Bachelor of Music in Composition

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.

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Why Samford?

Maggie Boswell graduated this past May and studied composition with Dr. Joel Davis and piano with Dr. Kathryn Fouse.
The decision to come to Samford was easy after I experienced the community in the Division of Music. Being able to study in an atmosphere where I can be unashamedly intellectually, creatively, and emotionally invested in music makes my studies more gratifying and whole than I could have imagined.
Maggie Boswell, '17
Music Composition Major

What can I do with a Bachelor of Music in Composition Degree?

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Composition Degree bring documented creative problem-solving skills and imagination to a range of jobs. Graduates can pursue careers as composers, performers, and music educators in various settings including film scoring, songwriting, commercial music, the private studio, the church, the music preparatory school, and the university. They also pursue graduate studies in fields such as composition, theory, and musicology, in preparation for careers as faculty members in higher education.

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 Faculty

Joel Davis
Mark Lackey

CONCENTRATIONS

Instrumental Concentration

View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Composition - Instrumental Concentration.

Keyboard Concentration

View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Composition - Keyboard Concentration.

Voice Concentration

View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Composition - Voice Concentration.