1. Areas of Study
  2. Composition

Curriculum: Composition Graduate Students

Life isn’t an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You’ll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You’ll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

The composition graduate thesis piece should be a 15-20 minute work showing a high level of mastery written for disparate forces. Two scores are to be submitted: One to the student’s studio teacher, and one to the department assistant to be placed in the SFCM library.

Required Courses

Curriculum: Master of Music in Composition
Credit Total: 51

Requirement Cr.
Private Instruction 16
Musicianship and Music Theory 8
Music History and Literature 12
Professional Development 2
Ensembles 4
Electives 9
Winter Term 2 Years
Juries and Recitals N/A