Theory and Composition (Composition), BMUS

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Students pursuing the BMus in theory and composition must choose a concentration in either theory or composition. The completion of the requirements for this concentration results in the award of one degree in either theory or composition.

Students who select the concentration in composition focus on developing a range of techniques for writing music for diverse genres and media including chamber, orchestra, electronic music, and film and video scoring. The School of Music offers students the opportunity to study with composers who have established national and international reputations.

This program may be used as the first step toward a master's degree or doctorate in music composition or another graduate academic music degree.

Program Offered

Theory and Composition (Composition), BMUS

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 1, 2020
Fall 2021: December 1, 2020

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • arranging
  • composing
  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
  • serving as an artist-in-residence in school programs
  • teaching in a private studio and community program
  • teaching theory and composition
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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