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  1. Hey, I am fairly new to composers community and what to take it seriously. So planning on applying to college after my graduation in engineering. My question is I do not know what does a good prescreening portfolio consists of. I mean what all should be done to have this portfolio to be impressive. Also they ask for original scores. Any tips on what style and depth they look for in these original work as I don't think the accept pop music composition... Does it have to be strictly classical? Any help would be very appreciated.Thankyou.
  2. I am a drummer and have been into composing music for picture for the past 8months and I have developed a deep interest in theory and composition. I am currently persuing my BE in mechanical engineering and would want to take up a major in composition. I have question on how to develop a portfolio that can be deemed "acceptable" by these college for the department of composition. I have been reading a lot of theory books. Basic theory books. Started the Fundamentals of composition by Arnold a few weeks ago. Having a hard time reading the example scores. Any advice would be gold right now. Thanks :)
  3. Found this article listing the top 25 film schools... We get so many people here trying to decide where to apply to study composition for film, this might be helpful. A school with a good film program AND a good music composition program would probably be a good place to be. Here's the film school list. See if there's anywhere on it that you're also thinking about because of it's music program. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/best-film-schools-2016-top-920344/item/usc-25-film-schools-2016-920351 Cheers! pate ceramics
  4. I just recently transferred from Grand Canyon University (an abysmal school with an even more abysmal music program) to Arizona State University. And I am suddenly feeling very overwhelmed and very much an outsider. From a professional standpoint, this is a terrible, terrible thing for a composer. We need contacts and performers to bring our music to life and I am sure I am not the only person here who has struggled making contacts. So, I was wondering, how did you make contacts as a composer in college, if you went to college, and if you did not go to college how did you make professional contacts. Also, how long did it take you until you felt like you had a really solid set of contacts to collaborate with in your music?
  5. matriculate: To admit or be admitted into a group, especially a college or university There have been posts on which schools, portfolio, length, etc. I will try to organize all that in this particular thread and discuss options from baccalaureate to doctorate although I will lean heavier into masters and doctorate. 1) Picking and preparing for undergrad Three to five compositions are pretty standard. Since I am an alumnus of Michigan, Kansas State and in some time, LSU, I will use first-hand their admission practices as my references. http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/composition/auditions_ug.htm This is pretty straight-forward. They are not expecting the second coming of Beethoven. 2) Picking and preparing for Master's Here is one of Wick's Rules: If a school does not offer a doctorate in your field, the chances of you getting a scholarship drastically increases. If the aforementioned is true, then the chances of getting a scholarship to Juilliard has diminished. So what does one do? I suggest find a school that offers money to MM students. Lee University is a small college in Tennessee that has a wonderful music program. Most of you have never heard of it, but it's phenomenal. Apply there! Does this mean do not apply to the "big boys?" Not necessarily. My goal here as the older one is to put everything into perspective. Many are not familiar with Kansas State University but my matriculation there was great. Great teachers and some good musicians. 3) Picking and preparing for PhD/DMA Clarification: The difference between the two is traditionally, the PhD has a research dissertation to it. This isn't always law. The University of Washington Music Composition DMA has a research component also so the differences aren't always apparent. Here are requirements from the University of Michigan: http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/composition/auditions_rackgrad.htm There are maybe 60-70 (and that may be smaller) schools that offer a terminal Music Composition degree; therefore, the choices of school significantly drops at this level. One could say on average, about two per state. I generally hate to say that because states like NY, Cali, FL and TX have at least four but states like NM, NH, Vermont have none. States like LA, NC, SC, OR, UT have one school in their state. Consequently, that is how the average is about two per state Even with that number, one can still see that there are many schools outside of the NY/NE area that offer terminal degrees in music composition. Why limit yourself? Apply everywhere. The place where you want to go might not give you any money. A school elsewhere might be in love your music and wants you to have their degree. At this level, one really should not pay for school. At this level, one really should not pay for school. At this level, one really should not pay for school!!!! Why? There is too much money out there for you to do that and it's expensive. Now, that doesn't mean you won't have to take out a loan of some sorts; however, tuition-waivers and some form of stipend needs to happen at this level. The second reason is that at this point, you are at your last levels of matriculation and need not worry about going to a second job to pay your bills. Your institution should be preparing you for a job (which is the reason you're getting a terminal degree [for the most]) The reason one works towards the terminal degree is to get a job in academia. Of course, you'll still learn more technique from your teacher. The degree doesn't get you film score opportunities or a recording contract, it gets you a chance at academia. Therefore once again, apply everywhere. This concludes Part I. The next part shall talk about jobs/commissions in music composition! Musically Yours, Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes
  6. Does it pay off? I mean, the composition industry is hard to break in to with or without a degree... Do four years at a music college make much of a difference at all? I originally planned to go to some music school (like Berklee College of Music) but now I'm wondering if it's worth it. I know I will pursue music, but wouldn't it be more logical to pursue it originally and try to get in to the industry a different way? (Instead of a Composition major, I think I might go for computer technology with a minor in music... Would create an interesting career niche.) Any thoughts?
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