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Graduate Applicants

The priority deadline for graduate portfolio submission is January 15 of each year. Submitting by January 15 will ensure that your application is fully considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships. Applications will be considered until the university deadline as space allows.

A portfolio submission via Accepted is required for your application to be considered. After the portfolio is reviewed, the composition faculty will contact you to set up an interview in person or over the phone.

  • Portfolio: 2-3 scores of original music as PDFs with corresponding recordings (if available).
  • In addition, you have the option to submit a work without a notated score (electronic music, non-notated music, film scores) as a complement to notated scores. Please include a short description of the work as context for faculty members reviewing you portfolio.

Undergraduate Students

Students interested in studying composition at the undergraduate level can add a Composition minor to one of the following Bachelor degree programs:

  • BM - Performance (classical or jazz)
  • BM - Music Studies (with all-level teacher certification)
  • BS - Sound Recording Technology

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Michael Ippolito, Composition Area coordinator, to set-up a meeting to discuss adding the Composition minor.

Students pursuing the BA - Music degree program are eligible to participate in MUSP 1180 - Introduction to Composition. After successful completion of this course, students interested in further composition studies must meet with Dr. Ippolito. If permission is granted, additional composition studies and advanced music theory courses will count towards the student's BA - Music degree program's Advanced Music Electives.

If you have any questions regarding composition studies at Texas State University, please contact Dr. Michael Ippolito.