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Music: Concentration Composition

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Why study Music: Concentration Composition at APSU?

Austin Peay's applied faculty and ensemble directors are second to none. Our music department is host to world-class performers including members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville's top recording studio session-musicians, premier solo musicians, opera lead-role performers, chamber musicians, featured soloists, and world-renowned clinicians. Our ensemble directors have established a long-standing tradition of excellence in chamber and large instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our composition students have first-hand opportunities to hear their works performed by student and faculty performers.


What will I learn?

This degree prepares students for careers in theory and composition as composers, editors, copyists, and arrangers. Many composers also spend much of their time teaching theory and composition in community colleges, universities, and private studios. Finally, many composition majors pursue graduate degrees or careers in conducting, composing, arranging, music theory, or pedagogy, or may pursue careers in arts management. This degree will prepare you for any number of these, or other music careers.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshman Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduate can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for uppder division courses. Students should consult the sample 4 year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

The music department is home to four music student organizations.

  1. Collegiate chapter of National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) is a service/professional organization for music education majors.
  2. Phi Mu Alpha is a music service organization for men. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
  3. Sigma Alpha Iota is a music service organization for women. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
  4. Aspiring Vocal Performers is a professional organization for vocal music majors.
  5. Smash-Bang Club a student organization for the Governor's Own Marching Band. All majors are welcome. 

APSU music majors serve the department and community through a variety of outreach programs.  

What Do Music: Concentration Composition Majors Do After Graduation?

After graduation from APSU, many of our composition majors are accepted to the graduate schools of their choosing. Others seek careers as freelance musicians, private-studio teachers, copyists, editors, or arrangers.

  • Art Music
  • Film Scoring
  • Video Game Music
  • Broadway 
  • Proofing
  • Commercial Jingles
  • Engraving
  • Editing
  • Theme Parks
  • Arranging