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The Composition program teaches 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’ll 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, you’ll be able to hear live, professional contemporary music performances, such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. You’ll also be able to attend concerts of every genre, including popular music festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork.


Sample Courses:

  • Analytical Studies
  • Composition
  • Electro-acoustic Music
  • Large Ensemble
  • Orchestration

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

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

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