A degree in Composition and Theory

Explore all the opportunities you have in the composition and theory program at ASU.

The composition and theory program in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University fosters students to develop the the technical, creative and critical-thinking skills necessary to pursue a meaningful career in music composition or music theory. The faculty are nationally and internationally recognized, active composers or theorists whose musical interests represents a wide variety of genres and areas including chamber and orchestral music, experimental performance, music perception and cognition, queer studies, interdisciplinary collaboration, acoustic ecology, electroacoustic and acousmatic music, experimental popular forms and more. We encourage you to explore our site and see all the opportunities you have in the composition program at ASU.

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre offers the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition with a concentration in composition or a concentration in theory, the Master of Music in Composition and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition. In collaboration with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, we jointly offer a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media in either the Master of Music or Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition.

Composition and Theory undergraduate degrees

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Theory and Composition (Composition), BMUS

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Theory and Composition (Theory), BMUS

Composition and Theory graduate degrees

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Composition (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), MM

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Music (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), DMA


Music Composition, DMA

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Music Composition, MM

Music minors

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Music Performance, Minor

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Music Theatre, Minor

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Music, Minor

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View all Music, Dance and Theatre areas of studies for other undergraduate, graduate and minors options.

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Meet our Composition and Theory faculty