School of Music & Fine Arts

Music Composition, B. Music

music composition

You are fascinated with the process of creating a new piece of music. Your desire to learn the intricacies of how to structure a musical piece, and be involved step by step until completion, means a career in composition might be just right for you. The primary focus of the major in Music Composition in the School of Music and Fine Arts is the study and incorporation of compositional techniques found in art music of the western classical tradition, from earliest times through the present day. As a Music Composition major, you will receive instruction in the writing of solo and ensemble music for a variety of vocal, instrumental and electronic media through private instruction and group seminars. You will also be encouraged to explore music outside of the western classical tradition.

Your Courses & Classes

Your Experience

At PBA, you'll:

  • Enjoy a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 18
  • Experience an arts education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective
  • Develop your unique mode of expression in music
  • Meet with fellow students in composition seminars to discuss works in progress or topics of interest, and to meet with guest composers or performers
  • Hone your performance skills through a variety of opportunities, from PBA choirs to ensembles
  • Engage in hands-on learning through internships
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations
  • Graduate with a true understanding and appreciation of music

Your Faculty

You’ll learn from seasoned performers, including a faculty member who earned a master’s degree at The Juilliard School and has performed with orchestras at the Music Academy of the West, Princeton University, University of Miami and the Miami Pops. Also, a faculty member who has performed as a soloist throughout Central and South America and served as principal second violin with the National Chamber Players.

Your Opportunities in Music Composition

While a student at PBA, you can participate in events like the International Piano Festival where you can interact with world-renowned musicians and performers. You also have the opportunity to join groups such as the PBA Concert Choir, Symphonic Band or Pop-rock Lab Ensemble.

Upon graduation, you have the option of continuing to graduate school to further develop your skills, or beginning your career. Possible career opportunities for a Music Composition major include:

  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Orchestrator
  • Copyist
  • Conductor