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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Music Composition - MM

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Degree Title: Master of Music

Program Name and Number: Music Composition - MM5185

Department/Unit: School of Music

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: [Fall | Spring]

Program Mission: The graduate degree program in music composition at Ohio University offers specialized training in music composition, complemented by a well-balanced, advanced education in music history and theory, as well as orchestration and electronic/computer music.

Program Learning Objectives: Program Overview: Music composition at Ohio University is taught in private or semiprivate lessons with their major professor. Three semesters of private study are required for the master’s degree in composition, but most students take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in composition as an elective whenever their schedules permit. The degree culminates with a composition thesis–a large-scale musical work–and a composition recital.

Students have the opportunity to hear their music read or performed by School of Music ensembles such as the orchestra, wind symphony, or concert band. Composition department recitals provide valuable opportunities for young composers to hear their chamber music performed.

Ohio University also has strong programs in film, video, theater, and dance. Student composers are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities outside the School of Music by composing music for student films, videos, theater productions, and dance concerts. The School of Music has an electronic and computer music program centered around a multistation Mac lab and a surround sound studio, which is available for advanced student projects.

Link to Program: http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/music/academics/programs/composition.cfm#grad

Link to Program Handbook: http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/music/academics/programs/upload/Composition-9-17-14-copy.pdf

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Minimum semester hours required: 30 hours
  2. Qualifying exam: No
  3. Placement Exam (beginning of studies): Yes
  4. Thesis requirement: Yes (thesis defense with committee approval required)
  5. Comprehensive oral exam (near conclusion of study): Yes
  6. Composition Recital: Yes
  7. Expected time to degree if studying fulltime: 2 years

Culminating Experience: This degree culminates with a composition thesis (a large scale musical work) and a composition recital.

Admission Requirements:

  • a portfolio of compositions
  • an artist statement that includes how this degree fits into your education and career goals.
  • three letters of recommendation from professional you are acquainted with your work.

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