Music - Composition
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, the production of which benefits from 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 carve out 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 with both visiting performers and student ensembles. Reflecting the diversity of new music today, you will be able to choose from a range of modules in our sister course, the MA in Creative Music Technologies.
Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Applicants will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.
Submission of examples of recent composition to the course convenor at the time of application demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 Bachelor Degree level composition skills. Competition for places applies.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
The course is taught over two years. There are 6 taught courses led by four of Ireland's most experienced composers. The degree will culminate in a portfolio of original compositions, putting into practice and developing upon what is demonstrated throughout the course.
MHT56: 1 year full-time
MHT57: 2 years part-time
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
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Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as composer (for media and art-music), arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, arts management, essayist/critic, broadcasting amongst others. The skills developed in the MA in Composition are transferable to many areas of employment. For example, non-arts-based companies also look for creative, independent employees and their particular skillset. Key skills are developed throughout the course, such as:
•Identifying, analysing and solving problems;
•Prioritising 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.