Music Composition

Bachelor of Music in Composition

The BM degree in Composition is a course of study that prepares a student for a professional career in music composition and arranging, with a focus on pre-professional training.  Many students in this program go directly to graduate school.

At work on a composition.You'll take courses in music theory and history, performance pedagogy and literature, and conducting.  You'll hone your talent through several semesters of lessons on your primary instrument.  You'll perform in recitals, play in large and small ensembles, learn to compose and orchestrate pieces, take counterpoint and arranging classes, and find yourself a changed musician at the end of four years of study.  You may elect to travel to Vienna for a term abroad in one of the musical capitals of the world, studying composition in Europe's musical capital.  You'll benefit from numerous guest master classes and performances on campus, as well as from musical events and activities within our larger community of Saint Louis.

Students in this program present a senior composition recital and participate in numerous ensembles, including the New Music Ensemble.  The composition program includes at least six semesters of study in music composition.  The program's primary focus is contemporary concert music, although you will explore many other styles and technologies such as jazz, electronic, computer, and MIDI applications.  Film scoring is also part of the program.

If you plan to major or minor in music you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster.


Check out this recent Composition program project:

Sundays at Siteman project.


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