Master of Music in Music Composition
Music Composition – MM5185
School of Music
497 Glidden Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring
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.
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. The Ohio Unversity Composers Association frequently brings in world renowned performers who give master classes, workshops, and read/record student works.
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 a first-rate electronic and computer music program centered around a multi-station lab and a surround sound studio equipped with a variety of commercial and custom software and is available for student use about 80 hours a week.
Expected time to degree with full-time study is two years.
Program Learning Outcomes
In successfully pursuing an Ohio University Master of Music degree, students will
- Develop advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization.
- Demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty.
- Produce a final project or equivalent reviewed by more than one faculty member.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/graduate/composition
Link to Program Handbook: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/student-resources-materials
- 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.
This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.
Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours as follows: