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Music Composition, B.Mus.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
West Palm Beach, FL, United States
You are fascinated with the process of creating a new piece of music. Your desire to learn the intricacies of how to structure a musical piece, and be involved step by step until completion, means a career in composition might be just right for you.


What Can I Do With This Degree?

Just a few of the opportunities you'll be prepared for are:

  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Orchestrator
  • Copyist
  • Conductor

The primary focus of the major in Music Composition in the School of Music and Fine Arts is the study and incorporation of compositional techniques found in art music of the western classical tradition, from earliest times through the present day. As a Music Composition major, you will receive instruction in the writing of solo and ensemble music for a variety of vocal, instrumental and electronic media through private instruction and group seminars. You will also be encouraged to explore music outside of the western classical tradition.

At PBA, you'll:

  • Enjoy a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 18
  • Experience an arts education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective
  • Develop your unique mode of expression in music
  • Meet with fellow students in composition seminars to discuss works in progress or topics of interest, and to meet with guest composers or performers
  • Hone your performance skills through a variety of opportunities, from PBA choirs to ensembles
  • Engage in hands-on learning through internships
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations
  • Graduate with a true understanding and appreciation of music

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Applications are accepted throughout the year
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    129 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Composition Seminar
  • Computers in Music (Advanced)
  • Twentieth Century Music Techniques
  • Orchestration
  • Counterpoint


You’ll learn from seasoned performers, including a faculty member who earned a master’s degree at The Juilliard School and has performed with orchestras at the Music Academy of the West, Princeton University, University of Miami and the Miami Pops. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

National Students Requirements:
  • ACT/SAT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Online application.
International Students Requirements:
  • Completed online application with a $50 (US currency) application fee.
  • Essay of 300-500 words describing the intersection between your personal faith journey and academic collegiate goals.
  • Official high school or previous university transcripts evaluated and translated by a professional evaluation company that must be a member of the NACES.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31920 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31920 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Palm Beach

  • 1129 - 2030 USD/month
    Living Costs

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