The student-centered campus emphasizes the arts with its programs and facilities,
and we dedicate ourselves to helping students become excellent musicians whether they
are interested in being teachers, performers or composers, sound recording engineers
or music therapists. The broad range of majors in the music school provides students
with many opportunities to experiment, perform, create and grow in preparation for
successful careers of their choice.
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
- Undergraduate studies in music equivalent to a Bachelor of Music degree with a major
in theory or composition, or any other undergraduate music degree which includes four
semesters of music theory (equivalent to SUNY Fredonia's (MUS) 121-122, 123-124, 221-222,
223-354), a music history survey (equivalent to (MUS) 263 and 264), and advanced undergraduate
courses in theory, composition, orchestration, counterpoint, or music history totaling
at least 12 semester hours.
- Review of undergraduate analytical or compositional achievement through an on campus
- Minimum Undergraduate GPA 3.0 is preferred.
- A completed graduate application.
- MUS 521 Music Bibliography
- MUS 624 Analytic Techniques
- An additional 24 credit hours of graduate-level courses (minimum of 15 credit hours
at the 600 level)
- 9 credit hours of music history and studio instruction
- 6 credit hours of elective courses in supporting areas of the fine arts, arts and
sciences, professional education, music, or music education
- Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement)
- Final Comprehensive Oral Examination
- 6 credit hours of theory and composition courses (MUS 614 Pedagogy of Theory must
- MUS 695 Thesis (theory project)
- 6 credit hours of theory and composition courses, which must include two semesters
(6 credit hours) of composition
- MUS 695 Thesis (large-scale composition)
Total Credit Hours: 30
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