Composition Examinations

We offer four levels of diploma in composition, which are assessed based on the use of instruments, imagery, score layout and how the music reflects the theme on which it is based.

Composition is offered as an examination by itself, or as part of a performance or dissertation diploma at one of the four levels. There is also an option to do a diploma in performance, dissertation and composition. For more details on this, please see our combined examinations page.

Below is a list of the requirements for each level of composition examination

NMSM composition examinations

 
Diploma DipNMSM
Outline Proposal 150 words + theme
Maximum course duration 6 months
Composition duration 5 mins +/- 1 min
Viva None
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording
 
Diploma ANMSM
Outline Proposal 200 words + theme
Maximum course duration 9 months
Composition duration 10 mins +/- 1 min
Viva 15 mins
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording
 
Diploma LNMSM
Outline Proposal 250 words + theme
Maximum course duration 18 months
Composition duration 15 mins +/- 2 mins
Viva 20 mins
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording
 
Diploma FNMSM
Outline Proposal 300 words + theme
Maximum course duration 24 months
Composition duration 25 mins +/- 4 mins
Viva 30 mins
Requirements 5 pieces (max) or suite (5 movements) or 1 work
Summary notes Hand written or typed
Presentation Hand written or typed plus recording