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EWU Music Department
119 Music Building
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2241
fax: 509.359.7028

Master of Music: Composition Emphasis

The Music Composition Program at Eastern Washington University is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and grow as composers. This is done through private instruction in composition, group seminars, quarterly concerts, special interdisciplinary projects, technological resources from the Computer Music Studio, guest lectures and colloquia from regional or nationally recognized composers. The Composition Program places emphasis on performance practice, theory, counterpoint, computer music, orchestration and arranging. There are also unique opportunities for film scoring and writing for theatre in collaboration with faculty from respective departments. Since 1999, the composition program has hosted guest composers of international, national and regional reputation. Past composers and performers include: Frederic Rzewski, William Kraft, Gunther Schuller, Kenjee Bunch (Flux Quartet), Roger Briggs, William Doppmann, David Maslanka, Ben Boretz, Janice Giteck, Donivan Johnson, Libby Larsen, Chris Chafe and Wayne Horvitz. Recent collaborative efforts with the Spokane Symphony have provided master classes with Michael Daugherty and Philip Glass. With more than a hundred student performers in our department, there are ample opportunities to compose for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. The computer music lab has Pro Tools stations and a variety of music notation software on iMacs. There is also access to an ARP 2600 synthesizer and Theremin. Contact Jonathan Middleton: to inquire about the graduate composition program.

MM Comp Requirements

Required Program Core (22 credits) 

Music Research-choose from the followingMUSC 520 Research Techniques and Bibliography in Music (3) or MUSC 521 Research Design in Music Education (3)

Music History-choose two from the following** MUSC 538 Topics in Music History (3) MUSC 551 Music of the Medieval Era (3) MUSC 552 Music of the Renaissance Era (3) MUSC 553 Music of the Baroque Period (3) MUSC 554 Music of the Classical Period (3) MUSC 555 Music of the Romantic Period (3) MUSC 556 Music of the 20th Century (3) MUSC 557 History of Jazz: Styles and Analysis (3)

Music Theory/CompositioMUSC 560 Historical Analysis of Musical Structure (3) MUSC 561 Counterpoint (2)

Three Quarters of Graduate Ensemble Participation (3 credits minimum)*** Choose from MUSE 520-MUSE 541

Music Thesis/Recital-choose one MUSC 600 Thesis (5) or MUSC 601 Graduate Recital (5) or MUSC 602 Final Master's Project (5)****Notes: *students in Music Education Emphasis should take MUSC 521 Research Design in Music Education. **students in the Composition Emphasis must take MUSC 556 Music of the 20th Century as one of their Music History courses. **students in the Jazz Studies Emphasis must take MUSC 557 History of Jazz: Styles and Analysis as one of their Music History courses. ***an off-campus option requires advanced signed approval by the Director of Music Education and successful completion of written report. ****Music Education Emphasis students are required to take MUSC 600 Thesis. Prior to commencing research, a thesis proposal must receive approval from the thesis committee and, if human subjects are involved, by the IRB.  

Required Composition Emphasis (21 credits)

Three quarters of applied instruction:MUSC 529 Applied Lesson (1)or MUSC 530 Instruction on Instrument or Voice (2) (3 credits minimum)

MUSC 510 Advanced Conducting (3)MUSC 565 Advanced Orchestration (3)MUSC 568 Advanced Compositional Techniques (2 credits per quarter) (12)

Electives (11 credits) Approved in consultation with area advisor and graduate program coordinator

Total credits for above master's degree  54 credits

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