Music: Composition (M.A.)
The master of arts1 in composition option offers the opportunity for in-depth study of music composition. Some graduates of the program will go on to earn a doctoral degree in composition or music theory, while others will seek careers as film and theater composers, sound designers, teachers, and freelance writers. The program is responsive to the individual ambitions of its students to prepare them for their professional careers in the best way possible.
Degree program has plan approval from the National Association of Schools of Music.
Completion of the program requires a final project in an area of interest. Projects can take several forms (for example, a composition, a composition recital, a lecture recital, a research paper, etc.) and are usually proposed and developed in concert with the graduate studies coordinator and a faculty member who serves as the project adviser. A final oral examination assesses the candidate's ability to apply compositional skills, and/or to describe advanced independent work of particular interest.
All of the Master of Arts in Music options require 30 credit hours as well as a final project for completion of the degree.
& MUSI 876
|MUSI 877||Advanced Composition||3|
|MUSI 991||Research Seminar||3|
|Supportive Courses in Music|
|MUSI 955||Introduction to Bibliography||3|
|MUSI 994||Theory Seminar||3|
|MUSI 959||Musicology Seminar||3|
|Select 9 credits from the following:|
Music History Period Courses
|Music of the Renaissance|
|Music of the Romantic Period|
|Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries|
|Survey of Opera|
|Advanced Instrumental Conducting|
Applied Lessons Courses
|Graduate Classical Guitar|
|Graduate French Horn|
|Special Studies 2|
|Musicology Seminar 3|
|Independent Study in the History and Theory of Music|
Normally, electives will be chosen only from offerings within the Department of Music. Students wishing to enroll in electives outside the department are permitted to do so in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Music.
MUSI 895 Special Studies may be used to enroll in large and studio ensembles for a total of 6 credits.
MUSI 959 Musicology Seminar can be repeated for credit.
Concentration and Supportive Courses are required; other electives are possible with the approval of the department.
General Competencies for All Music MA Programs
- Demonstrate advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization by producing a final project or equivalent.
- Demonstrate advanced competence in the area of specialization.
Additional Competencies, M.A. in Composition
- Demonstrate advanced competencies in composition.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in one or more related fields of music.
- Complete a faculty approved final project.
- Manage an advanced performance of their original composition.