Jazz Studies: Composition

Are you looking to start a career as a professional music composer? If you're open to all genres of music and you've written your own compositions, it's time to consider applying to the University of the Arts' Composition program.

Here at UArts, you'll be taught by faculty who are all in-demand, working professionals. You'll learn composition for every genre of music, but you'll also get the chance to specialize in the genre that most interests you – from big band, classical and jazz, to gospel, alternative rock, percussion, electronica, pop and beyond. Thanks to a curriculum that stresses emerging technologies and the business side of composition as well as the academics and theory behind it, our students are able to pursue a variety of music composition careers: in radio and television, with orchestras or chamber ensembles, and even composing soundscapes for video games, events or industrial applications.

You'll have lots of opportunities to mix your creative juices with UArts Film students, Animation students, Theater students, Dance students and others. Composition majors have composed for live performances and studio recordings. They've re-scored films and recorded them using virtual instruments and samples. They've designed soundscapes for city-wide light shows. And they've collaborated with ProJazz in Santiago, Chile, and the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in the U.K. Each semester, a professional chamber music ensemble visits UArts to perform and record students’ work, which is a great way to learn how professional musicians bring your creations to life.

Music students MACJO Orchestra 2014

In the News

Frank Rein '16 (Composition) selected as alternate musician for 2014 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Orchestra, the prestigious honors ensemble that is now in its sixth year.

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Featured Work

Work by faculty member David Bennett Thomas is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.