Bachelor of Arts | Composition Option

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Composition is designed for students who are broadly interested in studying composition.


In consultation with an advisor, students will select coursework that represents their broad interests. Students interested in the composition option must pass a portfolio review before acceptance into composition classes. Students interested in pursuing the composition option for the Bachelor of Arts do NOT need to audition to take lessons on a primary instrument. However, students do have the option to audition to take lessons if they want to as part of any BA degree.

Student at WorkstationStudents pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Composition take 34-46 hours of general education courses in addition to the BA Music Core and a prescribed plan of study.

Learn more about Composition at Illinois.

For more information about the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements please visit the Academic Catalog.

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