Music Composition

Music Composition

Create music from your imagination and develop effective ways to share it with performers and audiences through music composition. Writing music requires knowledge of all facets of music to be successful, and studying music composition provides the foundation you need to create your own works.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Music degree program helps you develop vision, depth and experience. You will learn about music from the past and present in order to help you understand concepts necessary to become a successful composer, and you will work closely with your professors to develop aesthetic, creative, critical and intellectual musical skills.

As a music composition major, you'll receive instruction in composition, conducting, ensembles, General Education requirements, music electives, music history and literature, music theory and performance studies.

Participation in eight semesters of composition seminar and eight semesters of recital attendance will help you develop critical listening experience and knowledge of repertoire.

You will present two composition recitals during your junior and senior years, and many student composers present an additional large work, performed by our orchestra, wind ensemble or choir.

The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in music composition. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.