Composition Department


Requirements for the Outside Area in Composition, MM Degree

Rev. August 2015


Master of Music students interested in pursuing an Outside Area in composition must be approved for K810 - private lessons with one of the composition faculty.  To be considered for K810, submit a portfolio of completed works (pdf), list of compositions (pdf) – including date of composition, instrumentation and duration, and if possible, performance recordings (mp3) to the chair of the composition department, preferably in a folder shared via box.iu. Submitted scores should demonstrate enough compositional craft, ability and experience to do graduate level work in composition. Scores and recordings will be evaluated by the composition faculty; an interview with the student may be requested.

The requirements of the Outside Area are as follows:

6 hours of K810 (3-3 or 2-2-2), private composition lessons, with concurrent registration in I500 (0), Composition Masterclass, for each semester of composition lessons.


Public performance of at least one composition (written while enrolled in K810), preferably on student composition recitals. The piece will be graded Pass/Fail by a committee of at least three members of the composition faculty in attendance.

General guidelines for the MM Outside Area at the Music Graduate Office.