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Composition (MMus)

Course Description

Programme description

Music at Edinburgh has a long history of excellence in composition. This programme aims to support students in the exploration of their musical horizons, their musical language and their relationship to mainstreams and currents in the wider compositional world.

All contemporary styles are supported, including electroacoustic music, and a wide range of subsidiary courses, such as orchestration, digital audio techniques, algorithmic composition and sound design, will add depth to your expertise.

This programme is delivered by a team of active composers, whose significant reputations as both artists and teachers in the world of composition will prove both inspirational and invaluable.

Programme structure

This programme combines regular seminars with individual tuition to develop and guide your work.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the programme will:

-develop an understanding of historical and contemporary trends in music
-develop their own practice and aesthetic
-gain a secure understanding of the context of their work
-have a professional approach to the presentation of performing materials and the management of the relationship with performers

Career opportunities

Highly competitive, the world of music composition is also highly rewarding. As well as instilling and developing the skills you need to realise your creative potential, this programme will provide you with a network of opportunities and a place within the musical world – invaluable when looking to gain a foothold in the industry. In addition, you will have gained secondary skills (such as performance, orchestration, organisation and presentation) that can be applied to other areas of music, such as teaching, direction or management.

Visit the Composition (MMus) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in Music.

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