Composition or Theory

The faculty are recognized, active composers whose music represents a wide variety of genres, ranging from chamber to orchestral, acoustic to electronic.

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A degree in Composition + Theory

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 offers a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media in either the Master of Music or Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition.

Composition + Theory undergraduate degrees

Students pursuing the BMus in theory and composition must choose a concentration in either...

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Students pursuing the BMus in theory and composition must choose a concentration in either...

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Composition + Theory Graduate degrees

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The DMA in music with a concentration in music composition is a comprehensive professional...

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The MM program in composition with a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media is...

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graduate

The MM program in composition focuses on the development of skills necessary to pursue a career...

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Meet our Composition + Theory faculty