Master of Music in Composition

Develop a thorough understanding of contemporary practices, theories and techniques in music composition, and learn to express yourself through creative musical thought with the Master of Music in Composition from Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. This 30-credit-hour, graduate-level program focuses on the studies of innovation and craft, research, and expressive effect for traditional instrumental and vocal forces. Composition students also explore experimental music through the prisms of both electroacoustic music and visual music, which is the creation of visual art using sound data translated via coding and algorithms.

Master of Music in Composition students learn to assess works of music within the contemporary cultural context and then use that understanding to create their own aurally inventive compositions.

At the completion of the program, students present a portfolio of compositions demonstrating notational fluency and the ability to compose convincing and intelligible music.

Classes & Curriculum

The Composition-Music MM program stresses advanced work in computer synthesis of music, collaborative work with filmmakers and dancers, varied degrees of exploratory work and compositional efforts in larger forms. Required courses you will take during your studies include

  • Computer Synthesis and
  • Seminar in Composition.

Students also take four electives, with recommended courses including

  • Aesthetics of Music,
  • Canon and Fugue, and
  • Research in Music.

Learn more about Composition-Music MM courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Music offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,187.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,583.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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