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.
We emphasize intellectual curiosity, creativity, initiative, and synthesis. Undergraduate research, performed under the mentorship of expert faculty, is a central component of The OWU Connection.
OWU also encourages work across disciplines. 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.
From your first year on campus, you can get off campus with Travel-Learning Courses, a key part of The OWU Connection. Journey to a distant land and immerse yourself in another landscape and culture.
Recent Travel-Learning Courses have taken music students to Italy, France, and Louisiana. Students also may study abroad for a semester almost anywhere in the world.
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.