The Music Composition major combines the best aspects of traditional music writing (private lessons, notation, instrumentation, and orchestration skills), incorporates electronic composition methods using a variety of programs ranging from GarageBand to ProTools, and develops expertise with music notation programs. Students also gain practical experience by participating in various instrumental and vocal ensembles.
About the major
Composition majors also spend time learning to play different instruments, providing practical experience. In addition to music study, composition majors take courses in other areas to gain skills in visual and dramatic art, writing, literary analysis, computer science, and acoustics.
Over the course of four years, each composer presents a new work on a composition recital each semester. The program culminates with an hour-long recital of original works during their senior year. Our students have won prestigious awards and have been accepted to the leading graduate programs for music composition. Alumni also have had their original music performed across the country.
Completing two academic majors can expand your skills and knowledge, make you more marketable, and enrich your life. Double majoring can be nearly impossible for music majors at many schools, but the B.A. in music at OWU is a common double major degree.
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.
Complementing academic learning, OWU offers an array of music ensembles—from a chamber orchestra to jazz combos, as well as other special opportunities. Membership is open to all university students by audition.
Sanborn Hall includes Jemison Auditorium, a 229-seat recital hall used for solo and chamber music and an electronic piano laboratory.