07.02.04 MA - Major in Composition
Prerequisites: Prerequisites for the MA in Composition include at least 18 credit hours in undergraduate composition courses or the equivalent, at least 12 credit hours of lower division theory courses, and at least 12 credit hours of upper division courses in counterpoint and orchestration or equivalent. In addition, before admission to the masterís program, at least one large-scale work for ensemble should have been composed.
Residency: At least one year of full-time study is required. See section 05.01 (Residency) for more information.
Upon entry to the program, masterís students take placement exams in music theory and history. If remediation is required, the appropriate courses are taken, but their credit does not count towards the masterís degree program of study. The same is true of any English language instruction that is required.
Residency: one year of full-time study required. See section 05.01 (Residency) for more information.
|CMP 401, 402 (Advanced Composition)||6|
|CMP 491, 492 (Composition Symposium)||2|
|CMP 421, 422 (Advanced Computer Music Techniques)||6|
|CMP 412 (Compositional Practice ca. 1925-1955)||3|
|CMP 495 (MA Thesis)*|
There are two components of the thesis: 1.) an extended composition for ensemble prepared under the guidance of the thesis advisor and 2.) an essay on a philosophical, analytical, or theoretical topic relevant to the art and/or craft of contemporary composition. The complete thesis will be reviewed by a committee of faculty who will evaluate the work. The committee's approval of the thesis is a necessary prerequisite to degree conferral.
|Electives: chosen in consultation with the advisor depending on the background, needs, and special interests of the student. Electives may include 3 credits of CMP 590 (Seminar in Composition). At least 9 credits must be in areas other than composition and applied study.||9-12|
If required by placement exams, these courses do not count toward total credits for the degree. See section 05.03 (Placement Examinations and Remediation) for further information.
|Total Minimum Credits*||34|
*For students who enrolled prior to fall 2010, CMP 495 MA Thesis requirement is 6 credits and total credits requirement is 32-35 credits.
**For students who matriculate prior to fall 2012, the total number of credits for the degree is 31-37.