Music Composition, MM

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The MM program in composition focuses on the development of skills necessary to pursue a career in music composition. Student composers learn through experiential opportunities, including composing for instrumental and vocal colleagues in a variety of genres, leading to performances of their works in venues on campus and off. Project-based experiences including working with the Visiting Quartet Residency program, creating new works for student string quartets while coaching this repertoire with guest artists. Collaboration with music scholars, theorists, performers, educators and other composers under the guidance of renowned composition faculty provide students with a broad and well-rounded foundation for advanced careers in music.

Program offered

Music Composition, MM

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program requirements

The credit hour requirements for the degree are distributed as follows:

composition (9 credit hours)
electives (8 credit hours)
music theory and music history (9 credit hours)
thesis (6 credit hours)

The thesis is an original composition that demonstrates mastery of composing for the selected performance medium and the coherent organization of musical material.

Additional Curriculum Requirements
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music.

Additional information about degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets.

Information about this program

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