The Masters in Theory/Composition is a two-year sequence during which students develop their craft by composing for a variety of instruments and ensembles. Masters students refine their compositional skill and personal voice through the creation of new works, collaboration with peers, and study of contemporary music.
Masters students have individual weekly lessons and participate in the Composition Forum. Presentations of original work by students, faculty, and guest artists are an important part of the forum experience. Forums also include group improvisation, professional development activities, and lecture/discussions.
During their studies, composers will investigate 20th/21st Century repertoire, theoretical techniques, and performance practices. Graduate composers have the opportunity to use the Electronic Music Studio for work with audio, MIDI, live electronics, or synchronizing with film.
Masters students are expected to begin their professional career through entering competitions, attending conferences and summer programs, developing a website, and collaborating with ensembles.
Assistantships and teaching opportunities may be available.
The composition program at Appalachian State embraces a multitude of stylistic influences and interests.
Students interested in pursuing a masters in music composition should submit their application to the University through the Graduate School. They should also schedule an interview with Dr. Andrew Hannon and submit the following materials to Dr. Hannon at least two weeks prior to the interview.
formal letter of interest, which addresses future goals and plans
unofficial college transcripts
curriculum vitae, including education, works list, and selected performances
3-5 compositions (in PDF format) along with recordings. Please send you best compositions that represent your compositional voice and style.
If a student has studied composition at the undergraduate level for several semesters, an undergraduate degree in theory/composition is not required, although, most of our incoming graduate students have earned the BA or BM in theory/composition.
Degree Course Requirements
|Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below|
Music Composition Concentration (Code: 558Z)
Schedule of Course Offerings
Courses offered each Fall Semester:
- MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
- MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques
Courses offered each Spring Semester:
- MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music
- MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
- MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)