Composition

Composition at postgraduate level enables students to further define their creative voice in both instrumental and computer music areas.

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Our musical history continues to expand at a rapid pace. Aesthetic boundaries are stretched to their limits yet we must always question our compositional methods. Composition with technology is about understanding how it works and, most importantly, why it works.

Composition is about placing your aesthetic within a vibrant tradition. Adrian Moore composes mainly acousmatic music in stereo or multichannel formats. Adam Stanovic also composes acousmatic music and is an active member of the Composers Desktop Project. Dorothy Ker works with mixed media, often combining instruments and electronics.

The University of Sheffield Sound Studios has a thriving postgraduate community: Masters in Composition, PhD Composition and PhD Music Technology. This latter option is increasingly popular as it affords an opportunity to develop a broad portfolio including compositions, installation art, visual music, software and a substantial written contextualisation (35-40K words).  

The Centre for New Music at Sheffield (CeNMaS) aims to foster connections among composers, performers and audiences in Sheffield and beyond. CeNMaS is the focus for the large number of concerts, visiting lectures, residencies, symposia and festivals taking place at Sheffield throughout the academic calendar, including those hosted by the University of Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS), the Sheffield University New Music Ensemble and the Sound Laboratory Concerts Series. Visit the CeNMaS website to view past and future events and to connect with us on social media.

Academic Staff 

Thinking of applying for postgraduate study?

If you are interested in applying for a masters degree, please contact music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

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