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Music Composition, B. Mus

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  • 48 months
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The Music Composition program at the State University of New York Fredonia trains students who wish to pursue professional and/or academic careers in music composition and related fields. You will learn the craft of music composition by exploring music from all genres and time periods, while finding your own unique voice.


The Music Composition program at the State University of New York Fredonia offers instruction without a stylistic agenda; each apprentice composer follows his/her own stylistic direction while developing professionally competitive musical insights and skills.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia’s unique approach of integration across campus gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other artists.You can work with choreographers, filmmakers, directors, and poets to gain a deeper understanding of the craft. The program allows you to study composition in a standard program, or elect performance or electronic music composition as an enhanced concentration. 

Ethos New Music Society brings such distinguished artists as Roomful of Teeth, Morton Subotnick, and Jennifer Higdon to campus to work with students, read through and perform their original compositions. Composition majors receive private composition lessons, composition seminars and master classes, and courses in electronic music, orchestration, and counterpoint. Elective courses in acoustics, aesthetics, arranging, and improvisation are also available. 

The culmination of the Composition major's college study is the completion of a composition recital in the senior year. Other opportunities for public performances of student compositions are afforded by ETHOS, a student-administered organization that offers four concerts per season. Graduates from Fredonia's BM-Composition program are employed in many facets of commercial music media, and many have been awarded assistantships and fellowships to study at major graduate schools.

Career Opportunities

  • Music directors
  • Music composers

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Concert Attendance
  • Recital Seminar
  • Ensemble
  • Basic Composition
  • Instrumental/Vocal Lessons
  • Our World of Music

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • First-Year applicants should provide secondary school transcripts and proof of graduation. 
  • Transfer applicants should provide university transcripts and transcript evaluation through a NACES certified company.
  • Recommendation letters are an important aspect of the graduate school application for Fredonia. The information provided in recommendation letters is used as evidence of your overall potential to succeed as a graduate student.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    762 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 762 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    762 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 762 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    354 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 354 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fredonia

  • 910 - 1990 USD/month
    Living Costs

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