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College of Arts and Humanities

Music Composition

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The Bachelor of Music in Composition Degree at Central Washington University is primarily intended for students with adequate knowledge/skills in the following areas:

  • High level of musicianship, demonstrated through performance on primary instrument
  • Basic understanding of music theory
  • Application of basic compositional techniques
  • Knowledge of significant composers and their compositional techniques
  • Creative potential

As many incoming freshman have not been exposed to all of the above, acceptance into the BM in composition at CWU cannot occur until the end of the first year of study (see Admission – Composition Program Information).

Artful composition is not exclusively dependent upon creativity and/or originality. This element creates a composer’s “voice.” The compositional process is enhanced by one’s knowledge and understanding of “the Masters” of composition from centuries prior.

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