Earn your BM in Composition Studies

In order to be considered a composition major that will lead to a Bachelor of Music degree, students must first be accepted into a performance studio.

The audition process for the composition program consists of submitting a portfolio of original compositions that includes at least three works, in addition to arranging an interview that evaluates general musical knowledge (form and repertoire), aural and sight-reading skills, and piano competency. The portfolio can be submitted in either the first or second year to the area head.

In order to prepare undergraduates for entrance into composition, the area offers individual lessons (MUS:1139:0IND). Please contact the area head for the appropriate instructor assignment.

Requirements and program planning

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Current course list

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Composition studies faculty

Dr. Joshua Albrecht in a Voxman Music Building classroom, smiling at the camera in a green shirt and gray blazer

Joshua Albrecht

Music Theory
Assistant Professor
Portrait of Matthew Arndt

Matthew Arndt

Music Theory
Associate Professor
Portrait of Jean-François Charles

Jean-François Charles

Composition, Digital Arts
Associate Professor
Composition/Music Theory Area Head
Portrait of David Gompper

David Gompper

Director of Center for New Music
Interim Director of Orchestras
Kati Meyer

Kati Meyer

Music Theory
Visiting Assistant Professor
Portrait of Sam Young

Sam Young

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Practice and perform

Need to book a music room, request an accompanist, check out audition information, rent a locker, or use a recording studio? Visit the Music Callboard for all scheduling and policy information.