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

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishi ... Read more

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a Read less
MA
01 September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
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 ... Read more

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. Read less
MA
01 September 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater to 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. Read less
MA
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
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 ... Read more

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). Read less
MA
16 September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
 
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 ... Read more

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. Read less
MA
01 August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Iceland University of the Arts
Reykjavík, Iceland

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 t ... Read more

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. Read less
MA
19 August 2020
Full-time
2 years
29 March 2019
English
Campus
 
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 ... Read more

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. Read less
MA
01 September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
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 ... Read more

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). Read less
MA
01 August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
Campus