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Music Composition

The Newcomb Department of Music offers a non-conservatory Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Composition, as well as the freedom for any student at Tulane, regardless of major, to participate in classes. The Music Composition B.F.A. program focuses on small-group studios teaching strategies for composing music in various genres and media, including acoustic and electronic music in classical and contemporary styles, jazz and band arrangements, music for film and theatrical productions, commercial music, and music for band and choir. Alumni include composers of commercial music, scores for theatre and film, operatic and symphonic music, popular and musical theatre repertoire, and avant-garde music, as well as university professors. The program culminates in an hour-long senior recital, presented by the student or by peers and professional performers. Admission to the Composition BFA program is based on a review, which takes place during the sophomore year; however, freshmen still are able to take composition courses, as can non-majors. Many composition students also choose to take advantage of the coursework offered through our minor in Music Science and Technology, a composition-focused program in electronic music and recording and editing techniques.

The major also offers the flexibility for students to pursue courses in other fields or often to double major. Admission to the Jazz Studies B.F.A. program is based on an audition, which takes place during the sophomore year. For this reason, no audition is required for applicants interested in Tulane’s composition program, but they are welcomed and considered in the application process. Click here for more information on auditions.