Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music in Composition is:

  • To provide the highest quality and most educational and creative environment for work relating to the creation and understanding of music;
  • To foster advancement in composition; 
  • To provide students with advanced work in the filed of composition and thus enabling a career in professional or scholarly pursuit of music;
  • To substantially contribute to the Frost School of Music's role as a regional, national, and international nexus for the creation and understanding of music.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide training for students to develop advanced compositional skills;
  • To prepare students to meet the needs and challenges of the musician in the 21st century;
  • To provide students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to complete independent and original work in the field;
  • To give students an advanced knowledge of music as performers, composers, or listeners, enlarging and enhancing their musical interests and abilities.

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
MTC 715Composition Seminar I2
MTC 716Composition Seminar II2
MTC 810Master's Thesis6
Select two of the following:6
Theory Pedagogy
Twentieth Century Idioms
Analytical Techniques
Other Studies in Music
MCY 624Contemporary Music3
MCY Electives3
Applied Lessons2
Approved Ensembles2
Approved MTC Electives3
Graduate Electives at the 700 Level3
Total Credit Hours32