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8 MA Programs in Composition

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 p… Read more

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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Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

Develop your own signature sound and production style through this forward-thinking music composition and sound production course. You’ll be able to tailor the MA Sound (Produ ... +

Develop your own signature sound and production style through this forward-thinking music composition and sound production course. You’ll be able to tailor the MA Sound (Production) course's content to your own style and skills. -
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Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Tileyard Education
London, United Kingdom +2 More

The MA Commercial Songwriting and Production, validated by Nottingham Trent University, is an industry-driven practical MA Programme that strikes a necessary balance between t ... +

The MA Commercial Songwriting and Production, validated by Nottingham Trent University, is an industry-driven practical MA Programme that strikes a necessary balance between traditional creative songwriting and production practice and a critical evaluation of specialised tools, techniques and case studies unique to the current music and entertainment industries. -
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Full-time
English
Jan 2022
Campus
Online
 
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Ghent, Belgium

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 contemporary ... +

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 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. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 

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Kent State University - College of the Arts
Kent, USA

The Master of Arts - Music Composition is designed to advance the music composition creative skills of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. T ... +

The Master of Arts - Music Composition is designed to advance the music composition creative skills of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. The program emphasizes mastery of composition of large-scale works for media including orchestra, choir, band and/or chamber music ensembles. Based on a solid undergraduate music degree, the master’s degree further develops abilities in music theory including analytical, aural, written, keyboard, and pedagogical skills. The program further develops breadth and depth in the area of Western music history and literature. Students are required to write a thesis composition. -
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Leeds College of Music
Leeds, United Kingdom

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 a ... +

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). -
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Part-time
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The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
London, United Kingdom

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

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. -
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Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Tileyard Education
London, United Kingdom

The MA Commercial Songwriting and Production (Online Blended), validated by Nottingham Trent University, is an industry-driven practical MA Programme that strikes a necessary ... +

The MA Commercial Songwriting and Production (Online Blended), validated by Nottingham Trent University, is an industry-driven practical MA Programme that strikes a necessary balance between traditional creative songwriting and production practice and a critical evaluation of specialised tools, techniques and case studies unique to the current music and entertainment industries. -
MA
Full-time
English
Aug 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Leeds College of Music
Leeds, United Kingdom

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 a ... +

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). -
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