Music Composition - M.A.

College of the Arts
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2172
schoolofmusic@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/music


Description

The Master of Arts degree in Music Composition is designed to advance the music composition creative skills of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. The program emphasizes mastery of composition of large-scale works for media including orchestra, choir, band and/or chamber music ensembles. Based on a solid undergraduate music degree, the master's degree further develops abilities in music theory including analytical, aural, written, keyboard and pedagogical skills. The program further develops breadth and depth in the area of Western music history and literature.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts(s)
  • 3.00 GPA
  • Portfolio of original compositions
  • Goal statement(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 74 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 50 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students compile a body of completed compositions.
  2. Students demonstrate and apply compositional techniques for creation of new works including musical style and structure.
  3. Students analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods and communicate results in written and oral formats.
  4. Students are able to recognize, identify, and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  5. Students are able to communicate knowledge of composition, theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.
 
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[CA-MM-MCMP]

Major Requirements
MUS 58251PEDAGOGY OF MUSIC THEORY 2
MUS 61211COMPOSITION 8
MUS 62411MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS 2
MUS 68199THESIS I 16
Music Electives0-2
Ensemble2
Music History, choose from the following:4-6
AMERICA'S MUSIC
HISTORY OF JAZZ
MUSIC FROM WORLD CULTURES
MUSIC HISTORY I
MUSIC HISTORY II
MUSIC HISTORY III
MUSIC HISTORY IV
Music Theory, choose from the following: 26-7
16TH-CENTURY COUNTERPOINT
18TH-CENTURY COUNTERPOINT
SCHENKERIAN ANALYSIS
ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES I
ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES II
WORLD MUSIC ANALYSIS
POST-TONAL THEORY
SEMINAR IN MUSIC SINCE 1900
Minimum Total Credit Hours:32
1

Students writing a thesis must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and the student’s major area of study. The final oral examination may be attempted two times.

2

Choose based on Theory Placement Exam. Theory Placement Exam may place students into Theory Practicum. This undergraduate course does not count towards degree credit and must be taken in addition to the graduate Music Theory requirements. Analytical techniques I and/or II may be required.