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The Composition major in the Bachelor of Music degree is designed to train students to be composers and versatile musicians. The curriculum is structured to include a high level of performance in an applied area or areas. The program contains instruction in conducting, electronic music, improvisation, orchestration, theory and history courses. Areas of study include:

  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Analysis
  • Applied Music
  • Musicology

All students desiring to pursue a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Arts in Music degree must audition before members of the appropriate applied music faculty for acceptance into a music degree program.

Due to the rigorous and broad curriculum of the Composition program, graduates are well equipped to compose, perform, and teach. A number of graduates also continue their education through graduate school.

All majors offered through the School of Music require ensemble participation each semester. The School of Music offers a variety of ensemble opportunities in the following areas: Band, Choir, Early Music Ensemble, Handbells, Jazz, Opera Theater, Orchestra and Chamber Music. The School of Music presents more than 300 concerts every year.

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