Music Composition Theory


What is Music Composition Theory?

This major focuses on the concepts of composition and teaching. Students take specialized classes in orchestration, music formalization, and jazz arranging. Coursework also includes experimental, electronic, and computer music. In this major, you'll be able collaborate with fellow music students. You can also use experimental music studios and have your original works performed. Students learn from exceptional faculty pushing the boundaries of contemporary music. Our program also prepares students for graduate study. You must pass an audition to be accepted into this major.

Career Options

  • Arrangement
  • Composition
  • Film music editing
  • Music engineering & mixing
  • Music performance
  • Music recording
  • Music therapy
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

28% employed after graduation

57% attending graduate school

2% volunteering

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Sample employer destinations: The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World, School of Rock, Guitar Center

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington-Seattle

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 31 ACT Score

1270 - 1390 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.95 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994


  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476


  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350