What is a PhD in Music Composition?

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Music Composition teaches you how to compose music using phrasing, harmony, orchestration, and other fundamental principles of music theory. You will have the opportunity to explore all genres and pick one as your specialisation, such as blues, dance and rock, among many others.

Some of the classes you can expect to take during a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Music Composition are music theory, music history, acoustics and psychoacoustics, arranging and orchestration, string methods, applied composition, sound recording techniques, music technology, etc.

As a future composer, you will write, arrange, and record various musical scores for different clients and purposes, such as theatres, movies or TV shows, bands, video games, etc. To deliver an impressive final product, you need to discuss with the client and understand their vision and expectations.

In addition to music theory and creativity, successful composers also master communication, visualisation, attention to detail, and negotiation skills, which allow them to hone their craft.

After graduating with a Music Composition degree, you can work for operas, orchestras, studios, record labels, etc. You can also opt for freelancing, which allows you to pick the projects you like. Related job titles include film composer, opera composer, composition professor, jingle writer, etc.

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