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Musical Studies - Composition, B.M.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Our unique program 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.

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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Keyboard Skills I 
  • Theory I 
  • Aural Skills I
  •  Studio Composition 
  • Applied Studio Ensemble(s) Writing & Critical Thinking
  •  Keyboard Skills II 
  •  Music History 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The SUNY Application (The fee is $50.)
  • Official high school transcript(s).
  • SUNY Supplemental Application.
  • One letter of recommendation (or form allowing for individual comments) from a school based counselor or teacher.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6870 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 892 - 1950 USD/month
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