What will I learn?

Create music from your imagination and develop effective ways to share it with performers and audiences through music composition. Writing music requires knowledge of all facets of music to be successful, and studying music composition provides the foundation you need to create your own works.

Program Details

Music is our passion and we strive to help each student discover the transformative power of music along with us.

Program Outcomes

The Bachelor of Music degree program helps you develop vision, depth and experience. You will learn about music from the past and present in order to help you understand concepts necessary to become a successful composer, and you will work closely with your professors to develop aesthetic, creative, critical and intellectual musical skills.

As a music composition major, you'll receive instruction in composition, conducting, ensembles, General Education requirements, music electives, music history and literature, music theory and performance studies.

Participation in eight semesters of composition seminar and eight semesters of recital attendance will help you develop critical listening experience and knowledge of repertoire.

You will present two composition recitals during your junior and senior years, and many student composers present an additional large work, performed by our orchestra, wind ensemble or choir.

The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$44,100.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2021


College of Arts and Sciences

O'Reilly Hall ,

300 College Park,



45469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have qualification equivalent to secondary schools.

For international students

Students must have qualification equivalent to secondary schools.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based (iB) test.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum Band 6.5 score is required for full admission.

iTEP. A minimum score of 4.5 is required for full admission.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A minimum critical reading score of 550 on old SAT or 30 on Reading Test of new SAT.

American College Testing (ACT). A minimum English score of 24.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.