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 A student in the music composition degree program at MSU composes at a music stand while her classmates listen in the background.

Interested in a music composition degree? 
The composition program lies at the intersection of the creation, research, and performance of music and sound with other art forms. Along with faculty, students pursuing a music composition degree engage in work in acoustic and electronic media, including chamber and large ensembles, real-time interactive performance, video/film, installation, instrument design, and improvisation. 


Graduates with a music composition degree pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of music history, theory and performance. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Educational institutions
  • Metropolitan orchestras
  • Film and television studios
  • Entertainment companies

Alumni work as: 

  • Conductors
  • Performers
  • Songwriters
  • Educators and instructors

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