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The Bachelor of Music in Composition emphasizes instruction in musical composition, improvisation and multimedia creative activities. Many students in this major continue on to graduate studies in composition at well-known institutions with the goal of working in higher education or to compose vocationally.

The Composition Studio is a vibrant and highly active group within the University of Delaware’s School of Music. Composition students remain active as performers and are able to participate in all of the school’s ensembles and productions. Diversity in compositional style and philosophy is encouraged, as is interdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation. Close association with the theory and musicology areas, in addition to the performance area, provides for a well-rounded academic education where music composition students can enhance and support their creative work with specialized research and performance.

Composition students are active members of Still Breathing, the University of Delaware Contemporary Music Ensemble, which is dedicated to performing the works of living composers. Their academic experience is further enriched by the annual New Music Delaware event, which for 40 years has been dedicated to performing and promoting the works of living composers.

 

RELATED MAJORS

Music

Applied Music

Music Education

Music History and Literature

Music Management

Music Theory

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • Music History
  • Private Weekly Composition Lessons
  • Private Weekly Instrumental or Vocal Lessons
  • Ensembles
  • Advanced Study in Orchestration, Music Analysis, Harmony and Recording Techniques

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Vocational Composition and Arranging
  • Collegiate-Level Teaching
  • Music Engraver
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Mastering and Recording
  • Sound Design
  • Technical Music Assistant

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Music Composition
  • Music Production
  • Arranging and Scoring
  • Music Theory
  • Music Business
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy

What’s special about this program?

The music composition major can be personalized to fit the academic and professional pursuits of each student, individualized to incorporate minors, Honors Degrees, Degrees with Distinction, service learning, study abroad and research. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes, providing access to a passionate, invested and highly accomplished faculty comprised of professionally active performers, composers, educators, theorists and musicologists. The study of music at Delaware is enriched by nearly 300 performances each year by faculty, students, ensembles and guest artists. Additionally, the vast musical resources of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City are easily accessible to our majors.

Get Involved

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Xi Mu Chapter)

Sigma Alpha Iota (Eto Rho Chapter)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI)

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

The Jazz Educators and Performers Association (JEPA)

Music Management Student Assoc (MMSA)

College Music Society (UD Student Chapter)

Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

American Musicological Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

A cappella and other musical groups

Nationally Connected Organizations

Ensemble Opportunities

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH113

Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)

 

MUSC100

 

Recital Attendance

MUSC151/152

 

Private Study

 

MUSC175/176

 

Class Piano I/II

MUSC185/186

Aural Skills I/II

MUSC195

 

Harmony I

MUSC298

 

Beginning Composition  

MUSC433

 

(Still Breathing) and other Ensembles

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
MUSC231

Orchestration

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

 

MUSC100

Recital Attendance

 

MUSC196/295

Harmony II/III

 

MUSC211/311

Music, History, and Ideas & Music History: 400–1600

 

MUSC251/252

Private Study

 

MUSC275/276

Class Piano III/IV

 

MUSC285/286

Aural Skills III/IV

 

MUSC298

Beginning Composition

 

MUSC433

(Still Breathing) and Other Ensembles

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

 

MUSC100

 

Recital Attendance

MUSC296

 

Harmony IV

MUSC312/313

 

Music History: 1600-1827 & Music History: 1827 to the Present

MUSC433

 

(Still Breathing) and Other Ensembles

MUSC335

 

Basic Conducting

MUSC351/352

 

Private Study

MUSC392

 

Contrapuntal Writing

MUSC420

 

Advanced Composition (Fall & Spring)

MUSC431

 

Orchestration
MUSC484

Recording Techniques

 

University Breadth Requirement

 

 

MUSC100

 

Recital Attendance

MUSC433

 

(Still Breathing) and Other Ensembles

MUSC393

 

Keyboard Harmony
MUSC401

Senior Degree Recital

 

MUSC407

 

Contemporary Music Literature

MUSC420

 

Advanced Composition  

MUSC495

 

Advanced Analytical Techniques
MUSC423

Private Study Capstone or Advanced Composition

 

MUSC205

Music of the World

 

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