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9 MA Programs in Performing Arts Music Composition 2024



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MA Programs in Performing Arts Music 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 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.