Master of Music


Because of the small size and unique nature of the conservatory, graduate composition students are assured of a highly personalized education at Lynn.

Through private instruction and a variety of challenging music courses, the composition student is encouraged to explore and pursue the world of music in all its aspects with no particular bias with regard to musical “style.” Student composers are encouraged to explore a variety of styles—whether it be atonal or neotonal, avant-garde or post-modern—in order to discover the musical language which best expresses their artistic vision.

Another unique benefit for the developing composer is the conservatory’s annual New Music Festival, which provides students the opportunity to have original compositions performed in a public setting and allows them to work with respected and accomplished guest composers.

As a graduate composer at Lynn you will participate in an independent study course focused on a subject to be determined between yourself and Dr. McKinley.

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The Master of Music program in composition emphasizes one-on-one private study. During each semester that they are enrolled, graduate composers take private applied lessons and an independent study in a subject determined mutually by teacher and student.

In addition, four music academic courses—one taken each semester—complete the curriculum. Subjects covered in these courses include bibliography, music history, music analysis and career development.

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Last modified: Jul. 01, 2016