Music, Composition

The Bachelor of Science in Music Composition degree is designed for students seeking a liberal arts degree in music that focuses on preparing them for a career as a composer. The curriculum of this program is designed to ensure that students receive a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music composition, theory, and history, while receiving individual instruction in their vocal or instrumental specialty. Students also participate in various musical ensembles appropriate to their area of musical study. After completion, students earning this degree generally pursue advanced composition degrees in graduate school or immediately enter the field as composers. Students that have studied composition at HSU have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs, entered public and private education, and become church music ministers, active composers and arrangers, arts administrators, and business owners.

Music Admissions, Auditions, & Scholarship Information

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Jeffrey S Cottrell Associate Professor of Low Brass and Theory College of Fine Arts

Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell

Associate Dean, School of Music

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Majors

  • Music Composition (B.S.)

Minors

Why Study Music Composition at HSU?

Fun Options

This degree includes the study and composition of music for film and TV.

Faculty Experience

The composition faculty consists of award-winning composers.

Career Flexibility

The rigorous training the student receives prepares him or her for a great variety of careers in music and related fields.

Program Details

Required courses include music theory and history core, six terms of composition study, ensemble, private instrument or voice studies, and several courses in upper-level music theory.

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog: Music Composition, B.S.

An audition on an instrument or voice. This audition also determines scholarship award money.

Music Admissions, Auditions, & Scholarship Information

Students who have studied composition at HSU have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs, entered public and private education, and become church music ministers, active composers and arrangers, arts administrators, and business owners.