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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
 
  Apr 14, 2024
 
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Music, M.M. (Composition Concentration)


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Admission

The general requirements for admission include the completion of an undergraduate degree in music (or the equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on relevant courses and fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to The Graduate School, including the submission of three recommendations. The Master of Music with concentration in Music Theory requires submission of a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test or the Miller Analogies Test.  A list of additional admission materials specific to each degree program is available on the School of Music website.  Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. Normally, the minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (internet-based) or 570 (paper-based). The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5. Applicants for the Master of Music degree whose TOEFL/IELTS score is below the normal minimum standard will be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission. Such applicants must demonstrate exceptional abilities in the major area and evidence through past academic or professional activities strong promise for future professional success. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s total application portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates will demonstrate compositional ability of significant duration and scope.  
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of music history, music theory, and compositional styles by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting musical works from the Antiquity through modern times.   
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of compositional techniques by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting specific methods of composition and their uses in musical works from the Antiquity through modern times.

Degree Requirements (32 Hours)

Master of Music with concentrations in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music history, music theory, opera theatre, and piano pedagogy

Prior to taking any graduate music study, all master’s students must take the Graduate Music Diagnostic Examination, and, early in their studies, complete all deficiencies and required courses resulting from the exam. Degree candidates must complete a prescribed program of 32 hours of graduate work and successfully pass an oral comprehensive examination. In addition, candidates in conducting or performance must present one full recital, and those whose performance medium is an orchestral instrument must also perform a concerto; candidates in composition must complete a thesis consisting of a musical work of major proportions; candidates in music history or music theory must complete a written thesis; and candidates in piano pedagogy must present a solo recital or complete a written thesis. Specific program requirements are listed online.

Courses required of all Master of Music students:


Composition Concentration Requirements:


Major Area (11-12 hours)


Other Studies in Music (12-13 hours)


  • Advisor-approved course in Music Technology (3 hours)
  • Advisor-approved music courses (9-10 hours)

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