Composing tomorrow’s classics today

Do you dream of writing musical scores for blockbuster movies, Broadway plays or the latest hit songs? Somebody does it, so why not you? Join Susquehanna University’s already thriving new music composition program and get right to work mastering marketable skills that will launch your exciting musical career.

Once you are moved in and established on campus, you’ll receive individual mentoring to help you grow as a musician and a composer. Savor the thrill of hearing your work performed live your first year in one of the student composers concerts we host every semester. Collaborate and compete with your classmates in this small, selective program that pushes you to innovate and take creative risks. Develop marketable, hands-on skills in our state-of-the-art computer music studios. Experiment with various musical styles, conduct ensembles and deepen your understanding of music literature and theory. Work closely with talented educators who’ve made their mark as professional musical talents and are committed to helping you cultivate a unique sound the world will welcome.

A music composition diploma from Susquehanna means you’re prepared to compete for admission to the nation’s top graduate programs, such as the famed Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. From your very first day, you’ll be well on your way to a satisfying career as an arranger, teacher of music composition, or composer of the new classics.

of students receive private composition lessons each semester
of students receive lessons in their primary instrument or voice each semester and perform in top ensembles
of composition majors have their work performed each semester
of students are admitted to graduate schools of their choice

A large presence with personalized attention

Susquehanna’s Department of Music comprises eight majors and minors. All classes are intentionally small, and you will received individualized instruction from an accomplished teacher who brings real-world experience to the classroom.

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Potential Careers

  • Concert music composer
  • Media composer for games and movies
  • Music arranger
  • University professor
  • Private composition teacher

Make your music pop

Consider adding a minor in music technology for your degree in music composition. You will receive hands-on training in studio and audio engineering and the most up-to-date software for the music industry.

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Studying for a Degree in Music Composition

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in music composition at Susquehanna.

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See the full list of related programs on the School of the Arts page.

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