Music Composition (M.M.)

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Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency  (TOEFL/IELTS) if applicable
  • Portfolio
    • Several original compositions, which may include at least one work in each of the following categories
      • A composition for a large ensemble (orchestra, symphonic band, or chorus)
      • A composition for a small Ensemble (vocal with keyboard or instrumental accompaniment, a cappella choir, or a chamber ensemble)
      • A composition for a solo instrument or voice (with or without accompaniment)
    • At least three of the compositions must be of sufficient duration to demonstrate skill in handling a fully developed structure.
    • Two copies of a CD/MP3/.wav
    • All compositions that use (a) graphic or non-standard notation or (b) aleatoric elements or (c) taped/electronic sounds, must be accompanied by CD recordings.
    • Portfolio must be directly sent to the Graduate Coordinator of Music Dance and Theatre Department. Please find Coordinators for each track below:
    • Gabriel Alegria 

      (Jazz)

      galegria@njcu.edu

      Gilles Bernard 

      (Instrumental/Brass)

      gbernard@njcu.edu 

       

      Desamparados Fabra Crespo 

      (Composition/strings)

      dfabracre@njcu.edu

      Greg Giannascoli 

      (instrumental/Percussion)

      greggiannascoli@yahoo.com

      Celil Kaya 

      (Instrumental/Guitar)

      ckaya@njcu.edu

      Min Kim 

      (Instrumental/Piano)

      mkim@njcu.edu

      Martha Mooke 

      (Instrumental/String)

      mmooke@njcu.edu

      James Dave Noland 

      (Multiple Woodwinds)

      jnoland@njcu.edu

      Robert Prowse 

      (Vocal)

      rprowse@njcu.edu 

      Carol Shansky 

      (Music Ed)

      cshansky@njcu.edu

Pre-requisites:

  • An undergraduate degree with a major in music, or in exceptional cases, a proven equivalency in music theory, music history, and repertory.
  • Proficiency in performance on a major instruments or voice.

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

Application Deadlines*:

Domestic Applicants:
Term Deadline
Spring December 1
Fall  July 1
International Applicants:
Term Deadline
Spring November 1
Fall  March 1

*Deadlines are subject to change. Deadline extensions may be granted on a case by case. Please contact Graduate Admissions for more information gradadmissions@njcu.edu 

 

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