Music Composition (B.M.)


The University offers a bachelor of music (B.M.) in music composition.

This program prepares students for graduate study in areas such as composition and theory—and is preparation for careers in composing, arranging, and related fields.

The music composition major includes coursework in basic and advanced composition, music theory, music history and literature, musicianship, and performance.

Each student receives a solid foundation in comprehensive, integrated musicianship by participating in performance ensembles, by taking private lessons, by attending concerts, and by studying piano, music technology, scoring, and conducting.

The School of Music's size is ideal for maximum student-to-faculty interaction while still providing wide-ranging opportunities for aspiring musicians. The distinguished faculty of performers and scholars shares an uncommonly strong commitment to teaching, research, experience-based learning, and each student's career development.

Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

In addition to the University's regular admission process, there is a separate admission process for a student to be admitted as a music major. For further information, visit the School of Music.

Note: In addition to the music composition major (listed above), the School of Music offers a music minor, a music industry studies minor, and a general music teaching minor. A certificate program is available in piano pedagogy. Also offered are a music major with concentrations in merchandising or business administration, a music education major, a music liberal arts major, and a music performance major.

Required Courses


Graduates of the Music Composition Program are prepared for graduate study in areas such as composition and theory. The program also is preparation for careers in composing, arranging, and related fields.

In addition, the School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education Program holds accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Music Business Program is affiliated with NAMM (International Music Products Association).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Music scholarships are awarded through a competitive audition process that begins in November and concludes by March 1 of each academic year. To be considered for a music scholarship for the following academic year, students must have auditioned by March 1.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

School of Music
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

School of Music
Indiana State University