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Music Composition

Bachelor of Music


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
Miami student editing a composition on the computer

The Bachelor of Music in Composition involves in-depth study in the craft and art of composing music. Hone your craft in one-on-one lessons to review works in progress, discuss relevant repertoire and current compositional trends, and prepare for a final concert.

Contact Info

Per Bloland, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
111 Presser Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

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Curriculum and Courses

Coursework includes one-on-one applied music lessons, ensemble performance, and courses in music theory and music history. Composition majors work directly with student and guest performers and with Composition faculty to realize new works effectively in a concert setting.

  • MUS 101 Theory of Music 1
  • MUS 100 Ensemble
  • MUS 211 History of Western Music
  • MUS 406 Advanced Analysis
  • MUS 494 Senior Recital

At Miami, there is something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

Composition majors are prepared for a wide variety of career paths. Our graduates find work as members of professional ensembles, and as freelance artists. Others pursue graduate study at many of the nation's leading conservatories and music schools. Graduates of our program have also established careers as independent studio teachers.

Additional Opportunities

The Department of Music at Miami University is a vibrant community of scholars, performers, and educators. You can broaden your horizons through a number of enrichment opportunities.

  • Students singing in the Collegiate Chorale


    All Performance majors are required to be in a large ensemble each semester. But there are additional opportunities to be explored, such as Jazz Ensemble, Steel Band, and our newly created Laptop Ensemble.

    More About Ensembles
  • The Miami University Symphony Orchestra performing on stage


    Winners of the Concerto Competition are invited to perform with the Symphony Orchestra, while finalists in the Undergraduate Artist Competition receive cash awards. Demonstrate your excellence in performance through these competitive opportunities.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data

Admission and Aid

This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success. Any admission requirements as listed in the bulletin: Students interested in Music Composition must apply to the Department of Music, in addition to completing their application to Miami University.

An audition is required. Each applied area (voice, piano, flute, etc.) has its own audition requirements.

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