Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Martucci Salerno

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MA Composition


Qualification awarded: Composition Master Degree

Course code: sDCPL15

Qualification type/level: EHEA 2st cycle; EQF level 7

Course structure:

Course Unit

ECTS credits 1st Year

ECTS credits 2nd Year

Basic courses    
Analysis of compositional forms 5 5
History and analysis of repertoire 5/10 5/10
Music semiography 5  
History and aesthetics of Contemporary music   5
Specific courses    
Twentieth-Century music harmony 5 5
Counterpoint 5/10 5/10
Techniques of musical composition 15 15
Techniques of instrumentation, orchestration and arrangement 5 5
Electroacoustics and electroacoustic systems   5
Related or additional courses    
Acoustics and psycho-acoustics 5  
Conducting workshop 5 5
Improvisation and composition workshop 5 5
Programming languages for computer music 5  
Practice of chamber music and orchestra score reading 5 5
Elective workshop 5 5
Musical dramaturgy   5
Multimedia publishing   5
Music semiology   5
Others courses    
Music software 5 5
European foreign language 5 5
Workshops and other elective educational activities, including external ones 5 5
Training related to the course of study 5 5
Theory of music 5 5
Final examination   10
TOTAL 60 60

Key learning outcomes:
Students completing required courses for the Master Degree of Composition will have acquired the technical ability and specific competences that will allow them to fully express their interpretative personality. To meet this goal, students will closely study the main compositional techniques and idioms that are most representative of various historical periods. Specific professional expertise in instrumentation, orchestration, transcription and arrangement will be acquired, developing perceptual abilities in aural training and memorization. In addition, students will learn about the various models of music analysis and their evolution. Upon completion of the Master Degree, students will have attained in_] depth knowledge of the general stylistic, historical and aesthetic aspects related to their specific area of composition. In addition, they will be able to carry out improvisation and will possess adequate skills in the use of computer technology for music. The ability to use a second European Union language will also be obtained.

Mode of study: Full time / Part time.

Limited number of places available each year.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning:
Credits are transferred according to the general arrangements for recognition of prior learning of the Institution. Maximum number of recognized credits: 60

Specific admission requirements:
To apply for a Postgraduate degree it is necessary to hold a Bachelor’s.
Students holding a Bachelor’s degree awarded by university or a university-level institution can be admitted if their secondary school leaving certificate grants access to a Postgraduate degree within the Higher Education system of reference.
Admittance will be based on the entrance exam results.

Qualification requirements and regulations:
This course is based on the ECTS credit accumulation system. The student must complete the curriculum as described in the Course structure. This includes compulsory and elective subjects and other activities for a total of 120 ECTS credits.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading:
The Italian grading system is based on a scale of 0-30, with 18/30 as the lowest passing grade. 30/30 cum laude may also be awarded. The final grade is based on a scale of 0-110, with 66/110 as the lowest passing grade. To the highest grade of 110/110, cum laude may be added, but only with the unanimous decision of the examining board. Salerno Conservatoire provides an ECTS Grading Table (inserisci link alla pagina ECTS Grading Table) which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems.

Graduation requirements:
The final exam consists of the discussion of an essay of adequate scientific value.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples:
This course provides career opportunities in the following fields: music composition; music transcription; music arrangements.

Access to further studies:
Graduates holding a 2nd cycle degree are eligible to apply to 3rd cycle degrees.

Exchange student programs: Erasmus +

President of the Degree Course Council: Giancarlo Turaccio

Degree Course Council:
Giancarlo Turaccio, Michele Salerno, Lucia Ronchetti, Luigi Turaccio, Bruno Benvenuto, Vittoriano Di Grazia, Luca Andrea Giordano, Francesca Turano, Giorgio Savarese, Rosanna Di Giuseppe, Maria Cristina Galasso, Silvia Lanzalone

Student delegate: Clelia Vitaliano

Tuition fees: minimum 600 - maximum 1.000

stemmaGiuseppe Martucci Salerno State Conservatoire

Via Salvatore De Renzi 62, 84125 Salerno SA Italy

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