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Master of Music Studies (Composition)

  • Masters (Coursework)

There will be no intake of students for this course for 2019.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 years full-time
Course Code
MAMUSCPT1000, 083951K
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Fees
$29,500 per year / $44,250 total
International Fees
$36,000 per year / $54,000 total

About this course

There will be no intake of students for this course for 2019.

The Master of Music Studies (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a three-semester coursework degree that focuses on the acquisition of high-level composition technique. It provides the opportunity for those interested in composition, or with a background in composition, to develop their compositional style, technique and ideas within a rigorous musical environment. This degree is based entirely upon coursework components that enable you to gain practical skills in composition. You have weekly composition lessons with a tutor and will take part in a specific composition class geared towards this degree. Composition skills you will acquire in this degree include the areas of compositional style, instrumentation, technology, performance genres and technique. The Master of Music Studies also provides for the acquisition of skills useful to life as a professional composer, such as conducting, sound recording, research skills and concert curation. You will work on a weekly basis with student performers in the first two semesters, allowing you to try out new ideas and hear them immediately translated into sound. There are no genre restrictions or guidelines as to music that students may create in this degree: this is negotiated between each student and their tutor. High-level notation and music theory skills are strongly recommended. In contrast to the Master of Music (Composition) degree, composers in the Master of Music Studies degree are not required to write a thesis or dissertation. The Master of Music Studies (Composition) degree contains a greater degree of practical coursework components specifically relating to composition.

Entry requirements

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