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B.M. in Composition

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is designed to develop fundamental craft and technical skills, to encourage independent stylistic development and artistic excellence, and to give students the real-world experiences and practical professional skills needed for the many different careers open to today's composer. Student composers collaborate with not only the Division of Music’s outstanding faculty and student performers, and our highly-supportive ensembles, but also with students in dance, theatre, video and film, and digital gaming, allowing them to find their own unique artistic path and to facilitate performances of their music in a wide variety of venues both on and off campus. Beyond coursework, our students have access to numerous professional portfolio-building resources, such as our modern electronic music studio and professional score/part preparation station, that give students that all-important edge when presenting their music to others.

Music Composition admission requirements:
Students applying for admission to the Music Composition program must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Undergraduate Audition Repertoire section of this website, submit a composition portfolio, complete a theory examination, and interview with Composition faculty.

The composition portfolio should consist of: 2-5 scores in PDF file format with links to accompanying YouTube/Vimeo videos of performances (live preferred, but MIDI realizations are acceptable), and a 1-2 page written statement of their composition interest, background, and goals in PDF or MS Word format.

Composition students auditioning live on-campus must upload their composition portfolio materials when submitting their online audition registration form.

Composition students submitting a recorded audition in lieu of a live audition must upload their composition portfolio materials in addition to their video audition recording when submitting their recorded audition submission.

View additional information on undergraduate admissions and auditions.

B.M. in Composition degree requirements.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies


B.A. in Music

B.M. in Performance

B.M. in Composition

B.M. in Music Therapy

B.M. in Music Education (Teacher Certification)

Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Minor in Music

Music Minor in Songwriting

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)




Faculty and Staff

Faculty Travel Request Form

Visiting Artist Request Form

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

MuSci Lab

Meadows Artist Bridge

Dallas Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors