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Music Composition

The Power of Creativity and Collaboration

Find and develop your own compositional voice and learn how to turn your musical ideas into dynamic performances and published works. Students hone their skills in styles they are passionate about while breaking out of their comfort zone and exploring diverse genres from early counterpoint to the latest popular styles.

  • 33

    composition, theory and technology courses to choose from

  • 100%

    of majors complete a capstone recital experience

  • 20+

    ensembles who can read and perform your compositions

High-Quality Education

  • Weekly One-on-One Sessions
  • Ensembles and Performance Opportunities
  • Practical Skills
  • Starting in the first year, students have weekly one-on-one lessons with faculty, exploring composition in a variety of styles, from classical to popular music.

    A variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles allow students the opportunity to perform — and hear their own works brought to life.

    Learn More

    Students receive instruction in composition, arranging, conducting, music history and literature, music theory, music technology and more — while improving performance skills on their instrument of choice.


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about music composition? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3936. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Music Technology Minor

    Study music theory, music history and take a variety of music technology courses and music electives to earn your music technology minor. Courses include transcription and digital recording media, as well as independent study opportunities for individual project development.

    Auditions and Scholarships

    Students who wish to be admitted into a Bachelor of Music degree program must complete an audition. Scholarship opportunities are available and awarded to students who participate in audition day.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Music

    Fitz Hall, Room 475
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946


    average class size for general music courses