The Bachelor of Music in Music Composition is a professional degree preparing qualified students for work in the music industry and/or graduate study. The program provides three years of applied lessons in a primary instrument and three years of intensive study in composition, during which students participate in weekly seminars that focus on analysis and the evaluation of undergraduate compositions. The program includes a strong foundation in music theory and music history. Performance of contemporary music is emphasized. The four years of study culminates with a composition recital that presents a multi-movement or large-form composition for an ensemble. Composition majors are also required to perform recitals in their applied area (vocal or instrumental).
Applicants are required to audition for admission into this program. Intended composition majors are asked to upload at least two contrasting examples of original compositions. You may include PDF of scores, or non-notated examples such as audio files or other media. Any and all genres and styles are welcome. We prefer original compositions but will also consider arrangements/transcription examples. Students who are interested in the B.M. in Composition, but who do not yet have examples of original music to share, are encouraged to join the Student Composers Association and submit work samples in the Spring of their Freshman Year in consideration for admittance to the B.M. in Composition.
Official Declaration of Major
There are two tracks for the composition program:
The Red Track of the composition program allows interested and eligible undergraduate students to begin the composition major in their second year. Students must interview with the music composition faculty at the end of the first year of music study with a portfolio of compositions or arrangements (notated music in PDF format or audio files are acceptable) and maintain a grade of B or better in all core music theory and aural skill courses to be admitted to and remain in the composition program. Full acceptance to the program requires a jury before the composition faculty at the end of the second year in which works written as part of the Introduction to Composition class are presented for consideration.
The Black Track of the composition program allows interested and eligible undergraduate students to begin the composition major in their first year. Students must upload examples of compositions/arrangements (notated music in PDF format or audio files are acceptable) to your music application to be considered. Full acceptance to the program requires a jury before the composition faculty at the end of the first year in which works written as part of the Introduction to Composition class are presented for consideration.
Additional Student Resources
- UGA Bulletin - Outlines BM in Music Composition degree and university-wide requirements
- Franklin College Requirements - Music Composition students are required to fulfill all of the Franklin College requirements.
- Sample Degree Plan
- Composition & Theory Workshop
- Student Organizations
- Academic Advising - All Music Composition majors, including double majors, are required to meet with a music advisor each semester.
- UGA Student Handbook - Essential information for all UGA students
- DegreeWorks - Our degree audit portal for enrolled students
- Athena - UGA portal for the university-wide application, current course listings, and class registration
- SAGE - Allows students and advisors to schedule appointments
- UGAMail - Official UGA email system
- eLC - UGA online learning management system