Aspiring composers expand their creative language while developing a diverse portfolio of compositions. They receive a rigorous training in harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration, digital audio and, of course, composition.

With over 300 performances each year and a high ratio of performance students to composition students, Lamont offers many opportunities to have your creative work performed. Our state-of-the-art recording studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing you to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

About the Program

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

For Classical Composition requirements, please visit the Composition studio page.

For Jazz Composition requirements, please visit the Jazz studio page.

Degree Requirements

The master of music in composition has two possible emphases: classical or jazz. For either, students take classes in music theory, musicology, and orchestration.

Students will participate in ensembles and also complete these non-coursework requirements:

  • Final oral and written comprehensive exams
  • Demonstration of graduate-level proficiency in the musicology and music theory proficiency exams
  • Submission of at least one composition for every end-of-quarter Composer's Series concert
  • Convocation attendance

Learn more about Lamont's MM in classical composition and MM in jazz composition.


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