A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Music Composition Major/Minor

Making Music

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.

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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.

Music Composition Minor

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, Film and Media Production, or Musical Theatre may be interested in adding this minor to their degrees.

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2019 Performances
  • Lyric Theatre

    She Loves Me
    Feb. 1-2 at 8 p.m.
    Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall
    Tickets $10*

  • Taylor Sounds & Chorale

    “And The Winner Is...” Valentine Dinner
    Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    Alspaugh Rooms, Hodson Dining Commons
    Tickets $30*

  • Lyric Theatre

    “Opera Scenes”
    Apr. 5-6 at 8 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • Wind Ensemble

    Spring Concert
    Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Symphony Orchestra

    Grandparents Day Concert
    Apr. 26 at 4 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Chorale & Sounds

    “Chords of Love” Reunion Concert
    Apr. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Jazz Ensemble

    Spring Concert
    Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • Symphony Orchestra

    Spring Concert
    May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Adoration Chorus & Strings

    Spring Concert
    May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • Taylor Ringers

    Spring Concert
    May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • *Order your tickets by calling 765-998-5232. If a performance’s ticket price is not listed, tickets are not required.

Music Composition Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Music Program

Dr. Christopher Bade, Department of Music, Theatre & Dance Co-chair & Professor of Music

Lisa Royal, Music Program Assistant

Cathy Moore, Concert & Tour Coordinator

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