Academics

Composition Programs in North Dakota

Degrees at NDSU

Bachelor of Music in Composition at North Dakota State University (Available Fall 2021)

North Dakota’s first and only professional undergraduate degree in music composition. The BM in Composition provides composers with professional training in music theory and history; performance studies on an instrument or voice, and ample composition instruction. The Composition curriculum includes directed elective credits to allow students to pick up a music-related focus, such as Entrepreneurship or Publishing.


Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Music at North Dakota State University

The BA requires two years of a foreign language, while the BS requires a minor or a second major. Students can minor in Entrepreneurship through NDSU’s The Nice Center (which accepts credit from MUSC 385: Music Entrepreneurship), or pick from NDSU’s catalog of majors/minors.


Other Composition programs in ND

Undergraduate Certificate in Music Composition (Online) – Valley City State University (available on-campus and online)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Music – Valley City State University (available on-campus and online)

Bachelor of Arts in Music – University of North Dakota

Master of Music in Composition – University of North Dakota

Composition Courses

NDSU

Composition study at NDSU is available both as a focus and as enrichment. Students interested in pursuing composition professionally or academically may elect to major in Music Composition through our Composition-focused BM degree, or to major in General Music through our BA or BS program. Admission to NDSU’s composition studio is by portfolio: Students are required to submit a portfolio of three to five of their best scores for consideration to the program.

MUSC 166: Applied Composition. 1 credit.
Introductory individual lessons in composition focusing on mastering simple compositional techniques in both melody and harmony. May be repeated for credit.
Prereq: MUSC 132 (Ear Training & Sight Singing I).

MUSC 266: Applied Composition. 1 credit.
Individual lessons in composition for a variety of musical media. May be repeated twice.
Prereq: MUSC 166 (Applied Composition).

MUSC 366: Applied Composition. 1 credit.
Individual lessons in composition for a variety of musical media. May be repeated twice.
Prereq: MUSC 231 (Music Theory IV).

MUSC 466: Applied Composition. 1 credit.
Individual lessons in composition for a variety of musical media. May be repeated.
Prereq: MUSC 366 (Applied Composition).