The MMus in Composition fosters your ability to compose and notate music, and to develop your own personal musical language- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mmus-composition/
You explore a wide range of technical procedures for contemporary composition and engage intellectually and critically with related theories and concepts.
There are many practical opportunities to work with performers, including the Department of Music's ensemble-in-residence, and other artistic collaborators.
The composition pathway appeals to composers interested in a wide range of contemporary music including Boulez, Stockhausen, Birtwistle, Carter, Xenakis, spectral music and improvised music.
There's a focus on fundamental issues concerning pitch, time and pulse, and covers topics such as orchestration, advanced instrumental techniques, large-scale structure.
Composers taking this pathway may elect to take options in studio-based composition, providing they have the requisite prior experience.
There are also opportunities to work with visiting professional musicians and meet visiting composers, which have included Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Roger Redgate.
Modules & Structure
Compositional Techniques- 30 credits
Material, Form and Structure- 30 credits
Choose two modules from a selection that currently includes:
Composition and Moving Image Media- 30 credits
Interactive and Generative Music- 30 credits
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates- 30 credits
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis- 30 credits
Sound Agendas- 30 credits
Studio Practice- 120 credits
Creative Project- 60 credits
You'll develop strategies and methodologies for creative practice, critical reflection and evaluation and skills in the contextualisation of creative work.
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or a relevant/related subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the pathway. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).