Music Composition (M.Phil.)
1 year full-time
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Started in the academic year 2012-13, the Music Department is offering a one-year M.Phil. in Music Composition to cater for the growing demand for graduate studies of international standing in the area of Composition. Apart from one-on-one mentorship in composition itself, students will take courses in among others, contemporary composition techniques, experimental music theatre and contemporary opera, film music aesthetics, composition with digital technology. The M.Phil. in Composition course is providing a backbone of activity for the Music Composition Centre, part of Trinity’s initiative in Creative Arts, Technology and Culture. The MPhil Composers collaborate throughout the year with our associated musicians in residence and present their work in collaboration with our musicians at the MPhil in Composition Graduate Show.
Course Content: The course consists of: 6 compulsory taught modules spread across two semesters (60 ECTS). Each compulsory module is worth 10 ECTS. The compulsory modules are Contemporary Music Studies, Composition with Digital Technology, History and Theory of Film Music, Contemporary Opera/Experimental Music Theatre,
Dissertation Module (30 ECTS). The dissertation module consists of two components: (a) final portfolio of composition, and (b) an accompanying thesis of around 3.000 words. The final portfolio of compositions must have a performing duration of between 20-35 minutes. Portfolios with longer performance times will also be accepted, but these must be agreed in advance with the course director. Students will work on developing their portfolio and accompanying thesis in conjunction with an assigned supervisor. The accompanying thesis should deal with the structure, aesthetics and methods used by the candidate in the act of composition. The thesis should demonstrate a good knowledge of the context surrounding the candidate’s work, and in doing so should engage with history, criticism.
The School of Creative Arts is pleased to announce that we will be awarding one €5,000 bursary to the top ranked applicant to our MPhil in Film Studies: Theory, History, Practice or our MPhil in Theatre and Performance. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of previous academic qualifications, the quality of their supporting application, their letters of reference, and their potential for higher level research.
Existing applicants should indicate to the relevant MPhil co-ordinator whether they would like to be considered for this bursary.
All applications for these courses and these bursaries must be received by 30 June.
For further details about the MPhil in Composition, please contact the Director of the MPhil in Composition Dr. Evangelia Rigaki firstname.lastname@example.org
The MPhil in music composition course at TCD thoroughly broadened my horizons and encouraged me to flourish as a composer; as time progressed, I became not only more knowledgeable about composition, but intrigued by new aspects of composition that I had not previously considered. This course allowed me to compose for myself as opposed to seeing how well I met standards and allowed room for personal growth, which was so refreshing and extremely beneficial!
After completion of the MPhil course, I began my PhD research in September 2017 at TCD under Dr. Evangelia Rigaki. I am also a commissioned marching band composer to two secondary schools in Tennessee (USA), a secondary level percussion instructor, and an active member/secretary of the Irish Composer's Collective (scheduled to have 3 premieres in 2018).
1 year full-time
Closing Date30 June 2019
Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or a GPA of at least 3.3). A sample of the candidate’s own critical and music writing (for example an essay written during ug degree around 2,000 - 3,000 words and two compositions) is also required.