The Major in Composition

Written music

Students in the Master of Music in Composition degree program undergo intense, professional training in all facets of composition. Each student has a weekly private lesson and also participates in the Composition Studio Class, which meets weekly to discuss topics in the field of composition and contemporary music. Each semester, the studio presents a student-produced recital where works completed that term are performed and recorded at a public concert. All composition majors continue study on their major instrument, and are expected to perform at a very high level. The philosophy of the University of Redlands Composition Studio embraces and promotes a high level of musicianship, stylistic diversity, technical proficiency, musical sensitivity, aesthetic engagement, and creating a positive, supportive space for musical growth.

The composition degree requires 40 credits distributed as follows:

  • MUS 600 Graduate Studies in Music Scholarship and Analysis—4 credits
  • MUS 638 Composition—16 credits total
  • Applied Studies—4 to 8 credits
  • Major Conducted Ensembles—4 credits
  • MUS 606 Twentieth-Century Music Literature—2 credits
  • Music literature elective chosen from MUS 647, 602, 603, 604, and 605— 2 credits
  • Electives—8 to 12 credits
    Note: Students are encouraged to take at least one elective course outside the field of music.
  • MUS 698 Graduate Recital—0 credits
  • MUS 699 Final Examination—0 credits
  • The graduate recital consists of original works composed while in residence.

Quiet the Mind
meditation room

The University’s Meditation Room opened in 2007 and is one of the first “contemplative classroom” spaces in the country.

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