Houghton College

12 months
645 USD/credit
645 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Greatbatch School of Music is committed to fostering the active participation of gifted and well-trained Christian composers in the life of contemporary society, inside and outside of the Christian community. The Composition program is offered by Houghton College.


To that end, we offer a program at Houghton College of study for composers of demonstrated talent and accomplishment who aspire to excellence in the writing of music of various types, including symphonic and chamber music, opera, and other instrumental and choral/vocal works for the concert hall and/or the church, as well as music for film, television, and other media.

Admission to the Master of Music program in composition is highly selective. Candidates are expected to have completed a bachelor of music degree in Composition, or have an equivalent level of compositional ability as demonstrated by a significant portfolio of original works. Substantial proficiency on a major instrument is required.

Program Objective

Each student will be encouraged:

  • to explore a wide variety of compositional techniques and methods, with an eye toward further developing strong compositional craft.
  • to develop a personally unique compositional style or language.
  • to consider stylistic eclecticism as the dominant compositional ethos of the postmodern world.  At least some compositional assignments will deliberately demand the learning of new musical languages.
  • to become involved in the activities of professional compositional societies.
  • to articulate a personal plan of action concerning establishment as a composer within Christian worship and fellowship communities, as well as to consider and articulate any unique contributions of music composed from a Christian worldview to wider musical and cultural communities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Topics in Music History
  • Sixteenth Century Counterpoint
  • Form and Analysis
  • Synthesizer/Computer Applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Download application (PDF), or
  • Apply online
  • Graded Sample of Undergraduate Upper-Level Academic Writing in Music (preferably a history or analysis paper)
  • Repertoire List (see application for guidelines)
  • Transcript(s)
  • official undergraduate transcript(s)
  • official graduate transcript(s) if applicable
  • Personal Statement (see application for guidelines)
  • Audition Registration Form (You may Register Online.)
  • Include Accompanist Request for Audition (if applicable)
  • Scores for Accompanist (if applicable)
  • Application Fee ($40), unless received by Nov. 1.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    645 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 645 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    645 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 645 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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