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MA in Music Composition

Ireland

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What will I learn?

The MA Composition at Maynooth University provides a supportive yet stimulating environment in which to develop your individual compositional style. The focus of the course is the creation of a professional portfolio of compositions, supported by regular one-to-one tuition from the experienced composers in the Department of Music. Core modules in contemporary compositional technique and the study of works and writings of other composers help broaden your compositional focus and allow you to develop your own voice in the exciting world of contemporary music. These activities are complimented by regular talks and consultations with visiting professional composers and opportunities for performance of your works by visiting performers and student ensembles.

Course Structure

A portfolio of compositions supported by modules in contemporary compositional techniques, contemporary aesthetics and a range of options from the MA in Creative Music Technologies (e.g. electro acoustic composition).

Career Options

Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as composer (for media and art-music), arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, essayist/critic, and in fields such as arts management and broadcasting amongst others. The skills developed in the MA in Composition are transferable to many diverse areas of employment beyond the creative industries, including primary, secondary and third-level education, research based careers (e.g. research and consultative work, not only in the arts but also general public sector organisations), and administrative or managerial roles.

For example, non-arts-based companies also look for creative, independent employees and their particular skill set. Key skills are developed throughout the course, such as:

  • Identifying, analysing and solving problems;
  • Prioritizing tasks, coping with complexity, setting achievable goals and taking action;
  • Working independently and as a team;
  • Communicating (both orally and in writing);
  • Demonstrating confidence and motivation to start and finish the job, adaptability/flexibility, creativity, initiative, leadership, decision-making, negotiating and the ability to cope with stress;
  • Applying and exploiting information technology;
  • Demonstrating critical evaluation of the outcomes of the professional practice;
  • Reflecting on and evaluate one's own practice

Postgraduate options - The MA in Composition also prepares students for doctoral study in composition.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,000.00 (US$ 14,529) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Maynooth University

MAYNOOTH,

Kildare,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Interview is required in addition to submission of examples of composition demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 BA level skills. International students whose first language is not English are required to present an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

TOEFL (Internet based test): 79 minimum

TOEFL (Paper based test): 546 minimum

Cambridge Proficiency and Cambridge First: 176

PTE(Pearson): 58 minimum

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Maynooth University

Maynooth is an internationally esteemed ‘young’ university, with a rich heritage, that offers an excellent student learning experience.

  • Located in Ireland’s only university town, 25km from Dublin
  • Three faculties with 34 academic departments
  • No.43 in THE 100 Universities Under 50 rankings
  • International Office offering friendly, dedicated support

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