Music Composition

MajorBachelor of Music
Music composition book with notes


Butler Music Composition students enjoy a diverse curriculum, with courses that include orchestration, electronic music, music theory, basic conducting, and more. You will learn through one-on-one experiences with world-renowned faculty who love to perform, compose, and publish. Graduates of the Music Composition program typically pursue graduate school for an advanced degree to eventually become a composer, teacher, scholar, or practitioner of music theory and composition.

Program Information


Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Composition degree typically pursue graduate school. Sample courses in this program include:

  • AM 023 – Keyboard Skills
  • AM 280 – Composition
  • AM 481 – Electronic Composition
  • MH 305 – Music History and Literature
  • MH 308 – Music in Global Contexts
  • MT 308 – Orchestration

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  • Jazz Studies
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy

The Butler Advantage

By graduation, the Butler University School of Music will prepare our students to be able to:

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of music in diverse, historical, cultural, and social contexts.

Demonstrate a proficiency in fundamental theoretical aspects of music, appropriate to the area of study.

Perform using technical and artistic skills appropriate to the area of applied study, including solo and collaborative music making.

Gather, evaluate, and communicate musical information and ideas verbally and in writing.

Teach from their disciplines in a variety of settings.

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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