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Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Composition Emphasis (B.A.)

Learn how to express yourself in music composition while bringing glory to God.

At Colorado Christian University, you can combine your passion for music with your education by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music. The music degree is perhaps the most versatile of all music degrees, preparing you for a broad range of musical and non-musical careers.

Music Composition

A Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Music Composition provides students with the opportunity to express themselves through music creation and compilation. This emphasis focuses on areas of talent and interest of students, challenging them to put into practice the elements and principles of music theory to create original music content.

Music composition provides invaluable experience in a field that is constantly changing and developing in today's modern culture. This emphasis also integrates Christian faith into musical composition, giving students the opportunity to not only express themselves but also to bring glory to God through music.

Music at CCU

The focus of CCU's School of Music is to teach you how to impact your culture for Christ, as well as how to honor Him and to share His love on campus and around the world, using excellence in music to do so. Integrated offerings combine classical, jazz, contemporary, and world music with a progressive and distinctly Christian worldview to develop students who are leaders — both in the world and in the Church.

As a music major, you'll receive personal attention by an exceptional, creative, and caring faculty who are themselves active performers and clinicians who desire to not only teach but to also mentor students. Opportunities include national tours for major ensembles, and an on-campus recording studio.

Auditioning for the School of Music

Prospective students who are planning to major or minor in music or theatre are required to audition for participation in most ensembles and for consideration for School of Music scholarships.

Research Opportunities in Music

All students majoring in music complete two significant research/performance projects. These include the Junior/Senior recitals and Senior Thesis. The recitals and performance projects require the assembly of creative programs, including research leading to academically viable and artistically compelling performances and written program notes. Senior Thesis involves research guided by a faculty advisor in the School of Music and defended before a committee comprised of faculty members from within and outside the School of Music. Learn more about research opportunities in Music.

What can you do with a degree in music?
  • Perform and record music
  • Sound engineering
  • Pursue graduate studies in music
  • Private music tutor
  • Combine your music degree with the disciplines of Business Administration, Theology, or Psychology
Interesting Classes You Might Take
  • Songwriting
  • Scoring and Arranging
  • Improvisational Techniques

About the School of Music

The School of Music equips students with the necessary skills to become expressive artists and effective communicators from a Christian perspective through the discipline of music. Our students use music and theatre to impact culture for Christ, to honor Him, and to share His love on campus and around the world. Opportunities are open to students of all majors and include national and international tours for major ensembles and an on-campus recording studio.

Become a leader in both the world and the church as you learn to combine a progressive and distinctly Christian worldview with classical, jazz, contemporary, and world music. Academic programs range from Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Composition to Worship Arts, Theatre, and Dance. You'll get personal attention from exceptional, creative, and caring faculty who are themselves active performers and clinicians who desire to not only teach, but to also mentor students.

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CCU’s School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM establishes national standards for undergraduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.

  • Financial Aid + Scholarships

    In the 2021-22 academic year, 99% of traditional undergraduate students received some form of financial aid, with over $25 million distributed in scholarships and grants.

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    All prospective traditional undergraduates are provided with an Enrollment Counselor (EC) who will help guide you through every step of the admission process.