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A master’s degree is usually earned after completion of an academic postgraduate program. The MA, or Master of Arts, typically focuses on a liberal arts area, such as literature, history, linguistics and music. Completion of this program positions students for access to further educational opportunities or for jobs in a specialized area of their industry.

What is an MA in Composition? This program provides comprehensive exposure to music composition, improvisation, technique and theory, and a variety of instruments. Programs may focus on contemporary music, video documentation, soundscape studies, ethnomusicology, film music, solo performances, the history and culture of music, all aspects of performances and stage settings. These and other topics are designed to prepare students to step into career positions after graduation.

Students benefit from the chance to specialize in an area of their choice and the opportunity to engage critically within their discipline. Students have opportunities to perform and analyze their own performance techniques and others. Students associate with talented professionals and skilled instructors and benefit when they work collaboratively with other students.

The cost of tuition and other fees may vary quite a bit from one school to another, particularly as educational institutions are located in areas all over the world. The best course of action is to contact individual schools for accurate information. 

Graduates from this program have been well-known pianists and award winning composers, have created independent releases of their own music and have performed in a number of venues. It isn’t uncommon for students to enter in an educational position or to gain employment with major production companies. Other opportunities involve careers with art galleries, music technology, art administration and music conservation.

Your love of music can become a rewarding career with the right educational background. Use the program listing to review the options available to you and then fill out the lead form to get more detailed information about schools and programs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in Composition

Iceland University of the Arts

The Masters programme in music composition provides the student with the means to establish and develop his/her area of speciality as a composer. Emphasis is put on allow ... [+]

The Masters programme in music composition provides the student with the means to establish and develop his/her area of speciality as a composer. Emphasis is put on allowing the student to explore, enhance and develop her/his personal compositional approach.

In addition to the main subject, the student can personalize the programme of study. Students can choose from different modules in musicology, music theory, electro-acoustics, instrumentation/orchestration, and interdisciplinary studies to support his/her area of interest. With the aim of developing the student’s professional skills, the student can also choose from modules in entrepreneurship and project management.

During the programme, student’s compositions will be performed by professional performers and ensembles that specialize in contemporary music. Since 2015 Caput New Music Ensemble has been the ensemble in residence. The department also works with Ensemble Adapter, Siggi String Quartet, Hljómeyki and Spilmenn Ríkínís.... [-]

Iceland Reykjavík
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Leeds College of Music

The MMus/MA is a taught full-time or part-time postgraduate course that sees you continue with your specialism in either Production, Performance, Composition, or Performa ... [+]

MA/MMus/PgDip (Performance and Composition)WHY MMus/MA?The MMus/MA is a taught full-time or part-time postgraduate course that sees you continue with your specialism in either Production, Performance, Composition, or Performance and Composition, and demonstrate critical engagement with your discipline through a viva voce (MMus) or written critique (MA).Working on a one-to-one basis with our performance staff and/or composers and engaging with Creative Practitioners, you gain a strong academic and vocational understanding of your practice, and of what it takes to be a successful music practitioner in the 21st Century.Performance students are encouraged to develop challenging and innovative repertoire (assessed through public recitals), while Composition students are given the support to prepare portfolios of original compositions and submit realisations.THE COURSEThe MMus/MA follows the same programme of study as the PGDip but with an additional module at the end, culminating in – for Performance students – a final performance in the presence of a panel of examiners and an invited audience or, for Composition students, a final composition portfolio that must demonstrate artistic vision and an emerging compositional identity.In your final project, you are expected to demonstrate the skills and professionalism you have developed and be responsible for all aspects of your project's realisation; for example, as a Composition student, you take responsibility for all performers and recording engineers, and as a Performance student, you look after all aspects of the performance including planning, organisation, coordination of resources (human/physical), sound reinforcement, stage setting and rehearsal.Further to this, MMus students undertake a viva voce to... [-]

United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Leeds College of Music

The MMus/MA is a taught full-time or part-time postgraduate course that sees you continue with your specialism in either Production, Performance, Composition, or Performa ... [+]

MA/MMus/PgDip (Composition)WHY MMus/MA?The MMus/MA is a taught full-time or part-time postgraduate course that sees you continue with your specialism in either Production, Performance, Composition, or Performance and Composition, and demonstrate critical engagement with your discipline through a viva voce (MMus) or written critique (MA).Working on a one-to-one basis with our performance staff and/or composers and engaging with Creative Practitioners, you gain a strong academic and vocational understanding of your practice, and of what it takes to be a successful music practitioner in the 21st Century.Performance students are encouraged to develop challenging and innovative repertoire (assessed through public recitals), while Composition students are given the support to prepare portfolios of original compositions and submit realisations.THE COURSEThe MMus/MA follows the same programme of study as the PGDip but with an additional module at the end, culminating in – for Performance students – a final performance in the presence of a panel of examiners and an invited audience or, for Composition students, a final composition portfolio that must demonstrate artistic vision and an emerging compositional identity.In your final project, you are expected to demonstrate the skills and professionalism you have developed and be responsible for all aspects of your project's realisation; for example, as a Composition student, you take responsibility for all performers and recording engineers, and as a Performance student, you look after all aspects of the performance including planning, organisation, coordination of resources (human/physical), sound reinforcement, stage setting and rehearsal.Further to this, MMus students undertake a viva voce to demonstrate an... [-]

United Kingdom Leeds
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate ... [+]

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. There are 10 specialist pathways that you can choose from across musicology, composition and performance; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio.

Pathways

Music MA: Electroacoustic composition/sonic art pathway

The Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art pathway invites you to help map out the next steps in Birmingham’s thirty-year history as a world leader in the area of electroacoustic music composition and presentation. A solid grounding in the field, its aesthetics and traditions are augmented by instruction in the latest techniques and technology. You will also have the opportunity to work with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), our acclaimed 100-channel sound diffusion system.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Online
Bath Spa University

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Foc ... [+]

World-leading course. Professionalise your songwriting and facilitate your personal artistic ‘voice’.

A pioneering curriculum – the world’s first Songwriting Masters. Prepares you for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries. Taught by professional, published songwriters and performers.

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

The course is aimed at:

unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level; published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst exploring their creativity and formalising their prior experience. ... [-]
United Kingdom Bath
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Online
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music programme at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent work under the guidance of the Ictus and SPECTRA contemp ... [+]

Contemporary Music

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music program at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent work under the guidance of the Ictus and SPECTRA contemporary music ensembles, on projects with an emphatic focus on recently composed music. Students specialize in contemporary music, as soloists or members of an ensemble. They play an active role in creating new works by both young and established composers.

Workshops and lectures bring students in contact with international experts, as well as exchanging ideas with others of the same generation: composers, choreographers, theatre-makers and visual artists.

Under the banner of the Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble or G.A.M.E., you and your fellow advanced graduate students give concerts within and beyond the walls of the Conservatory. Personal initiatives are also assured a podium. Students complete the study with a concert and a written thesis.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance

The MA Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting ed ... [+]

The MA Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting education.

Course Overview

The MA Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting education. Students focus on creative exploration, writing exercises and academic research around the subject before focusing on the creation of a new major repertoire work or a dissertation in the area of the song.

Successful completion of programme MA Songwriting at ICMP leads to the award of MA by the University of East London. (subject to validation) Full programme specification can be found here.... [-]

United Kingdom London
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus