M.A. Music Composition

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
The MA in Composition is designed to impart, through a very focused roster of courses, the aesthetic and technical skills needed to develop an individual’s personal artistic voice. Courses covering revolutionary 20th and 21st century compositional techniques, creative uses of technology and contemporary aesthetics have been carefully developed to spur on new ways of creating music and engaging with society through composition.

Description of Music Composition

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The MA in Composition is designed to impart, through a very focused roster of courses, the aesthetic and technical skills needed to develop an individual’s personal artistic voice. Courses covering revolutionary 20th and 21st century compositional techniques, creative uses of technology and contemporary aesthetics have been carefully developed to spur on new ways of creating music and engaging with society through composition.

Career Options

Numerous career options are available: composer, arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, arts management, essayist/ critic, etc. In addition many ‘non-arts’ based companies also look for creative, independent employees; traits that this course cultivates.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 31 March.15 August
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4841 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Course Structure

The course is taught over two semesters. There are 6 taught courses led by four of Ireland’s most experienced composers. The degree will culminate in a portfolio of original compositions, putting into practice and developing upon what is demonstrated throughout the course.

Course Duration: 1 year Full-time

Courses Include:

  • Interactive systems
  • Electroacoustic composition
  • Software sound synthesis
  • Sound recording techniques
  • Acoustics & psychoacoustics
  • Portfolio of compositions
  • Contemporary compositional techniques I
  • Contemporary compositional techniques II
  • Aesthetics of 20th/21st century music
  • Styles & ideas

Requirements for Music Composition

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Applicants will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.

Submission of examples of recent composition to the course convenor at the time of application demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 Bachelor Degree level composition skills. Competition for places applies.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Work Experience for Music Composition

No work experience is required.

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Maynooth University, Ireland

Ireland Experience the best of both worlds at Maynooth University, the first and only university outside North America to be included in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook. Maynooth University is Ireland’s fastest growing university with almost 9,000 students from over 90 countries and offers students a tradition of academic and research excellence in the humanities and sciences, and some of the most modern facilities available in Irish universities. The historical South Campus dates back to 1795 and the modern North Campus has been continuously improving the facilities built since 1997.