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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Music Composition - MM

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Master of Music in Music Composition

Music Composition – MM5185

School of Music
497 Glidden Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

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

  1. Develop advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization.
  2. Demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty.
  3. Produce a final project or equivalent reviewed by more than one faculty member.

Further Information

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

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.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.  

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours as follows:

Required Courses

Complete the following courses for a minimum of 15 hours:

Music Theory and History Electives

A minimum of 9 hours in music theory and history from the lists below is required. Students must select either 1) at least 6 hours of music theory and 3 hours of music history or 2) at least 3 hours of music theory and 6 hours of music history.

Additional Music Electives

Complete at least 4 additional hours from graduate-level MUS courses, as approved by the program director.

Culminating Experience

Students in the Music Composition program must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • Comprehensive oral exam
  • Thesis defense
  • Composition recital

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