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Composition

Bachelor of Music, Global Composition

Master of Music, Global Composition

The major is designed to welcome students who come to composition from European classical and jazz as well as non-classical backgrounds such as rock, DJs, video gaming, etc.
Note: Please be aware that this is a professional composition degree, not a recording engineering degree. The focus is on creation of original works of music. Students will learn how to record, edit and master recordings of their works - but in this major the recording process is a means to another end (composing). If you are interested in engineering other people’s music this would not be an appropriate degree for you.


Audition is via portfolio of compositions - we are looking for a creative spark, an original voice, a passion for music, evidence of the ability to work very hard. There is no specific genre, instrumentation, number of pieces or length required.

 

Audition Requirements:Deadline to turn in materials is February 15 via our online audition portal, which will be available in late December.

**All printed materials (scores, music excerpts, recommendations, and grade transcripts etc.) need to be submitted via PDF format, all audio recordings need to be MP3, and all video recordings need to be .mov or .mp4. Otherwise they will not be reviewed.**


The major is extremely competitive - compile your materials as if this was the ultimate dream job. They should be excellent and professional and demonstrate your interest and respect.

 

Summer preparatory projects:

If you are accepted you will be required to complete 3 preparatory projects in the summer before school starts:

  • You will be given a list of classical and world masterpieces to become intimately familiar with—you will need to put these on your iPod and listen to them everyday.
  • You will need to learn to write a 2 Part Invention in the style of Bach (You can buy Kent Kennan’s Counterpoint book to guide you);
  • You will need to complete the Eastman School of Music E-Music “Music Theory Fundamentals in 4 Weeks” course


All composition majors are expected to maintain at least a 3.75 GPA This major prepares students to have a good chance of success, whether in the best graduate programs or in the music industry.