The Peabody Conservatory’s new low-residency master’s degree programs offer the artistic excellence and academic rigor of a Peabody education in a more focused and flexible format for today’s students. Combining a full academic year of distance learning with two compressed in-person summer sessions, the low-residency programs are built for technology-literate 21st-century artists who want to pursue master’s-level training at an accelerated pace that minimizes the time away from their busy creative lives. These programs allow you to complete your Master of Music in just 13 months of full-time study, cutting both the time and the total cost of the degree.

The low-residency program in composition launched with its first cohort of students in Summer 2022. Applications for Summer 2024 will open in the Fall.

As a leader among conservatories in online course development, Peabody faculty and staff have both the expertise and the experience to ensure the highest quality of instruction is delivered through every module of this hybrid learning environment. You’ll be learning alongside a cohort of highly-motivated, career-focused individuals in a program that is set up to support your success. And you’ll have access to Peabody’s world-class faculty, outstanding academic and artistic resources, library and tech support, career services, and alumni network.

Students in Peabody’s low-residency master’s degree programs can expect a robust full-time schedule of classes, lessons, workshops, and seminars following this general timeline:

  • Arrive in June for a 4-week residency in Baltimore. While studying on campus, you have the opportunity to network with your peers across disciplines, meet with faculty and mentors, and spend time with invited guest artists and experts.
  • Lessons continue remotely through the summer to allow for a gradual transition to online instruction.
  • Fall and Spring semesters will be fully online. Learn from anywhere, with full online access to Peabody faculty and resources, while honoring your commitments to family, careers, or other obligations that rule out full-residency programs.
  • Return in the following June for a second 4-week residency on campus.
  • Graduate with a Master of Music for the same total cost as a single year in the traditional program.

The enrollment deadline is January 15. Audition and TOEFL requirements are the same as those for the traditional residential program; please visit the low-residency departmental program page for Composition for details.

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