UGA Specific Information for Music Composition

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is a professional degree preparing qualified students for work in the music industry and/or graduate study. The program provides three years of applied lessons in a primary instrument and three years of intensive study in composition, during which students participate in weekly seminars that focus on analysis and the evaluation of undergraduate compositions. The program includes a strong foundation in theory and music literature along with applied study on a secondary instrument. Performance of contemporary music is emphasized. The four years of study culminates with a composition recital that presents a multi-movement or large-form composition for an ensemble. Composition majors are also required to perform recitals in their applied area (vocal or instrumental).

Professional career opportunities for composers include writing new music for publication, providing original music for such fields as radio broadcast, film, television, and advertising, and arranging music for various collegiate or professional performing groups (e.g. marching bands, dance bands, and other professional organizations). Graduate study provides advanced training for the fields mentioned above and provides a credential for obtaining a teaching position in higher education.

Possible Employers Who May Hire UGA Music Composition Majors

Music and Film Studios | Music Industry Associations | Music Stores | Orchestras and Bands | Production Companies | Publishing Firms | Various School Districts

Possible Job Titles for UGA Music Composition Majors

Band Director | Composer/Arranger | Engineer/Mixer | Instrument Technician | Music Instructor | Orchestra Librarian | Orchestra Manager | Studio Musician | Writer/Editor

UGA Music Composition Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

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  • USAJobs (federal jobs)

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