Explore the music composition degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Earn a music composition bachelor of music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to experience the music and theatre arts department to its full potential. With this major, you will have the opportunity to learn about music composition from professionals in their field while honing in on the arts culture the city of Eau Claire has to offer. 

You will learn how music is put together and what makes music sound pleasing to the ear. Discover how far your creativity will take you by taking courses you are generally interested in, with multiple subjects areas to choose from within the major requirements.  

Award-winning composer and blugold alum brings musical talents back to UW-Eau Claire

At UW-Eau Claire, we create a strong, supportive community that embraces the talents of students and provides them with high-impact learning opportunities. Kyle Newmaster, a 1999 music graduate returns to his roots—UW-Eau Claire, just in time for the holiday season. Newmaster is an award-winning composer based in Los Angeles who has experience composing music for film, television, and ensembles. Newmaster was able to create a new finale work for UW-Eau Claire's annual holiday concert. It's opportunities like this that allow Blugolds to engage in impactful, life-changing experiences.

Music composition scholarships and financial aid

Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a music degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Music composition scholarships

At UW-Eau Claire, it is important for us to provide a student-focused and supportive community. The Ross Hastings Memorial Music Scholarship provides $2,000 to an outstanding music major who demonstrates talent in the field of music arranging. This scholarship is awarded on the basis and commitment to the music composition bachelor's degree program. We strive to create an inclusive environment that will empower you with the guidance and tools you need to have a successful academic career.

Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial Aid at UW-Eau Claire

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central, our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your music composition degree.

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.


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Quick Facts

Music composition program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
Student Organizations
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • Audacious
  • Blugold Ringers
Student organizations (continued)
  • Callisto
  • Clarinet Studio Organization
  • Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
  • Eau Claire JazzFifth Element
  • Gospel Choir
  • Impromptu
  • The Innocent Men
  • National Band Association Collegiate Chapter
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)

Accreditation information: All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music composition bachelor’s degree program highlights

Empowering you with the tools to pursue your passions. UW-Eau Claire's music composition degree will allow you to think creatively and empower you with the necessary tools to compose music. You will encounter multiple contemporary models while steadily being encouraged to develop your own personal compositional style. The music composition degree program guides students to develop a facility with fundamental elements of musical composition as well as to explore a wider variety of extended compositional techniques. UW-Eau Claire strives to provide a transformative learning experience that will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry.

Creating a supportive and empowering community. At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to create a supportive community where students are our top priority. Our music faculty create a learning environment where students feel welcomed, motivated and prepared to do their best. The music composition program will provide you with a small class size setting, opportunities to work one-on-one professors and other talented composers. Our award-winning music composition alumni have even returned back to their roots to compose music for students at UW-Eau Claire. Kyle Newmaster, an award-winning composer and UWEC alumni says, "I will always treasure my education here, the friendships, and the fact that I’m able to commission this work for the ensembles." UW-Eau Claire's music program will empower you with real-life and high-impact learning experiences so you can reach your full potential.

What jobs can you get with a music composition degree from UWEC?

You can do a lot with a music composition degree! Our 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 degree alumni now?

Music composition careers

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.

Austin Williams | composition major

Music composition bachelor’s degree program curriculum

As a music composition major, you'll learn how music is composed and what makes a music sound pleasing to the ear. You'll take courses that interest you because we have so many electives to choose from. 

Graduation requirements for an music composition bachelor's degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Theory (26 credits)
History/Literature (12 credits)
Composition (16 credits)
Applied Music (5 credits)
Keyboard (3 credits)
Conducting (2 credits)
Recital (2 credits)
Ensembles (8 credits)
Music Electives (3 credits)

View more in course UWEC catalog.

Top classes for music composition majors

Electronic Music
Beginning Composition
Analyzing Global Traditions in Music

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