The undergraduate and graduate composition degree programs at Baylor University concentrate on the development of the young composer to find his/her style or voice. Composition students at Baylor are trained to be versatile composers and musicians. The curriculum is structured to include a high level of performance on an instrument or multiple instruments, conducting experience, electronic music, improvisation, orchestration, and other composition, theory and history courses.

Baylor's composition degree is cutting edge, but also gives the students a solid foundation that prepares them to be the multi-tasking musicians of the twenty-first century.


Facilities and Resources


Alinea (Room 330, Marrs McLean Science Building)

Alinea's mission is to:

Cultivate Informed Creative Research

Alinea provides space, tools, and specialized guidance that fostor collaboration and exploration of new interdisciplinary approaches to the arts.

Alinea's current space houses specialized equipment for research involved in creating fixed and interactive electroacoustic music, scoring for film, and experimenting with other arts technologies. Only a couple of classes meet in Alinea to ensure the space is left available for researchers and compostion students to work on their own projects.

Alinea Manual

8-Channel Studio:

  • Mac Pro
    • 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5, 32GB RAM
    • AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
  • 8.1 Audio System (Dynaudio BM6A MII and BM14S)
  • Metric Halo LIO-8 with 8 pres
  • Mackie Control Universal Pro and Control Extender Pro
  • Mackie 2408 mixer

2-Channel Studio:

  • Mac Pro
    • 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5, 32GB RAM
    • AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
  • 2 Genelec 8030A
  • Metric Halo LIO-8 with 8 pres
  • Sennheiser HD 650
  • Korg Triton Keyboard

Software in Both Studios:

  • Logic Pro
  • Pro Tools
  • Izotope RX
  • Ableton Live
  • Adobe Audition
  • Reaper
  • Arduor
  • Audacity
  • Komplete 11
  • Jack Audio Server
  • Max
  • Pure Data
  • Finale
  • Dorico
  • Adobe Premier + Media Encoder
  • DaVinci Resolve

Other hardware:

  • Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, two iPad Pros
  • ARP 2600 analogy synthesizer (restored by Switched On Austin)
  • ElectroComp EML 400/401
  • Steinway B Piano
  • Hammond C3 Organ
  • Player Piano



Comp Lab (Room 220, Roxy Grove Hall - Next door to Dr. McAllister)

The Comp Lab is a publishing lab for composition students to edit, print, bind, and package their compositions. It is equipped with an 11x17 duplex printer, spiral binder, and other binding necessities.



Crouch Fine Arts Library "Music Lab" (3rd Floor of Moody Library)

The Music Lab is a specialized instructional technology center for music applications. The lab is located in the Listening/Viewing Center of the Crouch Fine Arts Library. The lab is available for use during all regular Library hours (with a valid BearID), except when it is reserved for a class or seminar.

There are 12 student work stations in the lab, plus an instructor station, and each includes a computer and a MIDI keyboard controller. The Music Lab computers have the following software applications installed:

  • Study Commons Software
  • Finale (music notation)
  • Dorico (music notation)
  • Pyware 3D (drill design for marching band)
  • DaVinci Resolve (video editing)
  • Pure Data (visual programming language for multimedia)