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Students with strong performance skills are prepared for graduate studies in music composition. They become professional musicians, college and university teachers, or private studio teachers.

Why should I study composition?

Choosing an emphasis in composition means you will refine your music songwriting skills to produce beautiful works of sound. Explore compositions for single instruments, chamber groups, choirs, and orchestral works.

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni have gone on to become professional composers, instructors, directors, and create their own signature musical groups for which they compose.

What skills will I develop?

  • Advanced musical theory
  • Rich knowledge of music history and literature
  • Conducting
  • Pedagogy in several instrumental types
  • Collaboration with other musicians, production, and interpersonally
  • Creative problem-solving

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: Participate in a music group that travels across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

Festival of Christmas: Multiple music groups participate in this popular, large musical festival every year. You’ll perform in Benson Great Hall, a premier performance venue with over 1,700 seats.

As a composition student, you'll also find opportunities to have your music performed by yourself or other musicians on our premier stage in the Benson Great Hall.

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0% music education grads since 2011 are teaching

Upcoming Events

MAR 23 2018

Chamber Orchestra Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Chamber Orchestra under conductor Hannah Schendel will present its 2018 home concert.

MAR 23 2018

Bethel Chamber Orchestra Spring Music Tour 2018

7:30 p.m. Various Wisconsin and Minnesota venues

The Chamber Orchestra and conductor Hannah Schendel perform in Wisconsin and Minnesota during their 2018 music tour.

MAR 24 2018

Wind Symphony Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Wind Symphony under conductor Steven Thompson will conclude their 2018 spring tour with a concert in Benson Great Hall.

MAR 24 2018

Bethel Wind Symphony Spring Music Tour 2018

7:30 p.m. Various Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin venues plus two concerts in Minnesota

The Wind Symphony and conductor Steven Thompson perform in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota during their 2018 music tour.

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