Music Composition Graduate Programs

At the core of Oregon’s composition program is a thriving artistic community of forty to forty-five undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral composers. Our comprehensive approach integrates compositional studies with theory, history, ethnomusicology, intermedia technology, contemporary performance practice, multimedia collaboration, and an intensive career development seminar. Our diverse yet focused curriculum prepares each student for a future as a professional composer. 

Master's | Doctorate


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Master of Music in Music Composition

72-76
Graduate-level credits
9
thesis credits
1
Public Performance

 Graduates pursuing a MMus in music composition will take courses which focus in the following areas:

Music History & Culture
Music Theory
Aural Skills
Music Research Methods
Composers Forum 
Electronic or Digital Music
Ethnomusicology 
Composition Studies
Counterpoint 
Tonal Analysis 
Post Tonal Theory 
Composition Thesis 

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Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition

81
Graduate-level credits
1
graduate recital
18
dissertation credits

Graduates pursuing a PhD in music composition will take courses which focus in the following areas: 

Music History & Culture
Music Theory 
Aural Skills
Performance Studies 
Research Methods
Repertoire & Analysis
College Music Teaching 
Foreign Language
Pedagogy and Practicum
Composers Forum 
Advanced Composition Studies 
Electronic or Digital Music  
Counterpoint
Tonal Analysis and Post-Tonal Theory

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