Composition


Your Future in Composition

Are you musically talented? Do you create your own original music? Do you possess strong interpersonal and networking skills? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at the University of North Texas.

Our composition graduates have been employed as arrangers, orchestrators, music copyists, audio engineers, conductors and teachers. They work for:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Film studios
  • Recording companies
  • Symphony orchestras
  • Universities

A bachelorís degree in Composition gives you the foundation you need to build a vibrant career as a composer whether you continue on to graduate study or apply your skills in the professional world.

What we offer

UNTís College of Music is internationally recognized for artistic and academic excellence. The Composition program has more than 70 students and six full-time faculty members representing a variety of compositional approaches.

Our program helps you develop your musical imagination and hone your skills in writing for instruments and voices, making professional-quality scores, collaborating with performers, and using advanced computer music and intermedia technologies. Students can present original works at SPECTRUM student composition recitals, composition workshops and open reading sessions by the UNT orchestras and wind ensembles.

Additional opportunities include:

  • The Nova ensemble performs contemporary music, often featuring visiting specialists in new music performance
  • Music Now forums feature weekly presentations by our faculty members and students as well as visiting composers and performers
  • The Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) brings together faculty members and students from across the arts, engineering and science disciplines to explore new media applications based on shared expertise and evolving technologies

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. These scholarships are awarded based on creative potential, involvement in the program and academic achievement.

The College of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This distinction means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

What to expect

You will need to be admitted to the College of Music through an audition as well as applying to the university. Auditions are held on campus during the spring semester for enrollment the following fall. If you cannot audition in person, you may submit a recording. Once accepted into the college, you will take placement exams in music theory and piano.

Because success in the Composition program requires a high caliber of musicianship, you are expected to have significant performance experience and some background in music theory. Familiarity with a wide variety of music is also important.

Becoming a Composition major is determined by success in the program during the first two years of study, which includes passing the Freshman Barrier Examination and Sophomore Composition Jury.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.