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 complemented by regular talks and consultations with visiting professional composers and opportunities for performance of your works by visiting performers and student ensembles.
The MA in Composition is designed to impart, through a very focused roster of courses, the aesthetic and technical skills needed to develop an individual's personal artistic voice. Courses covering revolutionary 20th and 21st century compositional techniques, creative uses of technology and contemporary aesthetics have been carefully developed to spur on new ways of creating music and engaging with society through composition.