Bachelor of Music | Music Composition

A degree program that concentrates on music composition, performance and music theory/orchestration. BM students may also take courses in music technology, jazz and other disciplines.  In order to be considered for acceptance into the BM in Composition, students audition on an instrument or voice; interview with the Composition faculty; and submit a composition portfolio.


The Bachelor of Music in Composition-Theory requires completion of the common requirements for all Bachelor of Music degrees including general education courses and the BM Music Core. In addition, students follow their Composition Area Core in addition to elective courses chosen in accordance with an adviser for a total of at least 130 credit hours. In order to be considered for acceptance into the BM in Composition, students must pass an audition, interview, and submit a composition portfolio.

Learn more about Composition at Illinois.

For more information about the Music Composition degree requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.


1. Complete an audition
2. Submit a portfolio: Applicants must submit a portfolio of 3 to 5 original composition for any instrumentation, including electronic music. Be sure to proof-read scores and make them as professional looking as possible. Please include recordings if you have them. All portfolio materials must be uploaded to our dropbox (click link for deadlines).
3. Participate in an Interview: Applicants must participate in a 20 minute interview with members of the Composition/Theory faculty. This virtual interview will only be scheduled once the applicant’s portfolio has been received. During the interview our faculty will engage the applicant in a discussion of their musical background, educational interests and long-term professional goals.  Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask the faculty questions about the degree program to which they are applying, the various courses of study at the School of Music and the university experience in general.