At a Glance

Program units

79-91

Accreditation

NASM, WASC

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Study Music Composition

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.

Admission to the music composition major is by audition and submission of previous compositions. Students with minimal compositional experience may be admitted at the discretion of the composition faculty, provided they show promise and strong general musicianship in other ways.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes that facilitate greater student access to professors
  • Freedom to integrate faith and musicianship
  • Interaction with a variety of performance groups
  • Access to the greater Los Angeles area, which provides opportunities in many different venues including musicals, operas, church concerts, recording studios, orchestras, jazz bands, etc.

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

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.