As a Music Composition student, 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 toolkit. 

This degree requires an interview with faculty. Interviews are conducted on the same day as the live audition or by telephone if submitting a video-recorded audition.

Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, 4-year grid (pdf)

Minor in Music Theory

The minor in music theory is available only to music majors (except Music Composition) 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.

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Accessibility of double major

"The fully immersive nature of the conservatory, as well as the sense of community, is more than I could have ever hoped for. Studying here has enriched my relationship with music, especially because of how accessible double majoring is."

Maya Balachandran ’22
Music Performance and Composition, Violin

Our graduates are positioned to succeed

Our Music Composition graduates are well positioned to navigate a dynamic and ever-evolving musical landscape. They 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. Many of them have received major honors, including Emmy Awards, Guggenheim Fellowships and Fulbright Grants.

Pictured: Larry Goupe '79 (BM, Music Composition) at Abbey Road Studios

Alumnus Larry Groupe, composer and conductor

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music in Music Composition
Minor in Music Theory

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