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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, 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.

Entry requirements

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Interview is required in addition to submission of examples of composition demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 BA level skills. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.

Duration

MHT56: 1 year full-time
MHT57: 2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Careers Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as composer (for media and art music), arranger, performer/ improviser, music copyist, essayist/critic, and in fields such as arts management and broadcasting amongst others. The skills developed in the MA in Composition are transferable to many diverse areas of employment beyond the creative industries, including primary, secondary and third-level education, research-based careers (e.g. research and consultative work, not only in the arts but also general public sector organisations), and administrative or managerial roles.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Directors Dr Ryan Molloy
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3730
Email: ryan.molloy@nuim.ie
Website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music

Subjects taught

A portfolio of compositions supported by modules in contemporary compositional techniques, contemporary aesthetics and a range of options from the MA in Creative Music Technologies (e.g., electroacoustic composition).

Comment

The Department of Music at Maynooth University is renowned for its long and proud tradition of composition, musicology, performance and music technology, immersing students in a vibrant, challenging and creative educational environment. Students will encounter multiple ways of engaging with music: in rehearsals, in concerts, in seminars and in the music studios. Performance experience is offered in a range of professionally directed music ensembles, including the Maynooth University Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble, the Traditional Group, the Choral Society and the Chamber Choir. Students with a passion for the creation and performance of a whole range of music styles will find the space and the academic support to build their professional skills as musicians and music creators. Composers will find a stimulating and supportive environment amidst the vibrant performance and academic activities in the Department. The focus here is on individual tuition from internationally recognised composers with access to opportunities for collaboration with other musicians in the Department. Musicologists, too, will find a supportive environment; seminars bring leading researchers from around the world, and in the university library, students have access to one of the best-stocked music collections in Ireland. With a combination of expert staff and tailor-made resources, the Department of Music offers a learning experience that builds confidence and develops the techniques and experience needed for careers in research, scholarship, the performance and creation of music, the music industry, the arts and culture sector and many other fields. www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music

Course fee

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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