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Music Composition, M.Mus.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (ARWU) ,
Situated amid the vibrant cultural milieu that is Brooklyn, the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Performance, Composition, Musicology, and Music Education, along with Advanced Certificate programs in Music Education and Performance, a post-master's Advanced Diploma in Performance, and new M.F.A. programs in Sonic Arts and Media Scoring. 

About

The 30-credit master of music degree in composition is the degree for a composer who seeks advanced study in composition. A key feature is weekly private composition lessons (for four semesters) with a member of our internationally acclaimed faculty. Residencies are available within the Conservatory's numerous ensembles and the orchestra, and a broad range of compositional styles is encouraged. At least two concerts per semester exclusively feature the work of Conservatory students. Students also complete a minimum of three seminars in style criticism, music history, and music theory.

Full instrumental scholarships are available for string, woodwind, and brass applicants. Study with world-class faculty and receive professional training while being part of a great academic institution. Conservatory alumni are flourishing in their field, performing in orchestras, opera houses, night clubs, and cutting-edge concert venues, fostering arts organizations and festivals, and teaching in schools across the country and around the world.

The Conservatory is anxiously anticipating the completion of our new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts, which promises to become one of the borough’s premiere performance venues.

Programme Structure

Courses: 

  • Seminar in Composition I
  • Seminar in Composition II
  • Seminar in Composition III
  • Seminar in Style Criticism
  • Special Topics Seminar: History
  • Seminar in American Music
  • Seminar in Jazz History
  • Seminar in Performance Practices
  • Ethnomusicology
  • History of Jazz I
  • Special Topics Seminar: Theory
  • Seminar in Music Theory: Analysis of Tonal Music
  • Seminar in Music Theory: Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music
  • Seminar in Music: Philosophy of Music

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio - The portfolio should consist of from three to five pieces showing the range of music created by the composer. A variety of types of works are preferred, from solo, to ensemble, to electronic, to works with media. 
Music that can be notated (conventionally or non-conventionally) should be submitted in Adobe PDF format as a publication ready document. A recording of the piece may also be provided in mp3 format for audio only or mp4 format for audio with video. No audio of MIDI playback (such as Sibelius or Finale playback) should be sent unless the MIDI playback represents the final version of the piece. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    10770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5385 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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