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Music Composition

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Music Composition at Fredonia

Fredonia’s composition program trains students who wish to pursue professional and/or academic careers in music composition and related fields. You will learn the craft of music composition by exploring music from all genres and time periods, while finding your own unique voice. At Fredonia, you’ll engage in projects that develop a range of skill that is rare among undergraduate programs.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia’s unique approach of integration across campus gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other artists.You can work with choreographers, filmmakers, directors, and poets to gain a deeper understanding of the craft. The program allows you to study composition in a standard program, or elect performance or electronic music composition as an enhanced concentration. Ethos New Music Society brings such distinguished artists as Roomful of Teeth, Morton Subotnick, and Jennifer Higdon to campus to work with students, read through and perform their original compositions.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Music directors
  • Music composers

Contact Information

It's Different Here

100

Years of Excellence

Choosing Fredonia links you to an illustrious list of alumni who have made great careers in music education, performance, composition, and other related specializations.

350

concerts annually

Over 350 concerts and/or events in the School of Music each year, many of which are live-streamed.

35,000

Scores

Housed in Reed Library, along with 20,000 recordings and the opportunity to access materials around the world.

Why Music Composition at Fredonia?

ethose new music society performance

Ethos new music society

A student-run group that organizes concerts and events showcasing new music from international artists. Those artists offer guidance and feedback to students on scores they have created.

music composition lab

Facilities

Two facilities dedicated to electronic music composition, with the latest digital and analog technologies available to students.

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Integration with Visual & Performing Arts

You're encouraged to collaborate outside the School of Music to work with choreographers, filmmakers, directors, poets and other creative artists.

Sample Courses

MUS 129 Beginning Composition

Introduction to composition, covering the various concepts inherent in composition, with an emphasis on creativity and performance. Students will begin to understand their own creative process and demonstrate their knowledge through composition projects.

MUS 285 Music Copyright

Introduction to composition, covering the various concepts inherent in composition, with an emphasis on creativity and performance. Students will begin to understand their own creative process and demonstrate their knowledge through composition projects.

MUS 301 Composition Lab: Instrumentation

Fundamentals of instrumentation, covering the various timbral and technical characteristics of the instruments within the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion families. Students will be expected to understand how each instrument works and demonstrate their knowledge through transcription projects.

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