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Bachelor's in Music Composition (BM)

The Music Composition program challenges individual composers to hone their creative skills. Students will cultivate the ability to use all of the building blocks of music to create a diverse portfolio of original works, gain necessary professional skills, and explore a wide variety of musical styles as they develop their unique voices.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor
Students have regular opportunities to work with performers and to collaborate with other programs such as Dance, Wind Ensemble, Piano, and Orchestra. The emphasis on entrepreneurial activities prepares students for multiple career opportunities after graduation.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Students in the program will work at developing technique and expressivity. The curriculum contains coursework that addresses the essentials of pitch, rhythm, meter, tension and relaxation, and formal structure. Students will become comfortable in both electronic and acoustic media and gain fluency in speaking and writing.

Minor Requirements

The minor in composition is available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance or Music Education. It consists of five courses in composition and related subjects.


Sample Courses

  • Composition Seminar
  • Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • History of Music
  • Applied Composition Lessons

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

Student composition recitals occur every semester. Students have regular opportunities to hear their works performed.

Testimonials

"The Music Composition program is focused on challenging our students to realize their utmost potential as composers while encouraging them to explore and discover their own unique compositional voice. Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to giving students a comprehensive education that will prepare them for the professional life and business of being a composer."

Kyong Mee Choi
​Head of Music Composition program, Roosevelt University
Admission

Music Composition Admission Requirements

All portfolio materials are due January 15, 2016 and must be submitted through Acceptd. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

The Music Composition program uses a two step admissions process:

Step 1: Applicants must apply to Roosevelt University/CCPA. Once this application is complete, students will be emailed information about how to schedule an interview time for the Music Composition program.

Step 2: Applicants must create a profile on Acceptd and upload all required materials to that site by January 15, 2016. Applicants who do not meet this deadline will only be considered for admission at the discretion of the Music Composition faculty. A link for Acceptd will be available to you after you apply.

Undergraduates (BM)

Undergraduates should submit scores and, when possible, recordings for at least two (2) original works, preferably composed for different performance media (for instance, a violin and piano duo, woodwind trio, or string quartet). One composition may be an electronic work. Neatness and legibility of scores will be considered. Scores and recordings MUST be uploaded to Acceptd. Recordings of performances are greatly preferred, although MIDI representations are acceptable.

Undergraduates are also required to submit two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with your work, a résumé including a complete list of compositions (include title, duration, and instrumentation for each work), and a statement of your professional goals. All of these items MUST be uploaded to Acceptd - hard copies will not be accepted.

Graduates (MM)

Graduates should submit scores and, when possible, recordings for at least three (3) substantial original works, preferably composed for different performance media (for instance, a chamber ensemble work, choral piece, or orchestra score). Up to two compositions may be electronic works. Neatness and legibility of scores will be considered. Scores and recordings MUST be uploaded to Acceptd. Recordings of performances are greatly preferred, although MIDI representations are acceptable.

Graduates are also required to submit two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with your work, a résumé including a complete list of compositions (include title, duration, and instrumentation for each work), and a statement of your professional goals. All of these items MUST be uploaded to Acceptd - hard copies will not be accepted.

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