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Composition Major

Study Composition at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll develop a portfolio of compositions and discover your distinct voice while you gain the skills needed to pursue graduate study in composition or a career as a professional composer. Build extensive, diverse musical experiences as you perform your compositions in recitals, participate in music ensembles, and interact with a variety of performance groups—studying near greater Los Angeles and its wide array of venues.

Program at a Glance

The School of Music nurtures students’ faith and talents to develop and excel as world-class music professionals.

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  • March 8, 2024

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  • March 14-15, 2024

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2024: February 15, 2024
  • Spring 2024: December 1, 2023

College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

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Program Units
88

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus)

 

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Integrate faith and musicianship.
  • Build a professional portfolio of compositions.
  • Perform and attend your compositions in recitals.
  • Discover your distinctive voice with the help of experienced faculty.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
13 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

 

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College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

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Program Details

The composition major is designed for students planning for graduate study in composition or work as a professional composer, helping them discover a distinctive voice and develop a portfolio of compositions. In addition to composition, courses in theory, music history, literature, conducting, and technology give the student thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your APU Undergraduate Application
  2. Select your music major (if applicable)
  3. When prompted, complete your music scholarship application via Get Acceptd and schedule your audition
  4. If eligible, complete your FAFSA (does not apply to international students)

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to audition as soon as possible for best consideration.

Auditions

All music students are encouraged to audition. Once a student has completed their APU Application and Get Acceptd Application, they will schedule an audition through the Get Acceptd platform.

2023-2024 Audition Dates:

  • October 20, 2023
  • November 3, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • January 26, 2024
  • February 8, 2024
  • February 15, 2024

Learn more about auditions and scholarships.

Priority Deadlines

Fall 2024 Applicants

February 15, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Fall 2024 Music Undergraduate Auditions. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application, their Get Acceptd scholarship application, and their audition to be considered for a Music Talent Scholarship.

Spring 2024 Applicants

December 1, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Spring 2024 Music Undergraduate Auditions. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application, their Get Acceptd scholarship application, and their audition by the deadline to ensure consideration.

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Applicants are encouraged to visit a class or meet with one of our professors. Just fill out a COTA Visitation Form to visit us and explore our programs further. We look forward to meeting you!

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

  • Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 
  • A degree from Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Featured Faculty

Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin

Associate Professor; Director of Worship Studies; Director of the Angeles Worship Initiative

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

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Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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