Music Theory and Composition Major

This major is a program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music.

Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability.

What can you do with a major/degree in Music Theory and Composition Major?

With a degree in this major, you will have such career options as music teacher, composer, arranger, musician, and singer.  You likely will need a master’s degree if your ambition is to be a composer or arranger.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Music Theory and Composition Major

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Music Theory and Composition

Music Theory Online