To develop students compositional technique and individual voice while undertaking academic work specifically geared to Contemporary Composition.
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A first degree or diploma, or an equivalent international qualification, usually in music. In order to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and ability, you may be requested to submit two examples of recent written work, such as essays, directly to the RCM as part of the admissions process. You may also have an interview to discuss your work either on the day of audition, or at an alternative mutually convenient time. You will be told if you need to do this. If your first language is not English, you must achieve a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English.
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Master of Music: MMus in Composition
This includes theoretical and musicological approaches, aesthetics and analysis, mainly on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, you have the option of writing a critical commentary on your own work in Year 2. MMus students will enjoy similar opportunities to those on the MComp, including composers’ orchestral workshops; sessions with resident professional ensembles and many other projects and showcase events.
One-to-one tuition by one of the RCM’s Composition professors is supplemented by weekly seminars and regular faculty classes which MMus students attend alongside MComp students. The faculty regularly welcomes internationally recognised composers. Assessment for the composition element is by the submission of a portfolio of compositions at the end of the year as well as by a take-away set paper. For the academic work students submit a portfolio of academic assignments together with a short spoken presentation in Year 1 of study, and one of three options in Year 2: either a Critical Project, a Lecture Presentation or a Composer Commentary.