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Explore your musical and creative gifts with a Music Composition major. You will experiment with different instruments and textures of sound, develop your individual composition style, and consider the role of music in different cultures around the globe.
Along with providing a solid background in music theory, our program familiarizes you with brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments, putting theory into action through hands-on composition labs.
Music students gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation. Taylor offers a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles.
The Music, Theatre, & Dance Scholarship is presented to outstanding high school seniors and transfer students who are committed to a career in music, theatre, or dance. The total award amounts vary depending on the student’s musical ability and the needs of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. To qualify, students must declare a major in the department, complete the scholarship application, and audition in person or video.Apply Now
A minor in Music Composition assists students in developing their music composition skills for classical or popular applications. Choose to focus on instrumental, choral, or electro-acoustic composition to apply your passion for music to various fields. Majors in Christian Ministries or Film and Media Production may be interested in adding this minor to their degrees.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.
Our music theory training involves essential elements of tonal theory and harmony, principles of part writing, melodic phrase analysis, and diatonic harmonic progression. You’ll learn the general “rules” of composing and, through every composition class, develop original pieces.
Your course work will let you analyze the structures and designs of historic composers’ pieces to inform your own compositions and use modern music technology to strengthen your technical composition skills across a variety of genres and musical styles. You will learn how to arrange choral and instrumental works, practice conducting, and gain extensive performance experience through ensemble participation. Every Music Composition student concludes their music education with a senior recital, performing their original compositions.
A Music Composition major prepares you to study further in graduate school, teach theory and/or composition at a high school or college levels, and compose or arrange sacred or secular music. This major also leads to numerous opportunities in radio, television, and other related fields.
Nov 01, 2022
“Matter and Spirit” will be displayed in Metcalf Gallery from November 4 until December 12. The traveling Chinese/American Art exhibition explores the place of the spiritual in the context of China and the United States, both increasingly materialistic societies.Read Article
Mar 24, 2022
Current freshman Music Composition major Ethan Watts ’25 released his third album, Hysteresis, in December 2021.Read Article
Jun 05, 2020
With an internship at Sweetwater Sound’s summer camps, junior Music Education and Special Education major Moorea Reiskytl gained valuable skills equip her for the classroom.Read Article
Mar 26, 2018
The Taylor University Wind Ensemble will present a farewell concert for retiring chair of the Department of Music, Dr. Al Harrison. The concert, scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 pm, will be held in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium and followed by a reception for Dr. Harrison in the LaRita Boren Campus Center.Read Article