Music Composition, MM

Offered in: Chicago

Offered in: Chicago

The Music Composition program challenges dedicated individual composers to develop and hone their creative skills. The goals of the program for all students are to:

  • Cultivate the ability to utilize all of the building blocks of music (pitch, rhythm, meter, tension and relaxation, formal structure) to create a diverse portfolio of works.
  • Gain the necessary professional skills: rehearsal, communication, promotion, publication, and networking.
  • Explore various musical languages and styles in pursuit of the formation of their own unique voices.

At the graduate level, the faculty emphasizes the creation of extended works, breadth of technique, and the synthesis of influences, experiences and abilities that results in the emergence of a personal style. The culminating final project (thesis) is an original composition of significant proportions.

Four public composition recitals each year, as well as multiple opportunities for collaboration with other programs such as dance, piano, and opera, provide students with ample and regular opportunities to work with other musicians to prepare formal performances of their own compositions. The graduate recital demonstrates growth and progress in the student's portfolio over four semesters of study and the ability to compose works of sophistication and expanded length for larger ensembles. A complete listing of program requirements is published in the Music Conservatory Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for audition requirements for composition majors.

Requirements

For the thesis project, the candidate for the Master of Music in composition must compose a work of significant proportions, such as a work of 10-12 minutes for orchestra or wind ensemble; a 15-20 minute work for large chamber ensemble (10-15 performers); or a 15-20 minute electroacoustic work.Two copies of the full score (or recordings and programming if appropriate) and one set of parts must be submitted to the student's committee by April 1 for spring graduation or November 15 for fall graduation. All candidates must present a recital of original music, including program notes, of at least 30 minutes duration (at least two works). All music on the recital is to be written during the student's residency at CCPA. The thesis composition may be programmed on the recital. The program for the recital must be approved by the primary composition teacher no later than six weeks in advance of the recital date. During the final semester in residence, students will give a presentation on their composition portfolio and compositional techniques and influences in the Composition Seminar.

The minimum passing grade in the major sequence (MCMP 411 GRADUATE COMPOSITION I through MCMP 414 GRADUATE COMPOSITION IV) is B-.

MAS 401STYLE AND LITERATURE3
One MAS course in Music 1900-19503
One MAS course in Music Since 19503
MCMP 225COMPOSITION SEMINAR (four semesters required)0
MCMP 411GRADUATE COMPOSITION I4
MCMP 412GRADUATE COMPOSITION II4
MCMP 413GRADUATE COMPOSITION III4
MCMP 414GRADUATE COMPOSITION IV4
MCMP 490THESIS2
MTA 402ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION3
MTA 425INTRODUCTORY ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC3
MTA 426ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC II3
PIA 401PIANO (MINOR) (or other instrument with permission)2
PIA 402PIANO (MINOR) (or other instrument with permission)2
PERF 499GRAD COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW0
Total Credit Hours40