Music Composition Theory


What is Music Composition Theory?

Composition Theory is based on the concepts of composition and teaching, as well as graduate study in composition or music theory. Your coursework will be in composition and music theory with specialized courses in orchestration, music formalization, experimental music, jazz arranging, electronic music, and computer music. You’ll also have the chance to have your original works performed, utilize experimental music studios, collaborate with fellow music students, and learn from exceptional faculty pushing the boundaries of contemporary music. You must pass an audition for acceptance into this program.

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