Music Composition, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13000
    Tuition (Year)
    5500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The MA Composition at Maynooth University provides a supportive yet stimulating environment in which to develop your individual compositional style. The focus of the course is the creation of a professional portfolio of compositions, supported by regular one-to-one tuition from the experienced composers in the Department of Music.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Core modules in contemporary compositional technique and the study of works and writings of other composers help broaden your compositional focus and allow you to develop your own voice in the exciting world of contemporary music. These activities are complimented by regular talks and consultations with visiting professional composers and opportunities for performance of your works by visiting performers and student ensembles.

Career Options

Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as composer (for media and art-music), arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, essayist/critic, and in fields such as arts management and broadcasting amongst others. The skills developed in the MA in Composition are transferable to many diverse areas of employment beyond the creative industries, including primary, secondary and third-level education, research based careers (e.g. research and consultative work, not only in the arts but also general public sector organisations), and administrative or managerial roles.

For example, non-arts-based companies also look for creative, independent employees and their particular skillset. Key skills are developed throughout the course, such as:

  • Identifying, analysing and solving problems;
  • Prioritising tasks, coping with complexity, setting achievable goals and taking action;
  • Working independently and as a team;
  • Communicating (both orally and in writing);
  • Demonstrating confidence and motivation to start and finish the job, adaptability/flexibility, creativity, initiative, leadership, decision-making, negotiating and the ability to cope with stress;
  • Applying and exploiting information technology;
  • Demonstrating critical evaluation of the outcomes of the professional practice;
  • Reflecting on and evaluate one's own practice

Postgraduate options - The MA in Composition also prepares students for doctoral study in composition.

Programme Structure

  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 585

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 95

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13000 International
  • EUR 5500 EU/EEA

Funding

For information on US Financial Aid please visit http://international.nuim.ie/usfinancialaid

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