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Theory and Composition, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Newburg, KY, United States
The Theory and Composition degree at Bellarmine University is designed for students who demonstrate a creative ability in writing and arranging music or who have a strong interest in its theoretical aspects.
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Students who complete a degree in this field typically pursue careers as composers, arrangers, theory or composition teachers, film composers, commercial orchestrators, or transcribers.

Students are engaged in a variety of Music Theory courses and study composition with an assigned member of the composition faculty. The program's flexibility allows students to develop their own compositional style.

Studies in instrumental, choral, historical and electronic music are incorporated into the Theory and Composition Degree Program. Each student must own a MacBook and purchase specific software during the four-year program. The Music Department’s Music Technology Lab houses six iMacs for student use as well.

Students will participate in Composition Workshops, Student Composition recitals where they have the opportunity to have their works performed. Monthly forums introduce majors to the economic, legal, and professional sides of life as an active composer, as well as provide an opportunity to meet active visiting composers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Applied Music Technology for Non-Majors
  • Applied Rock Guitar
  • Applied Percussion
  • Applied World Percussion
  • Applied Rock Drum
  • Recital Attendance
  • Applied Jazz Improvisation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A completed application 
  • A $25 application fee (must be U.S. currency)
  • Certified copies of official school records
  • U.S. law requires proof of the student’s ability to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year. 
  • One letter of recommendation from a former professor or employer attesting to the candidate's educational potential.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Newburg

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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