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.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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