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Music Composition Degree

APU's Bachelor of Music in Composition prepares students for work as a professional composer or graduate study. Courses in music theory, musicianship, music technology, counterpoint form, arranging, orchestration, applied composition, music history, literature, and conducting give the student a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship. Composition majors also participate in musical ensembles and attend and perform their compositions in recitals, providing extensive, diverse musical experiences. Students graduate with the musical and practical preparation they need to start a musical career.

APU’s Bachelor of Music major (B.M.) equips musicians to take their music to the next level.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Music in Composition.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a composition major (B.M.) if you:

  • Already love to compose and/or creatively arrange.
  • Are diligent and willing to put in extensive time and effort to hone your talent into skill.
  • Enjoy the creative process, including learning new ways to compose and developing new skills.
  • Plan to pursue a career as a composer/arranger or an advanced degree in music.
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.