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19 Masters Programs in Composition

A masters degree in composition is a post graduate degree program that is designed to help the music practitioners and graduates in the program to build a strong and confident practice through the creation of awareness and the interaction between them and the current contexts, both in professional practice and in practical research. The masters program provides the students with an opportunity to… Read more

A masters degree in composition is a post graduate degree program that is designed to help the music practitioners and graduates in the program to build a strong and confident practice through the creation of awareness and the interaction between them and the current contexts, both in professional practice and in practical research. The masters program provides the students with an opportunity to investigate the existing relationships between their own field of practice and the questions that arise out of their studies that involve art and composition.

The masters program takes two years if on full=time basis. Alternatively, the program takes longer when one enrolls on a part time basis. This kind of study system ensures that the students have the ample time they require to develop the advanced skills in composition which is not possible when taking a bachelors program. Compositions undertaken in the masters program are lengthy and quite complex. Therefore, the duration of the program is ideal in tackling the complex assignments.

The candidates in the program can specialize in a specific field within the program. Specializations available include: music technology, jazz, electro-acoustic, orchestral, ensemble, and music theater compositions. However, the students are encouraged to develop skills in all these areas in order to increase their marketability in the job market. The different aspects in the different genres may also be used in combination for a successful composition project.

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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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Lund University
Malmö, Sweden

The Master’s Programme in Music aims to educate musicians possessing a high level of artistic and professional ability. We offer specialisations in Composition, Composition – ... +

The Master’s Programme in Music aims to educate musicians possessing a high level of artistic and professional ability. We offer specialisations in Composition, Composition – Scoring for Film and Media, Guitar, Harpsichord, Jazz Improvisation, Music Drama – Répétiteur, Piano, Recorder, Symphony Orchestra Instruments, and Vocal Studies or Vocal and Drama Studies. On completion of the programme, the student must have well-developed knowledge and skills in order to work in a professional capacity in various forms – either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble or in freely formed groups. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, USA

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with concentration options in composition, conducting, music education, and performance. The program seeks to provide an op ... +

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with concentration options in composition, conducting, music education, and performance. The program seeks to provide an opportunity for the highest level of musical development and professional training for each student, appropriate for careers in teaching, performance, and composition of music. Conducting majors will undertake a comprehensive study of the literature of their medium, develop advanced insights into the musical ideas and structure of the major works, and refine their conducting and rehearsal skills. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 

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University of Hull
Hull, United Kingdom

The MMus programme is sector-leading, allowing unequaled specialisation and mixing of interests in a wide variety of areas including performance, composition (acoustic, electr ... +

The MMus programme is sector-leading, allowing unequaled specialisation and mixing of interests in a wide variety of areas including performance, composition (acoustic, electroacoustic, sonic arts), conducting, music technology, recording, production, pedagogy, film music, aesthetics, philosophy, semiotics, historical and critical musicology, jazz studies, popular music studies, music psychology, theory and analysis. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA

Develop your skills as a music composer in a conservatory-like setting in this master of a music program, working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized compos ... +

Develop your skills as a music composer in a conservatory-like setting in this master of a music program, working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers. Specialize in traditional composition, electronic composition, or composing for film or music theatre. You will be actively involved in the performance of your work, collaborating with composers, musicians, and other artists, at NYU and throughout New York City. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 semesters
English
Oct 2022
07 Jan 2022
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
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. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
 
Royal College Of Music In Stockholm (KMH)
Östermalm, Sweden

Studying a Master's Programme in Composition at KMH means being in a creative environment with sound and music creation in focus. For a long time, we have trained the most out ... +

Studying a Master's Programme in Composition at KMH means being in a creative environment with sound and music creation in focus. For a long time, we have trained the most outstanding composers in jazz music, operating both nationally and internationally. In the Master's Programme in Composition you can choose between three different profiles: Electroacoustic Music Jazz Western Art Music You choose one of these but may study some courses with students in the other profiles. The purpose of the programme is to educate composers for the national and international music scene. -
Master
English, Swedish
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Folkwang University of the Arts (Folkwang Universität der Künste)
Essen, Germany

The course Dance Composition (M.A.) is offered in three branches: Choreography, Interpretation, and Movement Notation / Movement Analysis. The studies include the following ma ... +

The course Dance Composition (M.A.) is offered in three branches: Choreography, Interpretation, and Movement Notation / Movement Analysis. The studies include the following main study areas: majors, theory, and observation / practical experience. -
Master
German
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Frankfurt University Of Music And Performing Arts
Frankfurt, Germany

The Master’s program in composition aims to enable the student to develop a clear personal artistic profile. It allows students to broaden their horizons in a specific way as ... +

The Master’s program in composition aims to enable the student to develop a clear personal artistic profile. It allows students to broaden their horizons in a specific way as well as to develop comprehensive practical skills to tackle the issues associated with composing music. The central focus of the program is an extensive composition project (e.g. a composition for music theater, ensemble or orchestra, a surround sound project, an interdisciplinary project, a performative project, or an electronic or live electronic composition). The content and format should be outlined in an exposé (see entrance examination below) and agreed with the head of studies. Students should approach all aspects of the project through research, discursive reflection, and practical experimentation. The contents of the program will be adapted to the needs and requirements of the respective project and hence to the needs of the individual student. -
Master
German
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Texas Christian University College of Fine Arts
Fort Worth, USA

Rhythm and meter, melody and harmony, tones of shadow and light. TCU’s music theory and composition students explore these underlying principles of music. You’ll learn from fi ... +

Rhythm and meter, melody and harmony, tones of shadow and light. TCU’s music theory and composition students explore these underlying principles of music. You’ll learn from five full-time faculty composers and theorists, as well as several other accomplished composers, in a highly selective program offering individual instruction and mentoring. -
Master
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music
Madison, USA

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison Mead Witter School of Music composition area offers multi-faceted and comprehensive degrees in composition, with the opportunity to st ... +

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison Mead Witter School of Music composition area offers multi-faceted and comprehensive degrees in composition, with the opportunity to study with leading composers in the field. With multiple seminars in composition, including those offered on film music, text setting, and ensemble writing, and intensive orchestration courses, highlighted by the end of semester orchestral readings, there are many important and useful course offerings for composers. -
Master
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Montpelier, USA

Our program—the first of its kind—lets you find your own creative voice, pursue your professional interests, build a body of work, and join a global community of musicians and ... +

Our program—the first of its kind—lets you find your own creative voice, pursue your professional interests, build a body of work, and join a global community of musicians and composers. -
Master
English
Sep 2021
 
Sungkyul University
Anyang, South Korea

The major in Composition has students research creative music theory and techniques through practical tutorials and write unique and fresh works, based on basic music subjects ... +

The major in Composition has students research creative music theory and techniques through practical tutorials and write unique and fresh works, based on basic music subjects which are composed of music analysis, counterpoint, orchestration, and contemporary music. Although, through practice with computer music, its access to information music for the 21st century is active. From different angles, it approaches creative activities, which are fundamental in all music acts, to produce new composers who will shoulder the future of Korean musical circles. Focusing on church music, also helps them increase the ability to express God's inspiring message of truth. -
Master
Korean
Mar 2022
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 ... +

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). -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Campus