This degree is designed for students pursuing a career in composition and/or music theory. Students in this field go on to advanced academic and creative careers, often including advanced graduate work in music theory and/or composition.
Composition majors are encouraged to explore composition across an array of styles and genres, including contemporary, classical, electronic music, jazz, indie rock, contemporary Christian, singer-songwriter, gospel, folk, and film music. Student composers participate in master classes with guest ensembles and composers-in-residence and partner with chamber groups and large ensembles for reading/recording sessions, rehearsals, and concert performances. Additionally, students in the Composition program have opportunities to gain professional experience in composing, arranging, and producing music for a variety of collaborative endeavors such as films, podcasts, albums, music videos, and show choirs. Works by our student composers may be heard on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Vimeo, and other digital outlets, as well as in film festivals, music recitals, and Step Sing shows.
Each year, the School of the Arts holds a Composition Content for current students which results in the winning entry being premiered during the Wind Ensemble spring concert. Dr. Mark Scatterday has been the guest judge for the past few years. Entry details can be found here.
Visit Samford and Learn More About our Program
Samford's Division of Music hosts Backstage Pass in the spring and fall. We invite students to come to campus, engage with our faculty, attend classes or an ensemble rehearsal and learn more about studying music at Samford. Our next event event will be September 24.
"While at Samford, I have learned a great deal about the depths of music theory and composition, which have aided me significantly in my pursuits as a composer for film and video games. I have had the privilege of scoring several short films, as well as composing for a wind ensemble reading session and several student and faculty recitals."
Smith Leithhart, May 2019
What can I do with a Bachelor of Music in Composition Degree?
Composition majors pursue a variety of post-graduate careers and paths: composing and arranging for film, television, the concert hall, and the church; recording, engineering, and touring as recording artists and songwriters; pursuing graduate studies in music at the master's and doctoral level; teaching in preparatory programs, high schools, colleges, and universities; serving in music ministry; engaging in artist residencies; working as staff arrangers and creative production coordinators; and practicing copyright law as legal experts and lawyers.
This major may be right for you if
- you enjoy improvising or writing music.
- you enjoy analyzing music and learning about music theory.
- you are inspired to collaborate with fellow performers and artists from a variety of disciplines.
- you enjoy discovering different voices, instruments, and technologies.
- you would enjoy teaching music theory, technology, and/or composition.
Meet the FacultyJoel Davis
View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Composition - Instrumental Concentration.
View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Composition - Keyboard Concentration.
View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Composition - Voice Concentration.