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Master of Music in Music Composition

This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in music composition. Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue careers as teachers of music composition-related subjects on the college level and to pursue doctoral study in music composition.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Prior to admission applicants must have an interview with members of the theory faculty and must submit a paper representative of the applicant's capability to undertake graduate study and to engage in research in the field of music.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, and musicology  must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen (MUSC) 510 3
Music Theory Elective Music Theory (MUTH) 500 level or
Mus Gen (MUSC) 520: Styles
3
Musicology Elective Musicology (MUCO) 500 level 3
Composition Mus Perf (MUPF) 594 or 595 6
Thesis Mus Gen (MUSC) 500 6
**Music Electives   4
Choose One
        Analytical Techniques Mus Thry (MUTH) 520 3
        Analytical Techniques of Recent Music Mus Thry (MUTH) 521 3
Choose One
        Music Theory Pedagogy: Written Mus Thry (MUTH) 530 3
        Music Theory Pedagogy: Aural Mus Thry (MUTH) 531 3
Theory or Technology Electives - 3 hours chosen from:
        Analytical Techniques Mus Thry (MUTH) 520 3
        Analytical Techniques of Recent Music Mus Thry (MUTH) 521 3
        Music Theory Pedagogy: Written Mus Thry (MUTH) 530 3
        Music Theory Pedagogy: Aural Mus Thry (MUTH) 531 3
        Special Topics in Music Theory Mus Thry (MUTH) 551 3
        *Computer Music Transcription Mus Tech (MUTC) 540 3
        Computer Projects Mus Tech (MUTC) 550 3
        Independent Study in Music Technology Mus Tech (MUTC) 593 3
Total 34
*Can be taken for graduate credit only if not already taken at the bachelors level and if the student does not already have a proficiency in a notation program.
**A maximum of 2 ensemble hours may be counted as music electives.

Final Requirements

  1. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.
  2. Thesis.
  3. Thesis defense.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.


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