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Composition

Overview

The Composition emphasis, Bachelor of Music program gives students the foundation to continue in graduate school or engage in one of many careers in music. Graduates pursue composing, teaching, performing, and jobs in the recording industry. Students acquire skills in instrumentation, arranging, and other aspects of composition, along with experiencing performances of their compositions. Students learn to write both short and long forms in various representative musical and instrumental idioms, are encouraged to explore trends in modern music composition, and experiment with compositional styles to discover a personal compositional “voice.”

This is a professional degree designed for those with a strong music background who anticipate a vocation in music. It prepares candidates for comprehensive musicianship and performance skills for graduate school and a variety of music careers. Students must demonstrate satisfactory ability and preparation to be considered for the degree and must show adequate progress by the end of the sophomore year to continue in the B.M. program. Applied music courses (private lessons, ensembles, etc.) are available for active participation and development of individual musical skills, and additional courses are also open for growth in the knowledge and expression of the musical arts.

The school provides an acoustically mastered recital hall that is flexible for rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions, in addition to 15 Wenger sound-proof practice rooms, including some V-rooms with built-in emulation of larger environments. Students have access to 33 pianos, two organs, and two harpsichords. The Master’s University music facilities include the most recent music notation and sequencing software programs. The state-of-the-art recording facility is integrated into the recital hall. This all-digital room is anchored by a 32-fader ICON D-Control work surface and features an industry-standard Avid Pro Tools HDX2 system with a variety of plugins and outboard processing. The studio is used for classes as well as school ensemble projects, allowing audio technology students to put their knowledge to the test in a real-world studio recording context.

Ensembles:

  • • The Master’s Chorale
  • • Wind Ensemble
  • • Women’s Chamber Choir
  • • Handbells
  • • Chamber Strings
  • • University Singers
  • • The Master’s University Orchestra
  • • Opera Workshop

Other Ensembles include Piano Ensembles, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles including a String Quartet, Brass Quartet and Woodwind Quintet, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, Vocal Jazz Quartet, and Barbershop Quartet.

Music fulfills what nothing else can satisfy. It fosters creativity, confidence, and community responsibility while promoting diligence and multicultural understanding. Music equips the mind and the spirit and produces skills that transfer to all areas of life.

Dr. Paul T. Plew, Dean of the School of Music

Next Steps: Applying

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide. School of Music applicants must audition for entrance.

Requirements:

  • Required statement of faith and pastoral recommendation
  • 3.6 GPA average for new applications

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