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The Bachelor of Music in Composition is for talented students who wish to pursue careers as composers or arrangers, or who wish to continue musical study in composition, music theory, or musicology at the graduate level. Students are admitted into the composition program based on an audition on their primary instrument and a portfolio review of their compositions; this may include arrangements, sound design, and other musical creative work.


Interested in Writing Music?

Whether you've written symphonies, or have never written a note before, music students may take beginning and advanced private lessons in composition. You will be able to work one-on-one with faculty members to turn the music in your head into a live performance on the stage. You may also enroll for courses in computer music to learn recording techniques, digital audio production and working in multimedia.




Students who choose this track work with faculty across multiple music disciplines. Here is a link to the faculty in music.


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Core Curriculum

At NKU, you will have the chance to learn the ins and outs of the language of music. Music Theory and Musicianship studies are at the core of all music degrees.

These courses include four semesters of each of the following:

  • Written Theory (structures and compositional techniques used throughout music)
  • Aural Skills (transcribing music and hearing it correctly in your head)
  • Keyboard Skills (basic piano technique and applications of theory/aural skills)

In addition to this basic curriculum, there are also more advanced courses in analysis, counterpoint and orchestration.