- Our faculty members are practicing composers, producers, and performers
- Our remarkably low student/teacher ratio ensures ongoing personal interaction with faculty
- Explore unique, interdisciplinary courses and honors classes
Bring your original music to life with Converse’s Music Composition major. Develop your unique compositional voice through various active projects and learn to compose anything from a piano etude to an orchestral film score. Study alongside our diverse community of distinguished faculty, industry professionals, and world-class visiting musicians. A life and career filled with musical creativity are within reach at Converse University.
- Bachelor of Music in Composition
About Music Composition
If you are truly passionate about creating music, a Composition degree will provide you with the foundation in music creation and analysis you need to launch your career. In addition to performing, you will study music historically and analytically, alongside other disciplines, and develop your original work under the mentorship of talented professionals who are also caring, dedicated teachers.
Create Your Own Music–And Your Own Ensemble
At Converse, students can create their own ensembles centered on their interests. Want to write a piece for flute, oboe, and xylophone and get it performed? Go for it–the sky’s the limit! You’ll earn ensemble credit while developing relationships with fellow student musicians who will be part of your musical network for life.
The Annual Pajama Concert
One of Converse’s beloved traditions is the annual Pajama Concert featuring Converse composers and friends. Student and faculty composers, performers and friends wear their favorite jammies for an evening of original music written and performed by Converse’s own. Many styles of music are represented from classical to electronica to singer/songwriter.
A Bachelor of Music (BM) in Composition emphasizes the creation of music. As a composition major, you will take private lessons in composition for all four years of your program, in which you will focus on developing aural and analytical skills, composition techniques, expanding your unique creative instincts, and discovering your own compositional voice. You will also develop self-knowledge, a historical understanding, and a better appreciation of your own creative voice. As a composition student, you will develop composition skills and gain an in-depth understanding of history, theory and literature.
In your senior year, you will present a recital of original works, and have the opportunity to present an Honors Thesis.
- Composition Lessons
- Diverse Cultures and Their Music
- Principles of Harmony
- Electronic Music
- 20th-Century Idioms
- Piano Class
- Music History
- Fundamentals of Conducting
View the BM in Composition requirements.
What are common careers in Composition?
- Freelance Composer
- FIlm and Video Composer
- Music Teacher
Mildred Roche ’79 Wins Fran Pinson Pianist Award
Mildred Roche, ’79, Instructor of Accompanying for Converse’s Petrie School of Music, is the 2023 Fran McMillan Pinson Collaborative Pianist Award recipient. The award, from the South Carolina Chapter of …
Converse’s 2022-2023 Faculty Symposia Lineup
The Office of Research and Engagement at Converse University promotes collegewide engagement in research and scholarly creative work. The office supports and assists faculty, students, and staff from the conception …
Music Business Students Hold Rock Concert to Benefit World Central Kitchen
By Yarelis Cardona ’23 The Cookin’ With Rock Concert was held by Converse’s Music Business & Technology Program to showcase the incredible talent among our faculty, students, and alumni. This …
Programs of Study
Converse offers over 100 majors, minors, certificates, and graduate programs across 2 campuses and online.