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Music Composition (M)

The degree of Master of Music may be taken in performance, music education, composition, music theory or music history. At WVU we have created a unique environment where our students can work with a faculty consisting of internationally known performers, pedagogues and scholars. Alumni of our programs are award winning educators, composers, and teachers. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional composer and teacher.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

Please contact Dr. David Taddie ( for portfolio submission instructions, as well as to set up your interview

Program Application Test Requirements

Applicants for entrance to the Composition program should send a portfolio of compositions that must include a major work and two or three other shorter works in various genres. The score may be on paper, bound the usual way, or as computer-notated files (Coda Software’s Finale preferred) on compact disc or ZIP disc. Portable document file format (Adobe Acrobat) is acceptable. Please do not use floppy discs. Music files may be sent as attachments to an email (to Recordings of application compositions are welcome but not mandatory.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

March 1

Spring Deadline

January 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Music and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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