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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

About our BM in Music Composition

Our Music Composition program is intended for those whose primary interest is studying composition. Our coursework requires a high level of musicianship, demonstrated through performance on primary instrument as well as a basic understanding of music theory.

Close up image of sheet music being written.You will learn the application of compositional techniques and develop your own creative potential. This program will prepare you for a graduate degree in music theory or composition.

Want to apply? Check out our Admissions Audition information, as well as our Undergraduate Handbook.

Program Highlights

Where is this program offered?


How much does this program cost?

Find out how much this program costs through the registrar.


Each year, the Music Department gives over $250,000 in scholarships and waivers for incoming and returning students. To learn more, check out our Music Scholarship Information.


We offer many ensemble opportunities in a wide range of instrumental combinations, styles, and proficiencies. From our large symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, or premier vocal group to our small jazz combos and brass quintets, there is an ensemble for you.

For a full list of ensembles, reference our CWU Music Ensemble Opportunities.

Degree Information

  • Admission Requirements

    The Bachelor of Music in Composition cannot be declared until the end of spring quarter of your first year of study.

    Incoming Freshman with an interest in the Composition degree program need to first and foremost audition and be accepted on their primary instrument. The freshman year should be used to achieve a higher level on the applied instrument and acquire, and/or solidify, the necessary skill set (music theory) to become an informed, artistic, and more successful composer

  • Recommended Academic Plan

    For information regarding admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.

    Interested? Check out our recommended Academic Plan.

Questions? Contact us.

Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

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