Music Composition

Major/Minor

If listening to music stirs you to create your own, if you enjoy experimenting with different instruments and textures of sound, consider the music composition major. Along with providing a solid background in music theory, our program familiarizes you with brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments, and puts theory into action through hands-on theory and composition labs.

In this program, you will . . . 

  • study historic composers and a variety of genres and musical styles
  • consider the role of music in different cultures around the globe
  • gain skills using modern music technology for composition
  • develop your individual composition style

Music theory training involves:

  • Basic structural elements of tonal theory and harmony
  • Principles of part writing
  • Melodic phrase analysis
  • Diatonic harmonic progression

You'll learn the building blocks of musical composition, the general "rules" of composing and, through every composition class, develop original pieces.

You'll also . . . 

  • analyze the structures and designs of historic pieces
  • learn how to arrange choral and instrumental works
  • practice conducting
  • gain extensive performance experience through ensemble participation

Every music composition student presents a senior recital where his or her original compositions are performed by the composer and other Taylor musicians.

See the curriculum guide for the Bachelor of Music in Music Composition.