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Peabody has always been a pioneer in the study of electronic and computer music, and the new low-residency master’s degree in computer music adds a new level of flexibility and innovation. The program builds on the strengths of the traditional composition track in computer music, with students learning to develop composition techniques which take advantage of the unique capabilities of electronic and digital music technology.

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Harnessing the unique opportunities of the hybrid format, low-residency computer music students at Peabody will:

  • Participate in a remote laptop ensemble
  • Take computer music programming with the on-campus cohort
  • Learn how to write for a variety of technological media including fixed media, interactive, algorithmic, and multi-media
  • Learn from visiting artists and engage in experiential learning by producing their concerts
  • Gain deep understanding of how to coordinate music over the internet

Highlights of the low-residency master’s program in computer music include:

  • In-person June intensives combining academic study with the community, rich schedule, access to four state of the art studios and immersive environment of a summer music festival.
  • Summer term private lessons beginning in-person in Baltimore and continuing remotely in July and August.
  • Students attend and participate in master classes, seminar presentations, and performances with esteemed guest composers, performers and technologists
  • Composers collaborate with students in the low-residency programs in Composition and Guitar.
  • Students may enroll in elective minor lessons at the same rates and regulations as all Peabody students.

Audition and TOEFL requirements are the same as those for the traditional residential program.


McGregor Boyle

McGregor Boyle is active as a composer, performer, and music educator with a primary interest in digital media and computer applications to music composition and performance.

Norah Lorway

Norah Lorway is a composer, pianist, live coding laptop performer, and artificial intelligence researcher originally from Canada, and based in the UK since 2010. She is an active performer of live coding laptop music. She is known for her work in the international algorave music scene and has been heralded by press such as MixMag as being “a pioneer” in live coding.

Wendel Patrick

Wendel Patrick has been referred to as “David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer” by Urbanite Magazine and as “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun.

Sam Pluta

Sam Pluta is a composer, electronics performer, and sound artist. Though his work has a wide breadth, his central focus is on using the computer as a performance instrument capable of sharing the stage with groups ranging from new music ensembles to world-class improvisers.

Margaret Schedel

With an interdisciplinary career blending classical training in cello and composition, sound/audio data research, and innovative computational arts education, Margaret Anne Schedel transcends the boundaries of disparate fields to produce integrated work at the nexus of computation and the arts.


The low-residency master’s degree in computer music is a full-time program that will be completed in 13 months. The summer sessions require in-person attendance while the courses in the fall and spring are done through remote learning platforms.

Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
Summer Lessons 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 4 Summer Lessons 3
Seminar 2 Seminar 1 Seminar 1 Seminar 2
Lesson Extension 1 Programming 1 3 Programming 2 3 Paper Capstone 1
Studio Techniques 1 Elective 1 Elective 1 Portfolio 2
Elective 1 Theory Seminar 3 Theory Seminar 3 Elective 1
Building Your Brand 2 Foundations of Music Research 2 Musicology Seminar 3 Pitching Your Creative Idea 2
    History/Electroacoustic 3        
Total 10 Total 17 Total 15 Total 11