic objectives: dissemination of contemporary music and cultivation of artistic achievements of previous generations of artists associated with the Academy. Another important area of the unit’s activity is supporting students in their undertakings, including through the supervision of the Artistic-Scientific Circle of Students of Composition and Theory of Music.

The Chair of Theory of Music

head: Mikołaj Rykowski, PhD, DSc

The Chair was established in 2015; previously – since 1993 – it operated as the Department of Theory of Music founded on the initiative of Janina Tatarska, PhD. The unit is made up of music theorists, musicologists, historians, and music psychologists – teachers of the Academy of Music in Poznań. The Chair’s main tasks include initiating and conducting research works connected with the development of the theory of music as a subject, supervising the research of the unit’s members, organizing scientific conferences, symposiums, workshops, and lectures – the flagship work is in this field is “Musica practica, musica theoretica” – a cyclical international conference, which has been held for nearly 20 years now. The subject matter of artistic-scientific projects and research conducted by the Chair’s members is focused around the music of 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, especially Polish music, as well as studies on the musical culture of Poznań. The Chair also supervises the publication of the unit’s periodical “De musica commentarii” and scientific activities of the students of the faculty.

The Chair of Eurhythmics and Piano Improvisation

head: Małgorzata Kupsik, PhD, DSc, ProfTit

The Chair’s main tasks are concentrated around educating its members as well as organizing and conducting artistic, scientific, and didactic work in the field of eurhythmics. The unit exercises substantive supervision over main subjects within the specialty of eurhythmics, determines the curriculum and examination requirements. As part of their scientific activity, the Chair’s members participate in scientific conferences and sessions, taking up in their research the topics of eurhythmics, dance, choreography, and issues related to rhythmic therapy. The unit also organizes concerts presenting both movement compositions of musical works from different eras, as well as piano improvisations.

The Department of Creation, Perception and Music Notation

head: Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba, PhD

The Department was established in 2016 as a continuation of the works of the Interfaculty Ear Training Department, which operated in the years 2012-2016 under the supervision of Anna Kędzierska, PhD, preceded by the Ear Training Unit, which functioned from 1995 under the supervision of Lidia Kerończyk, MA. The unit is made up of the staff of different institutes, mainly composers and music theorists. They conduct scientific-research and consulting activity in the area of broadly understood ear training, classical and contemporary harmony teaching, and improvisation. The main objectives of the Department include developing scientific research projects and publishing research results, including teaching materials (the unit’s output takes in articles and notes), organizing courses, workshops and scientific-methodical conferences, and presenting the scientific achievements of the Unit’s members.