The IUA Music Department offers students comprehensive training and education in music. The department’s goal is not only to provide a sound theoretical and technical background but also to broaden students’ horizons and introduce them to important possibilities within their field, to innovation, and to points of contact with other disciplines.

At the bachelor’s level, the department offers five programmes of study: Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Instrumental Teaching, Creative Music Communication, Composition, and Sacred Music (in cooperation with the Iceland Academy of Sacred Music). The programmes are three years in length and require completion of 180 units, concluding with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. Study programmes in the Music Department are divided into three main categories: major studies (90 units), theoretical studies (60 units), and elective and professional development courses (30 units).

About a third of bachelor’s-level courses within the department are devoted to theoretical and academic studies, as strong emphasis is placed on giving students a thorough knowledge of Western music and musical heritage.

The Academy offers three master’s-level programmes: Creative Music Communication and Innovation (New Audiences and Innovative Practice, NAIP), MA/MMus in Composition, and MA/M.Art.Ed. in Vocal and Instrumental Teaching.