Program Overview

Our Faculty

You will learn and work directly with our welcoming community of faculty. Get to know them.

A bachelor’s degree in music composition provides you with the opportunity to study with internationally recognized composers working across a wide variety of styles and media.

Degree concentrations include instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts technology.

Compose alongside World-Renowned Faculty

Weekly seminars bring together student composers with the composition faculty. In your sophomore year, you’ll begin taking one-on-one lessons with a composition instructor and learn to write for traditional instruments in solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings, as well as create sound using computers and synthesizers. You’ll have the opportunity to present your compositions in public concerts every semester, and all of our students present senior recitals of their music.

Work Collaboratively

We’ll also encourage you to pursue collaborative projects with other departments on campus, including music for dramatic and documentary films, games, experimental videos, dance, and virtual environments.

Classes You Will Take

We have two distinct sets of courses for a four-year music composition degree:

Paying for Your Education

School of Music Scholarships

About 80 percent of Ball State students receive some form of financial aid, and you have hundreds of options at your disposal, including several scholarships just for School of Music students. Find scholarships.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in our program? Admission to the School of Music is competitive. As such, we require an audition on voice or a traditional instrument for all prospective students, on top of the University-wide application.

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