Jun 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Composition, M.M.

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The Hartt School offers a variety of majors within the Master of Music degree program. Curricula are designed to elevate student accomplishments to the highest possible professional levels. Applicants for this degree will usually have completed a bachelor’s degree in music from an NASM-accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school.

The curricula for the Master of Music (Composition) requires a minimum of 36 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. These credits normally are earned during four semesters of full-time study (minimum of 9 credits per semester, maximum of 13 credits); however, part-time study is possible. The thesis, if required, may be begun during the last (fourth) semester of full-time study or after the successful completion of 30 credits. The degree must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

Total credits for degree: 36

Major Area Composition (15 credits)

Other Studies (15 credits)

Choose one course from the following in consultation with an advisor::


  • Electives (with permission of advisor) 6 credit(s) 3


1TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 - Graduate Music Theory Review: Post-Tonal Theory  (must be taken first if required per placement exam).

2HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613  Graduate Music History Review (must be taken first if required per placement exam).

3Electives are normally taken in theory and history. Four credits of private music instruction, for an additional fee, may be allowed. Acoustics (ES 562) should be included if not previously taken in undergraduate program.

HLM 611 , HLM 612 , and HLM 613 , and TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , and TH 614  do not fulfill requirements in music history or music theory.

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