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Music, Composition Concentration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

Students specialize in the areas of performance, jazz, music education, composition, and music therapy, and learn from world-class faculty, including the Shanghai Quartet. Students perform in the elegant Leshowitz Recital Hall, practice on Steinway pianos, and have access to the unique Harry Partch Instrumentarium for the study of microtonal music. The School presents over 200 performances and masterclasses each year by students, faculty, and guest artists. Students perform off-campus and on tour in the U.S. and abroad, and may study abroad through international exchange programs in several countries.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Montclair State University is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Montclair State University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Music I
  • Applied Music II
  • Applied Music III
  • Applied Music IV
  • Musical Style and Analysis
  • Music Systems of Analysis and Composition
  • Private Study in Composition I
  • Private Study in Composition II
  • Seminar in Historical Research
  • Independent Study in Theory/Composition
  • Selected Topic in Music I
  • Selected Topics in Music II
  • Selected Problems in Music History and Analysis
  • Performance Practice in the Baroque Era
  • Performance Practice in the Classical Era
  • Music Since 1960
  • Development of the Opera I
  • Development of the Opera II.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    83

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Send your $60 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcripts are required from every college or university you have attended – they need to be in their original sealed envelopes. 
  • GRE scores
  • Applicants with a non-US degree: In lieu of a transcript, please submit a course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information of your coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          1030 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 1030 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
        • National

          1030 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 1030 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
        • In-State

          713 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 713 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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        Living costs for Montclair

        • 1673 - 4120 USD/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

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