Music Composition

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is a professional degree with intense study within music. Approximately 70 percent of the coursework is in music; 30 percent in Bible and general education.


Composition Major

The Bachelor of Music degree in Composition is a professional degree for the musically talented student interested in a highly intense, in-depth study of music within the context of Scripture and the liberal arts.

In addition to the music credits, the degree also includes core curriculum courses to round out one's studies. It is an appropriate degree for students considering performing careers, graduate training, private teaching, composing and arranging or other music-related professions. The Bachelor of Music in Composition does not qualify the student to be certified to teach public school music. The degree is granted upon completion of 137–145 credits as specified in the college catalog (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses).

Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for all students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Music Education degree. Auditions are held during spring semester and new student orientation in August. Please visit the music admissions & scholarships page for more information.

  • Fine Arts courses in core curriculum must include MUS1075 or MUS1825. Music majors may take a placement test to exempt this requirement. If a student passes the test, he or she may choose another course from the Fine Arts category to satisfy that requirement. Contact the Department of Music for more information about the test.
  • Biblical Worldview & Academic Disciplines requirement in core curriculum is fulfilled by taking the required music course MUH3106. (Transfer students unable to take MUH3106 for Academic Disciplines must take it as an added course.)
Music Core36–40 cr
MTC1000Music Theory Fundamentals1
MTC1001Music Theory I2
MTC2112Music Theory II3
MTC1003Sight Singing and Ear Training I1
MTC2004Sight Singing and Ear Training II1
MTC1005Music Technology2
MTC3101Music Theory III3
MTC3102Music Theory IV3
MTC3103Sight Singing and Ear Training III1
MTC3104Sight Singing and Ear Training IV1
MUH3101Music History I (WCE)4
MUH3102Music History II (WCE)4
MUH3106Music in World Cultures
(see Academic Disciplines requirement above)
MUS1000Music Hour (8 semesters required)0
Introduction to Music or
Honors Introduction to Music
(see Fine Arts requirement above)
MUS2176Fundamentals of Conducting2
Music Ensembles (8 credits with a minimum of 6 semesters [6 credits] in large ensembles on primary instrument)
Majors in the B.M. and B.A. programs whose primary instrument is piano, organ, or guitar may use up to two semesters of handbell choir to partially fulfill the large ensemble requirement.
Private or Class Piano (taken until the complete piano proficiency exam is passed or MUP2102 is passed with a C- or above)0–4
Composition Courses
37 cr
MTC3001Class Composition I2
MTC3002Class Composition II2
MTC4205Form and Analysis2
MTC4208Twentieth Century Techniques2
MTC4209Choral Arranging2
MUP21XXSecondary Applied Voice/Instrument (6 semesters at secondary level; at least four semesters/credits must  be on one instrument)6
MUP3160Private Composition, Major4
MUP4160Private Composition, Major4
MUP4696Senior Recital-Full1
Music Electives A minimum of 6 upper-level credits.8

WCE= Written Communication Emphasis; OCE = Oral Communication Emphasis. See the college catalog for explanation and prerequisites.

Places that hire composers:
  • Private and community music centers (teaching)
  • Churches
  • Orchestras
  • Choirs
  • Opera companies
  • Military ensembles
  • Recording studios
  • Dance companies and teaching studios
  • Radio/television/film
Other options
  • Work in music business, profit or nonprofit
  • Graduate studies in music education or other areas such as music therapy, performance, music history, music theory.