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M.M. in Theory-Composition

* This site offers basic guidelines for Degree completion. The department may have additional restrictions in addition to the information below. Please see the Graduate Course Catalog for more information.

In addition to the application process required by the Office of Graduate Studies, applicants seeking the Master of Music in Theory-Composition must interview with and be accepted by the appropriate music faculty.

The Master of Music in Theory/Composition is structured so that the student may place emphasis on either theory** or composition***.
 
**     Applicants who choose a concentration in theory must present evidence of previous analytical work
***   Applicants who choose a concentration in composition must present a representative selection of compositions for evaluation

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Music from an accredited four-year institution, with a concentration in theory or composition, or any other undergraduate music degree that includes four semester of music theory, a music history survey, and advanced undergraduate courses in theory, composition, orchestra, counterpoint, or music history totaling at least 12 semester hours
  • Review of undergraduate analytical or compositional achievement through an on campus interview (see Graduate Audition Request Form)
  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA 3.0 is preferred

Please note additional program requirements. For general admission requirements, please see the Application Procedures.

This degree requires successful completion of 30 hours of coursework, which is divided between theory or composition courses, as well as history and studio instruction and electives. A thesis (theory project or composition) and comprehensive oral examination are also required.

M.M. in Theory-Composition - Theory emphasis

Program Requirements Hours
1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level courses, with a minimum of 18 hours at the 600 level, including:
Core Curriculum:
MUS 521 Music Bibliography 3
MUS 624 Analytic Techniques 3
Theory course work:
MUS 650 Pedagogy of Theory
MUS 5xx or 6xx (theory or composition courses)
3
3
Music history and studio instruction 9
Thesis: MUS 695 3
Elective courses in supporting areas of arts and sciences, professional education, music or music education 6
2. Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement) 0
3. Final Comprehensive Oral Examination 0
TOTAL HOURS FOR DEGREE 30

M.M. in Theory-Composition - Composition emphasis

Program Requirements Hours
1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level courses, with a minimum of 18 hours at the 600 level, including:
Core Curriculum:
MUS 521 Music Bibliography 3
MUS 624 Analytic Techniques 3
Composition Course work:  2 courses
MUS 609 - 612 Composition
6
Music history and studio instruction 9
Thesis: MUS 695 3
Elective courses in supporting areas of fine arts, arts and sciences, professional education, music or music education 6
2. Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement) 0
3. Final Comprehensive Oral Examination 0
TOTAL HOURS FOR DEGREE 30

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