Bachelor of Music, Composition Concentration


The B.M., Composition Concentration is a professional undergraduate degree program designed to prepare the student to compose original music for a wide variety of genres, including symphonic works, chamber music, electronic music, and music for media. Course work emphasizes comprehensive musicianship throughout the curriculum with particular emphasis on individualized study in music composition.

Students receive six semesters of applied composition lessons, as well as specialized training in arranging, orchestration, electronic music production, and music analysis. The degree culminates with a  student composition recital and the completion of a senior thesis in the form of a major work for orchestra or other large ensemble.

Admissions Process

All students wishing to enroll in this degree program must first be accepted to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance by completing an audition on their primary instrument/voice. Prospective composition students should meet the Bachelor of Arts level requirement for their instrument. After completion of the audition, students will be enrolled as general music majors during their freshman year.

During the spring semester of their freshman year, prospective composition majors will complete an entrance interview with the composition faculty. Students will provide at least two scores (original compositions only) composed in the past five years as part of the interview process. Successful completion of the interview will be based on the quality of the scores submitted and the student’s general knowledge of music and background in composition.


Study With

James David

Associate Professor of Music; Composition, Music Theory

(970) 491-4154