All undergraduates and graduate students, except for freshmen, have one-hour private lessons per week with a teacher. Freshmen have private 30-45 minute lessons per week in addition to a weekly freshman seminar.
Undergraduates need to take two years of instrumental lessons. Most often, students take piano lessons (you don’t have to audition for the piano studio). If you wish to have lessons on an instrument other than piano, you need to take an instrumental audition in order to be accepted into a studio. Masters students take one year of instrumental lessons.
We generally have 14-16 undergraduate and graduate composition students each year. We also have a small number of composition minors in our Program.
There are numerous opportunities available each year for composition majors, from competitions and reading sessions to lessons with guest composers and student collaborations. Please check the Program Activities link for a full list of our annual opportunities.
Additionally, several of our former composition students started musical organizations after graduation. In particular, they created Access Contemporary Music, Anaphora Ensemble, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Singers on New Ground, and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Players.
Undergraduate students are required to take 15 credit hours of non-music, academic electives. Graduate students don’t have this requirement, but can take courses if they desire; however, these classes won’t count towards their degree program.
If you are a composition major, then you will have access to the Electro-Acoustic Studios right away. However, if you don't already have prior experience in electro-acoustic music, then you will need to first take the Electro-Acoustic Music sequence, which is offered every other year.
Students interested in the M.M. in Composition may be interested in applying for any of nine half-assistantships available at CCPA. The half-assistantship includes 50% tuition coverage, as well as an annual stipend of $2500. Assistantships are awarded for one year; graduate assistants will be evaluated at the end of the first year and may be invited to return with the approval of the faculty. Assistantship areas include Composition (1), Music Theory (3), Musicology (1), Choir (1), Orchestra (2), and Collaborative Piano (1).
Graduate Music Assistantship Application Information
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