The bachelor of music (B.M.) degree program in composition offers committed composers opportunities to develop a wide range of musical skills through performance, thorough training in music theory and music history, and a comprehensive study of instrumentation and orchestration.

Most students in the program enter careers as composers or arrangers and as teachers of music at colleges, universities, or conservatories. Students interested in other careers such as performance, conducting, teaching, or music criticism often major in composition to develop the technical abilities to supplement their professional skills.