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Musical Studies - Composition, B.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Potsdam, NY, United States
The Musical Studies - Composition program at State University of New York Potsdam is a highly selective one, and provides our students with individualized attention and access to significant opportunities available only to Composition majors.
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The unique Musical Studies - Composition of State University of New York Potsdam emphasizes compositional styles consistent with current trends in classical music that are also applicable to film, video and game scoring, and composing for the theater.

Key facts:

As a Composition Major at The Crane School of Music:

  • You will have the unique opportunity to begin private composition study during your first year in the program. You will have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of perspectives by studying with a number of composition faculty members over the course of your degree. (And all private composition lessons are always taught by faculty, never graduate students.)
  • You will have access to a state-of-the-art computer music studio.
  • You will enjoy many opportunities to collaborate with performers and to hear your music performed live on our regularly scheduled composition recitals. There are also opportunities to present your music in off-campus venues.
  • Composer/conductor Gunther Schuller works with Crane students.You will have weekly opportunities to meet with all of the composers at Crane (students and faculty together) to engage in discussions of your music and that of your colleagues, to collaborate on group compositions, and to study contemporary scores as well of those of the recent past.
  • You will have the freedom to explore several elective options in arranging and orchestration, computer music, counterpoint, jazz, world music and other areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    121 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Keyboard Skills  
  • Theory 
  • Aural Skills
  •  Studio Composition 
  • Applied Studio Ensemble(s) Writing & Critical Thinking
  •  Keyboard Skills 
  •  Music History 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the SUNY Application or Common Application.
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee.
  • Send an official high school transcript, including all schools you attended for high school credit.
  • A letter of recommendation, preferably from a school-based counselor or teacher.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7070 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Potsdam

  • 892 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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