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Music Composition - M.A.

COLLEGE: College of the Arts
DEPARTMENT: School of Music
E101 Music and Speech Center
Tel: 330-672-2172
Fax: 330-672-7837
DESCRIPTION: The Master of Arts in Music Composition is for students who have experience as composers of solo, chamber and large ensemble works. A prior portfolio is required for admission.
Official transcripts(s); portfolio of original compositions; three letters of recommendation; and academic paper written in English
Minimum 32 total credit hours.
A maximum of two ensemble credit hours may be applied toward degree requirements. Students must petition the Graduate Studies Committee to count additional ensemble  hours toward degree requirements. Piano performance majors may satisfy the ensemble requirement with MUS 55311 and/or MUS 55321.

Music ensembles are open to all qualified university students upon satisfactory audition. Membership in music organizations is not limited to music majors and minors. All master’s students are required to participate in an ensemble for two semesters. One summer session is considered equivalent to one semester.
The Master of Arts program requires a thesis.

All students writing a thesis or essay must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis or essay and the student’s major area of study. A student electing the two-recital option must pass a final oral examination covering literature performed in recitals and the student’s areas of performance and study in the degree. Those completing a coursework option must pass a final oral examination covering all of the coursework in the master’s degree program. The final oral examination may be attempted two times.
Candidates for the Master of Arts degree program in musicology or ethnomusicology must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language, normally German or French. With the approval of the advisor and the graduate studies committee, other languages may be substituted, especially for the student in ethnomusicology. Credit hours earned in meeting this requirement are not applicable toward the credit-hour requirement in the degree program.
ACCREDITATION: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)