Program Overview

The Bachelor of Music in Composition will assist you in developing individual creative skills. WCU encourages students to compose music that is personal, expressive, and stylistically diverse. Regular concerts provide numerous opportunities for you to hear your work performed and recorded. These performances are supported through the new music ensembles we welcome to campus each year. Your education will culminate in your very own recital of original works presented in your fourth year. The Wells School of Music at WCU houses all music majors and Presser Music Library, tons of practice rooms and performance spaces, and is a certified All-Steinway School. Wells also offers more than 30 student ensembles to fit your interests and your instrument, from steel drum and jazz to opera theatre and chamber winds. Our students receive hands-on opportunities both in the classroom and in practice, and develop their skills through a personalized education experience and tight-knit music community.


Program Highlights

  • Personalized approach to student artistry development through weekly composition lessons
  • Sessions where student compositions are performed and recorded by professional artists or university ensembles
  • Special topic seminars for all composition students, featuring guest artist presentations
  • Opportunity for participation in the NOW music society, a student-run organization promoting performance, creation, and dissemination of new music by student composers
  • Access to the Center for Music Technology complete with recording equipment and music publishing and analysis software

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates go on to advanced study and to immediate professional placements. They can be found in careers including:

  • Composers for video games, commercials, television, and film
  • Freelance conductor
  • Business owner
  • Music educator
  • Assistant director of bands
  • Sound artist
  • Professor of composition

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