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Composition

  • Available as a major (B.M.)

    The music composition concentration is offered for the student who is interested in the creative process of music.  The emphasis in this degree program is on composing music in the traditional forms, as well as developing an individual style of composition. 

  • This program is designed to prepare students for advanced studies in composition at the graduate level. 

     Degree requirements

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I don’t play the piano, is that a problem?

    Yes and no.  All music majors and minors are required to pass piano proficiency.  Students with previous piano experience have a definite advantage in preparing for this step.  However, several beginning and intermediate piano classes are available to help students who have little or no piano background prepare for the piano proficiency exam. 

    Do I have to do a solo recital?

    Yes.  All music majors are required to do a senior recital.  Music composition students are required to present their Senior Composition Project either first or second semester of their senior year. 

    Also, all music students are required to perform a single piece on one of the several student recitals during the semester on their applied instrument.  Don’t worry! Your private instructor will help you select an appropriate piece when the time comes.