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Master of Music in Composition


Semester Credits

Ensemble (ENS 200–599)


Music History (MMT 702, MHL 600–799)1


Career and Professional Development


Advanced Musicianship MMT 202/203


Musicianship and Music Theory (MMT 602, MMT 604)2


Composition Seminar PRF 402R (or ½ credit every semester enrolled)


Private Instruction PVL 600






1 . See the Graduate Music History Curriculum section under the Graduate Curriculum Outline for more details.
2 . Credits earned from MMT 602 or MMT 604 will not count toward the overall credits required to graduate. Exemption tests are given for MMT 602 and 604. Successful completion of these examinations will result in exemption from the class, but without earning credits.
3 . Courses numbered GED 202–590, MMT 202–799 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND and MHL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

Students who place into MMT 602 (Musicianship Review) must take it in the first year, before enrolling in Advanced Musicianship in the second year.

Recitals and Juries

Graduate students are expected to produce a major work ("thesis") toward their degree. The thesis is to be of substantial length (15–20 minutes) and of a sustained and unified nature. The thesis is to be discussed with the instructor. One goal of the thesis is to demonstrate mastery of all compositional elements. Three copies of the thesis are to be given to the Department Chair before the graduation recital.

During the first year, at least 20 minutes of music must be completed and performed. ("Readings" may not be included, except of orchestral pieces.) During the second year, the candidate may present either one full recital in the final semester of work or two half-recitals within the last two semesters of work. (A full recital is defined as about 45–60 minutes of music.) Works performed must have been composed during the time the composer was a student at the Conservatory.

In both years, any pieces to be performed must be reviewed with the student's composition professor in advance and approved by the professor for presentation. At least one week before a performance, two scores for each work being presented should be given to the chair of the composition department.  Criteria in evaluation of graduate composition recitals include versatility, imagination and pleasure as well as competence in working with musical materials. Also taken into account will be competence in aspects of modern musical technique such as orchestration, instrumentation, text setting, the use of electronics and the preparation/presentation of the music.