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Music Composition, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Highland Heights, KY, United States
he Bachelor of Music Composition at Northern Kentucky University is for talented students wishing to pursue a career as a composer, an arranger, in related fields, or who wish to continue musical study in composition, music theory, or musicology at the graduate level.
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Music Composition students at Northern Kentucky University 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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • National students deadline for fall: 15 September
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • Class Piano
  • Recital Review (must pass at least seven semesters)
  • Freshman Proficiency Jury
  • History of Music I: Antiquity through Early Baroque
  • History of Music II: Late Baroque to Mid- 19th Century
  • History of Music III: Mid 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Sophomore Comprehensive Jury
  • Computer Applications for Musicians
  • Advanced Electronic and Computer Music Techniques
  • Orchestration
  • Form and Analysis
  • Materials and Techniques of Music Composition
  • Counterpoint
  • Conducting
  • Junior Recital

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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General Requirements

  • All undergraduate students can complete NKU's Online Application to begin the process of applying to NKU. 
  • $40 application fee
  • Submit passport photocopy
  • Official Transcripts
  • Proof of English Fluency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9912 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4956 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Highland Heights

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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