- Theory-composition (dual emphasis)
SFA's theory-composition masters program will provide you with all the advanced analytical and creative opportunities crucial to your future success as a composer or music theorist.
Requiring a thesis, this 36-credit course of study prepares will prepare you for further academic work and careers as higher education teachers or freelance composers. Our talented and active faculty welcome a diversity of styles and interests within the program and recent thesis projects have covered such diverse topics as:
- Marvin Gaye and the civil rights movement
- Broadway musicals
- horror films
- Swedish metal music
- speech melody
- video-game music
- steel-pan orchestras of Trinidad-Tobego
- and the sampling techniques of J Dilla.
If you have a passion for research and creativity, SFA is a great place to take it to the next level.
Go to grad school online
We know that not everyone has the time or resources to attend classes in-person regularly. That's why SFA offers many of our required courses online. In fact, the Master of Music in theory-composition can be earned entirely online — perfect for people who already have a job but want to keep growing in their art.