As a composition major, you will gain a foundation in traditional Western art music, while having the opportunity to explore jazz, electronic music, film scoring, and other media. In addition to having individual lessons with our award-winning faculty, you will have the opportunity to work with renowned composers through our Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition series. While taking courses such as orchestration, counterpoint, and arranging, you will hear your music performed by highly skilled musicians on a regular basis. Each year, composers such as John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, George Crumb, Chen Yi, and William Bolcom present master classes, critique student works, and give lectures on their own work.
If your desire is to focus on the building blocks of music -- the tools and the structure -- our degree in music theory is for you. Your studies begin with our rigorous core curriculum in music theory and sight singing, taken by all music students. During your junior and senior years you will receive additional in-depth instruction from our nationally recognized music theory faculty in a broad array of areas such as analysis, advanced aural skills, counterpoint, orchestration, choral arranging, and theory pedagogy.