Music composition at University of the Pacific is a fully immersive and broad major which will position you well to navigate this ever-evolving field of music. You will spend extensive time writing works for a variety of ensembles, learning a broad range of compositional techniques and honing your own compositional voice. You will compose for solo instruments, small ensembles, voice, chorus, percussion, digital media and larger musical forces such as orchestra and band. Specialized studies in orchestration, contemporary performance techniques, electronic music and film scoring will add crucial skills to your creative tool kit.

Film and Media

Pursue your passion for film and game music with elective courses in media scoring, film production and music technology.

Songwriting and Production

Take courses in music business and popular songwriting while learning your way around our professional-level recording studio.

Foundational Skills

Study traditional counterpoint and orchestration alongside your one-on-one composition lessons with faculty composers.

music composition major Peter Altamura
Outstanding student
Peter Altamura '22

Music has always been an integral part of Peter’s life. The pivotal moment in life was his first heavy metal concert where he experienced the unifying power of music and realized he’d found his calling. As a music composition major at Pacific, he co-founded the Pacific Heavy Ensemble, a trail-blazing 40-piece symphonic metal group, which fosters collaboration with other musicians and challenges the status quo. 

Our graduates are positioned to succeed

Many have gone on to attend top graduate programs and have pursued successful careers in the commercial music and media industries, as well as in the fields of academia and education. Several have received major honors, including Emmy Awards, Guggenheim Fellowships and Fulbright Grants.

Music composition minor
Music Theory

The minor is open only to music majors (except music composition majors) as a secondary area. If you plan to major in music performance, this minor may extend your knowledge of music theory to support your performance activities or build on your compositional interests.

Professor Andrew Conklin at a scoreboard
conservatory student in Owen recording studio
Music composition minor
Creative Music Technology

This minor is open to all students and allows you to undertake advanced coursework in areas such as audio production, digital and analog synthesis, computer music and recording engineering. You will pursue creative projects and take courses with faculty in the Music Composition and Music Industry Studies programs.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music in Music Composition
Minor in Music Theory
Minor in Creative Music Technology

Contact Us

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Conservatory of Music
209.946.2418

Faye Spanos Concert Hall, 3rd Floor
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211