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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Participate in a Musical Ensemble

Music students gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation. Taylor offers a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

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Music, Theatre, and Dance Scholarship

This 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 for these awards, students must declare a major in the department, complete the scholarship application, and audition in person or video.

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

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Daniel Morrison
Class of 2016
It was a blessing to be pushed by my professors to be excellent. [They] drove me to work hard to become better at my craft and to build habits of excellence. Taylor also helped give me a wider base of understanding of Christian faith.

Music Composition Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Student playing the saxophone in the Jazz Band

Theory and Practice of Music Composition

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.

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