Music Composition

The Composition major in the Bachelor of Music degree trains students to be composers and versatile musicians. The curriculum includes a high level of performance in an applied area or areas. The program contains instruction in conducting, electronic music and improvisation.  It also contains instruction in 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.  Music faculty review auditions for acceptance into each music degree program.

The Composition program has a rigorous and broad curriculum. Graduates are well equipped to compose, perform, and teach. Many graduates also continue their education through graduate school.

The Bachelor of Music Education degree requires ensemble participation each semester. The Music School offers a variety of ensemble opportunities.  These include 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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