Study compositional styles — and develop your own — with a composition degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As one of the largest music departments in the UW System, you’ll find yourself surrounded by passionate, enthusiastic people just like you: ready to take the music world by storm.
Led by highly trained and specialized faculty, rigorous coursework will help you to cultivate your musical skills and creative expression. Explore a variety of compositional techniques, learn how to transcribe music and master best-practices. Frequent guest artists, competitions and one-on-one time with professional musicians will help you to build your skillset and identify your preferred compositional style.
Opportunities to perform in more than 150 events each year will provide you with a strong musical foundation and real-world, professional experience. And unlike at other universities, you will have opportunities to play in our prestigious ensembles early on in your undergraduate career.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, our noteworthy composition major will give you the experience — and confidence — needed to tackle your future endeavors and launch into a career you love.
Thanks to the program's strong reputation, supportive partners and devoted alumni, many scholarships are available to current and future Blugold music majors. For example, the Ross Hastings Memorial Music Scholarship provides $2,000 to an outstanding music composition major who demonstrates talent in the field of music arranging.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your music composition degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Music composition program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Blugold Ringers
- Clarinet Studio Organization
- Eau Claire Jazz
- Fifth Element
- Gospel Choir
- The Innocent Men
- National Band Association Collegiate Chapter
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
Accreditation informationAll music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
A city that embraces music. The Eau Claire community welcomes UW-Eau Claire music students and invites them to become a part of the city's rich and vibrant music scene. Here, you’ll have access to countless productions and on-stage experiences made possible thanks to our partnership with the Pablo Center at the Confluence. Discover the Eau Claire Jazz Festival — the largest student-run festival in the nation — and the Viennese Ball, where music students like you provide the soundtrack to a night of Austrian specialties and Viennese waltzes.
Creative, inspiring courses. A variety of classes will teach you how to express emotion through musical composition and how to strengthen your creative thinking skills. Unique projects and assignments allow you to explore several contemporary models, while encouraging you to develop a composition style all your own.
Opportunities to travel. Music majors regularly have the chance to travel domestically and internationally to interact and perform with other musicians. Experiences like these are excellent ways to learn new skills, make connections and explore job possibilities.
One-of-a-kind spaces. UWEC is home to four performance venues, six music classrooms, 36 practice rooms, an audio recording studio, a music technology lab, a digital piano lab and several rehearsal rooms. We also partner with the Eau Claire community's newest performance venue, Pablo Center at the Confluence. This state-of-the-art facility hosts many UWEC classes, rehearsals and performances.
Skill-building student organizations. Join one of 20 student clubs and organizations dedicated to celebrating music, theatre and dance. Express yourself, learn new techniques and network with other students. Many student organizations lead to volunteer opportunities, competitions and performances.
UW-Eau Claire composition alumni go on to compose award-winning music for films, television and professional ensembles. Earning a music composition degree from UW-Eau Claire will provide you with endless opportunities and the ability to pick your own career path.
Where are music composition alumni now?
- American film composer, California
- Film, television, and ensemble composer, California
- Jazz composer, Ohio
- Saxophonist and composer, Wisconsin
Music composition careers
- Assistant to the composer
- Composer (concert and stage)
- Music editor
- Music professor
- Musical theater adapter
The composition department at UW-Eau Claire has exposed me to a side of music I hadn’t known before attending the school. The composition department and contemporary ensemble have been a cornerstone of my education at the institution.
As a music composition major, you'll learn how music is composed and what makes music sound pleasing to the ear. A wide range of electives and ensembles allows you to explore passions and personalize your studies.
Classes for music composition majors may include:
- Music History and Society
- Beginning Composition
- Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Symphony Band
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
Learn more about the comprehensive music composition major in the UWEC course catalog.
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