Our MFA in Music Composition degree program is not only one of the first of its kind anywhere, but it's uniquely suited to a wide variety of musicians, students, teachers, and artists.
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Our MFA in Music Composition—the first of its kind—offers a chance for you to forge your own creative path, refine your composition skills, and grow more vital as an artist, composer, teacher, and musician.
VCFA’s immersive, low-residency model brings students and faculty together, joined by world-class musicians who perform and record student music, for an intensive week once every six months while earning an MFA. Music Composition students not only produce new work over the course of four semesters, but also hear and share the music they write with an engaged community.
The deep relationship between student and faculty mentor that begins during the seven-day on-campus residency is catalyst for the creative work of the semester, where each student works from home on an individualized, self-designed composition project. In this way the program carves out space in students’ lives for inquiry, experimentation, research, and criticism, making room for both the exploration and the refinement of their craft.
Learn more about how our low-residency master’s of fine arts program in music composition works at VCFA in our free guide, “What is low-residency? How does it work in the MFA in Music Composition?”