MA in Composition

Arditti Quartet in residence at UB including works by UB graduate composers.

Course requirements

The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the MA degree in Composition. In all cases, a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his/her academic advisor.  Customized tracks, involving substitutions for required and elective courses, are encouraged. These must be planned in advance with the advisor and will require the approval of the Music Department Graduate Committee.

Course Semesters Credits

MUS 627/628 Composition 

4 16

MUS 627/628 Seminar* 

(2-4) (4-8)
     
Students may choose from the following courses for a total of 2 semesters and 8 credits: 2 8

MUS 619/620 Advanced Orchestration 

   

MUS 607/608 Contemporary Music Materials (post-1950)

   

MUS 511/512 Electronic Music

   
     
Students may choose from the following courses for a total of 1 semester and 4 credits: 1 4
MUS 625 Notation I    
MUS 525-528 Survey of Music History    
MUS 529 Music Survey 1900-1945    
MUS 530 Music Since 1945    
     
Students may choose from the following courses for a total of 1 semester and 4 credits: 1 4
MUS 517 Studies in Music History    
MUS 515 Studies in Music History    
     
Students may choose from the following courses for a total of 1 semester and 4 credits: 1 4
MUS 554/555 Studies in Music Theory    
MUS 621 Schenker Studies I    
MUS 629 Pitch Structures I    
     
Total   36

*Recommended

Examinations

A portfolio of at least three representative works completed while in residence, accompanied by a recording if possible.

Retention standards

All degree coursework must be completed with grades of "A," B," or "S."