Graduate Study


Composition & Music Theory

Graduate student Matthew McLean in a lesson with composer Dr. Jeffrey Miller Graduate student Matthew McLean in a lesson with composer Dr. Jeffrey Miller

The composition and music theory areas of emphasis are designed for students who wish to continue developing toward a professional level as composers or who wish to further their study of music theory. Most students in this program aim toward careers as professional composers, arrangers, and teachers. Some continue into doctoral programs at other universities. Composition students have opportunities to hear their works performed on regularly-scheduled composition recitals as well as occasional opportunities for performance by the department's major ensembles. Composition students are given a sixty-minute lesson each week. The successful completion of a substantial original composition, accompanied by a written analysis, is required for students in this area with a composition emphasis. A standard research thesis is required for students in the area of music theory.


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