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Composition, BM

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Its primary emphasis is the development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician. In any of the roles as performer, composer, scholar, or teacher, the professional musician must function as a practitioner who exhibits not only technical competence but also a broad knowledge of music literature, sensitivity in musical style, and insight into the role of music in the life of humankind.

At the University of Tennessee, the undergraduate majors in theory and composition are combined into one degree program. The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory/Composition program is designed to train students in music theory and analysis as well as composition. Students may elect an emphasis in music theory, composition, or electronic composition within the degree plan.

Graduates of the theory/composition program have gone on to study theory or composition at prestigious doctoral schools. Other graduates have decided to study in related fields such as film studies. Ultimately, our graduates teach theory and/or composition at the college or university level, or have careers as composers or arrangers.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English Composition 
  • Theory I
  • Ear Training I
  • Introduction to Computer Music Transcription
  • Form and Analysis
  • Public Speaking
  • Conducting I

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    Academic Requirements

    • Step 1: Complete and submit an application.
    • Step 2: Submit the non-refundable application fee.
    • Step 3: Have official copies of academic transcripts evaluated.
    • Step 4: Demonstrate English proficiency.
    • Step 5: Submit financial documentation (F-1 or J-1 visa status).
    • Step 6: Submit a copy of the photo page of your international passport.
    • Step 7: Follow these deadlines for submitting your application documents.
    • Step 8: Apply for an appropriate US visa.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      31390 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15695 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      31390 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15695 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      12970 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6485 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Knoxville

    • 885 - 1460 USD/month
      Living Costs

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