MA Music: Composition pathway

The Composition pathway is practice-based, taught course in contemporary concert composition (with or without electronics). The pathway units and projects challenge composers to tackle musical, aesthetic, and practical issues facing composers in the 21st century.

With instruction in seminar, tutorial, and workshop formats, it emphasises a high level of engagement with performers and resident ensembles at Bristol.

Our programme will equip you for future work as a concert-music composer; or in fields relating to contemporary-music criticism, teaching, business or administration; or for research (including AHRC-funded research) such as a PhD in composition or contemporary musicology.

What does the MA Music: Composition pathway deliver?

  • regular seminar discussions that clarify the current contexts of new music;
  • stimulation of imagination and creative ambition, targeted to the talents of the individual;
  • control of musical technique and professional standards of scoring and presentation;
  • training in ways of thinking and generative approaches for contemporary acoustic and optionally electro-acoustic and studio composition;
  • professional workshop with our ensembles-in-residence;
  • public concert possibilities through visiting professional ensembles (recently, for example, Goldbergs 11 strings, Apollo saxophone quartet, septet from Philharmonia Orchestra; the University Orchestra and New Music Ensemble, COMA national and South West etc);
  • visiting speakers and performers of calibre;
  • opportunities to perform in chosen capacities (optional);
  • a friendly and supportive environment with film composers and PhD composers in a well equipped high ranking department and an outstandingly attractive city.

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