Music, Theory & CompositionPrint
Topics of Study
In this program, you will focus on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. You will learn about melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, improvisation, and musical writing. You will also receive instruction in aural theory, chromatics, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, and how to develop original creative ability.
- Certificate programs focus on improving skills in music theory or composition.
- Associate and bachelor's degree programs include useful background courses in other subjects and experience with a variety of music.
- A bachelor's degree is helpful when applying for jobs with music-related organizations like small ensembles and orchestras, or as a teacher, composer, or music critic, librarian, or instrument manufacturer.
- A graduate degree is usually required for college teaching, music therapy, or research.