Music Composition

Bradley’s music composition program equips you to write music that becomes part of people’s lives, whether in traditional performance settings or the modern recording industry.

93% career outcomes rate for 2015-16 graduates - 95% knowledge rate
12 to 1 student faculty ratio
Top Illinois Regional University - U.S.News
100% of classes taught by faculty

The Bradley Advantage

As a music composition major, you learn how musical lines fit together and what instrumental combinations produce the sound you want. Music theory and instrumental or voice lessons give you opportunities to apply what you learn. You audition for acceptance into the program, and the audition also determines potential scholarships. . As a member of the music department, you can travel nationally or internationally with one of 11 ensembles on campus. You also can explore the recording industry as a performer or businessperson through student-run Hilltop Studios.

Successful Outcomes

Bradley’s music performance program successfully prepares you for a career in the industry. In recent years, all students found jobs within six months of graduation. They’re working at places such as San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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