Master of Music in Composition (M.M.)

The M.M. in Music Composition requires composition lessons and courses in music technology and theory. The thesis project for this degree consists of composing a major work. Teaching Assistantship are available but highly competitive.

The mission of the Master of Music in Composition is:

  • To provide the highest quality and most educational and creative environment for work relating to the creation and understanding of music;
  • To foster advancement in composition; 
  • To provide students with advanced work in the filed of composition and thus enabling a career in professional or scholarly pursuit of music;
  • To substantially contribute to the Frost School of Music's role as a regional, national, and international nexus for the creation and understanding of music.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide training for students to develop advanced compositional skills;
  • To prepare students to meet the needs and challenges of the musician in the 21st century;
  • To provide students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to complete independent and original work in the field;
  • To give students an advanced knowledge of music as performers, composers, or listeners, enlarging and enhancing their musical interests and abilities.

To apply to be accepted into the degree, the student must submit a Graduate Composition Portfolio of his/her works (three scores and three recordings). To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the student must do an interview with the department faculty.

For more information regarding curriculum, please visit the Academic Bulletin.