Theory and Composition (Composition) (BMUS)

Students pursuing the BMus in theory and composition must choose a concentration in either theory or composition, and completion of the requirements for this concentration result in the award of one degree in either theory or composition. Students who select the concentration in composition focus on developing techniques for writing music. The School of Music offers students the opportunity to study with composers who have established national and international reputations. This program may be used as the first step toward a master's degree or doctorate in music composition or another graduate academic music degree.

Degree Offered

Theory and Composition (Composition) (BMUS)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

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Information about this program

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Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • arranging
  • composing
  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
  • presenting school programs, or state or community arts councils as artist-in-residence
  • teaching in a private studio and community program
  • teaching theory and composition
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers3.2%$48,180
Music Directors3.2%$48,180
Musicians, Instrumental3.5%*
Singers3.5%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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