Music Composition & Theory

Students composing music
Type of Degree: Major

Get prepared for an active career as a creative artist. Our students compose symphonies, marching band arrangements, choral songs, musical theatre hits, and video game soundtracks. This major combines training in acoustic and electronic compositional techniques with the study of music theory and provides you with regular opportunities to refine compositions in ensemble rehearsals and showcase finished pieces in recitals. You’ll benefit from the expertise of faculty members who are accomplished composers. 


New Music Festival

Every year provides networking opportunities with award-winning composers and performers at the annual New Music Festival held on campus.

Combine Your Interests

Pair this major with integrated media or video game production to give yourself a unique advantage in the job market. 

Jacob smithOutcomes

Jacob Smith '15

Jacob is a Lab Specialist in the music production program at Full Sail University. He teaches a variety of classes including keyboard performance, commercial music composition, music arrangement, music for trailer tracks, and film scoring.

Music theory was a perfect fit for me, as I enjoy analyzing music and understanding how it is pieced together. My knowledge of music composition and theory that I learned from Heidelberg separated me from the other applicants because of the attention, complexity, and diversity of my portfolio.

Joining the Program

After you decide Heidelberg is the place for you, and you've been accepted by the admission office, you can audition for the School of Music and Theatre. All students interested in majoring in music and those interested in participating in ensembles need to complete an audition.

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