To inquire about this program:
Music Admission Office | 773-325-7444​

DePaul's School of Music offers a bachelor's degree in Composition program that will teach you how to write your own music. The program combines traditional music studies with instruction in analysis, orchestration, compositional procedures and contemporary musical styles. Music professors are active composers who will give you private composition instruction.

As a Composition major, you will take part in seminars with guest composers, write and produce original works and have your compositions performed during the DePaul Composers Forum. You may also submit your pieces to be read and performed by the DePaul Student New Music Ensemble, DePaul Wind Ensemble, DePaul choral groups, DePaul Chamber Orchestra and DePaul Symphony Orchestra.

Living in Chicago will provide you with excellent opportunities to hear live, professional contemporary music performances, such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and many other professional music organizations throughout the area.

Chicago is known for its vibrant music scene. Concerts of every genre take place each night in the city, and music festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork take place in the summers. There is no shortage of musical entertainment, from blues to jazz, classical to country.

Internship Possibilities


What can you do with this degree?

  • Arranging
  • Composing
  • Music education
  • Music editing
  • Music production
  • Performance
  • Recording