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Master of Music in Music, Composition Concentration

Estados Unidos

¿Qué aprenderé?

The composition program at CSULB provides students with advanced skills covering a wide range of compositional techniques and technologies in order that they become more informed, literate musicians, better prepared to develop their own unique creative compositional voices. Skills taught include: beginning and advanced film scoring, advanced theory, electronic and computer music, experimental music and digital media, sound design, advanced topics in listening and analysis, text setting and strategies for working with contemporary poetry, contemporary and computer music notation, beginning and advanced orchestration, and sound engineering and recording. In addition to the expertise that the composition faculty members bring to the program, our musicology faculty includes specialists in 20th-Century music and in film music, regularly offering seminars that are also open to composition students.

Students go on from our master’s degree programs in composition to work in the film industry and in higher education, to found their own ensembles and concert series, and many other composition-related pursuits. Many of our students have also gone on to doctoral study in composition at excellent programs on the West Coast, throughout the U.S., and abroad.

Students in this program write works for the full range of traditional acoustic instruments, from solo works to ones for large orchestra, as well as for various electronic resources, working constantly to refine their own compositional voice under the guidance of the composition faculty. The program offers many courses for advanced study, with recent offerings including seminars focused on computer notation, Max/MSP/Jitter, art song composition, Schenkerian theory, and composition informed by music outside of the classical tradition (including influences from rock, jazz, and non-Western traditions). Students in the program have written works for readings and workshops by the BCCM Symphony Orchestra, the BCCM Wind Symphony, Kronos Quartet, the Friction String Quartet, and many other resident and guest ensembles.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of the Arts

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (30 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
US$15.408,00 por año
Aplicaciones hasta

Esperado January 2024

Fecha de inicio

Esperado Agosto 2023


College of the Arts

Academic Services Bldg., Room 115,

California State University, Long Beach,



90840, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

To be considered for admission the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter upper division major units attempted.

Para estudiantes internacionales

A Bachelor of Music degree, or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music or a bachelor's degree, from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 24 upper division units of music comparable to those required at this University

A GPA of 3.00 or better in upper division Music courses. Students who do not meet the 3.00 GPA requirement or specified balance within the required 24 units of upper division music but who possess outstanding or unusual qualifications that promise a significant contribution to the Master of Music program may petition for a special review from the Conservatory Graduate Advisory Committee.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 550; Internet-based (iBT) 80

IELTS 6.0 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 58

Application deadline: Spring/October 1; Fall/January 15

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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