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Contemporary Music - Composition

Western Oregon University

48 months
27090 USD/year
27090 USD/year
8280 USD/year
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The Contemporary Music - Composition program at Western Oregon University prepares students to meet the versatile demands of composing in the professional marketplace by studying with international award-winning composers.


In addition to a composition-based music theory program, students of the Contemporary Music - Composition program at Western Oregon University will hone their compositional craft in orchestration, jazz arranging, contemporary composition techniques, music media production and film scoring courses. 

Student composers receive multiple opportunities to have their works performed by the various WOU performance ensembles and gain further performance and recording opportunities through on-campus recitals, including the composer’s Spectrum concert, and through community-engagement projects with local school districts, churches, and civic music organizations that provide composition students with experiential-learning opportunities to help them more effectively understand, better position themselves in, and cultivate a positive force of influence on today’s music marketplace. 

Students under the tutelage of WOU composition faculty have won the prestigious BMI Student Composers Award, the Oregon Symphony sponsored Conti-Connection Composition Competition, the Oregon Symphony sponsored Creative Kids Composition Competition, the International Association of Jazz Educators Gil Evans Fellowship Competition, and Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orchestration
  • Contemporary Composition Techniques
  • Jazz Theory
  • Jazz Arranging
  • Media Music Production (Film Scoring)
  • Applied Composition Lessons

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed and signed application form and financial affidavit form
  • Official transcripts from previous school(s)
  • Students must submit an official copy of personal or parent’s/sponsor’s bank statement showing a balance of at least $45,000 and/or official award letters for any scholarships/grants
  • Photocopy of current passport ID page
  • Official copy of English testing score report

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27090 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27090 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8280 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Monmouth

1549 - 2760 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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