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The outstanding programs and facilities of the Computer Music Department add another exciting dimension to composition at Peabody.

The Bachelor of Music degree program in Computer Music combines the rigorous musical and academic undergraduate curriculum of the Peabody Conservatory with specialized courses in Computer Music and Music Technology.

The three-track Master’s program in Computer Music was created for students seeking a graduate degree in applied Computer Music, with concentrations in conservatory-level Composition, Performance/Concert Production or Research/Technology. The Master’s program prepares students for advanced work in areas of music where multimedia and technology occupy an essential role.

Of special interest to composers is the Composition track which allows a concentration on creating music utilizing computer music systems in conjunction with traditional instruments and ensembles. Students work with the latest digital synthesis hardware and software, and learn through private and classroom instruction to develop composition techniques which take advantage of the unique capabilities of electronic and digital music technology.

Composition Department students can take minor lessons with Computer Music Department faculty to incorporate technology into their acoustic compositions.

Students pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree at Peabody have the option of doing so with a concentration in Computer Music. This option allows advanced students to pursue multimedia and technology-assisted composition in addition to working with conventional resources.

Learn more about the differences between the focuses of Computer Music, Music for New Media, and Recording Arts and Sciences.

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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.

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.

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Offering degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and DMA levels, Peabody Composition provides rigorous professional training to help young composers discover and nurture their own expressive voices. Private weekly lessons are supplemented by departmental seminars with distinguished visiting composers, scholars, new music ensembles, and soloists. Performance opportunities include departmental recitals, readings with Peabody’s large ensembles and chamber musicians, and the staging of complete opera scenes. Additional opportunities include an ongoing reading session program with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Marin Alsop, and readings and performances of student works by leading new music soloists and ensembles. All recitals and readings are professionally recorded. Composition majors also benefit from Peabody’s extensive library of music as well as Baltimore’s ever-growing and diverse new music scene.

Music for New Media

Offered as a four-year undergraduate degree program, Music for New Media is designed for students with a particular interest in film scoring and composing for emerging media platforms. Students are trained in sound design and music composition for film, TV, video games and virtual/augmented reality. Students study core subjects including composition, instrumentation/orchestration, music theory, ear training, sight reading, keyboard studies, and programming. Compositions for traditional instruments are scored through software emulation and Virtual Instruments, with many opportunities to record and mix music in Peabody's world-class professional recording studios. Capstone projects undertaken in the final year of the degree will take advantage of the wide spectrum of unique collaborations possible at Johns Hopkins.