Composers are responsible for creating some of the most popular works of art in history: the trademark arias of renowned opera singers, catchy jingles from popular commercials and Oscar-winning songs scores to blockbuster films, among others.
Through the Music: Composition program offered at the University of Oklahoma, students develop a personal voice in composition as they prepare for a professional career in music composition, music theory or for advanced academic study.
Students in the program develop a working knowledge of composition techniques, including those related to technological innovations in the field, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), electronic music, orchestration, notation, experimental music and conducting.
Throughout their course of study, students have access to School of Music ensembles and instrumental and vocal students who regularly perform student compositions and offer reading sessions. Composition students also benefit from the university's leadership in music technology. They have access to a comprehensive collection of computers and electronic music equipment, including a state-of-the-art digital recording studio. Through the program, students develop a personal voice in composition as they prepare for a professional career in music composition, music theory or for advanced academic study.
In addition to general university admission requirements, Composition students must pass an instrumental audition before enrolling in the College of Fine Arts.
Interests & Skills
Composition students typically have interests in music performance, theory and technique, along with songwriting, musical movements and history. High school preparation should include training in instrumental technique, sightreading and performance experience.
OU's reputation for excellence attracts accomplished students from throughout the country, enhancing the overall educational experience of Music students. Graduates of the program regularly fill highly prestigious performance and academic posts and are highly sought to present concerts, workshops and master classes at conferences around the United States.
The OU School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
- Bibliography and Research in Music
- Musicology/Music Literature
- Music Theory
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DisciplinesMusic Music Composition View 1122 other Masters in Music in United States
- Attending at least two years and graduating from a high school in the United States or another country where English is the first language.
- Completing at least 24 credit hours at an accredited college or university in the United States or another country where English is the first language.
- Earning a bachelor’s degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States or another country where English is the first language.
- Successfully completing the OU Track intensive English language program at OU's Center for English as a Second Language (CESL).
International40558 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20279 USD per semester during 24 months.
National35004 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17502 USD per semester during 24 months.
In-State12050 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6025 USD per semester during 24 months.
- Tuition per 18 credit hours
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