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  • Music Composition (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Music Composition minor is offered through the College of Performing Arts.

    This minor provides a flexible course of study for students with a wide range of musical backgrounds who wish to create, arrange, and notate their own music. The minor familiarizes students with the current field of music composition, building a solid foundation in the basic concepts of composition and associated musical skills while emphasizing musical innovation and creativity.


    The minor in Music Composition requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Students must apply and be accepted into the minor before registering for Composition Major Lessons. Mannes also offers private lessons to all New School students.

    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Introductory CourseCCMP 2000 Composition for Non-majors1
    Major Lessons*CAML 2050 or CAML 2500 Composition Lessons6
    Techniques of MusicCATM 1105 - CATM 4206 Theory
    CATM 1015 - CATM 4236 Ear Training
    CATM 1015 - CATM 4226 Dictation
    Level of coursework determined by placement exam
    Elective CourseworkCCMP 2150 Fundamentals of Orchestration
    CCMP 3005 - CCMP 3006 Tonal Composition
    CCMP 4010 Introduction to Super Collider or other composition elective

    *Additional tuition of $1,100/credit

    Learning Outcomes

    By the successful completion of the minor, students will be able to

    • Compose original music in a variety of styles and genres, using conventions appropriate to each
    • Arrange and notate music for solo and ensemble settings, and create parts, using principles of instrumentation and orchestration
    • Demonstrate understanding and awareness of compositional practices throughout history to present day, including the use of technology in writing and creating music
    • Apply knowledge of the Techniques of Music (Music Theory, Ear Training, Dictation) to inform their own music compositions
    • Develop an individual compositional voice and artistic viewpoint


    Minors are available to all undergraduate students across The New School. For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Maggie Koozer, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning,, 212.580.0210 x4824.

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    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

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