School of Music & Fine Arts


 Music Composition at PBA

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. 

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What Can I Do With This Degree?

Just a few of the opportunities you'll be prepared for are:

  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Orchestrator
  • Copyist
  • Conductor