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Composition, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The Blair School of Music serves as a focal point at Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. The Bachelor of Music degree in Composition introduces serious students of music to the principles of harmony, voice-leading, counterpoint, structure, and analytical/compositional techniques in a variety of styles.
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Overview

Furthermore, it fosters the all-important skills of hearing tonal relationships with facility and of communicating orally the structures and materials of music. Faculty teach the art of composing, of working with performers, and of securing professional performances.

Key facts

  • Applicants to the Composition program must submit all Vanderbilt University application materials as well as a Blair DecisionDesk application. Applicants must include three original scores and accompanying recordings to fulfill the prescreening requirement of the Blair application.
  • The Blair School of Music enrolls students from over thirty-five states and foreign countries. Composition majors may also choose to enhance their studies by taking a minor or second major in another field. Blair alumni have continued on to successful careers and/or graduate studies both inside and outside of music, including traditional classical music, film scoring, arranging, and composition in multiple genres and aspects of the music industry, such as arts administration and business at major schools of music in the United States and Europe.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Intro to Composition
  • Chromatic Harmony in the Romantic Era
  • Orchestration and Advanced Orchestration
  • Techniques of Composing for Media

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    70

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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