MFA in Music Composition

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Our MFA in Music Composition—the first of its kind—offers a chance for you to forge your own creative path, refine your composition skills, and grow more vital as an artist, composer, and musician.

Students come from diverse stylistic backgrounds and have varied compositional interests. This musically inclusive MFA program reflects that diversity, offering opportunities to work in multiple focus areas, such as: film, TV & game scoring, concert music, electronic music, songwriting, and jazz. Our highly accomplished faculty work in many genres, and students can specialize in one area or several, exploring and blending musical streams.

VCFA’s low-residency model brings students and faculty together, joined by world-class musicians who perform and record student music, for an intensive week once every six months. The deep relationship between student and faculty mentor that begins during the seven-day on-campus residency is catalyst for the creative work of the semester, where each student works from home on an individualized, self-designed composition project. In this way the program carves out space in students’ lives for inquiry, experimentation, research, and criticism, making room for both the exploration and the refinement of their craft.

Learn more about our MFA in Music Composition program in our residency video:

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