Composition means creating new music. It includes contemporary music composition, electroacoustic music, songwriting, beat-making, film music — or new forms and genres that nobody has thought of yet. The only limit is your imagination.
Studying Composition at UC
Students in Composition create their own music in a genre and musical culture of their choosing. The Composition pathway thrives on a diverse range of musical styles, ranging from contemporary concert music to pop and everything in between. Typical Composition students might spend their time writing works for chamber ensemble or orchestra, composing film or video game soundtracks, writing songs, creating electronic soundscape compositions, or producing their next EDM hit.
Our courses provide students with the necessary tools and skills to achieve their creative goals, and a framework for them to nurture their unique musical voice in their chosen genres. Individual classes explore fundamental practical and theoretical approaches to the creation of new music in a variety of musical contexts including (but not limited to) notated music, studio-based music, songwriting, and music for media. In lectures and tutorials students learn compositional best practices, hone their technical skills, and engage with a wide range of historical and cutting-edge repertoire.
Music out loud
Music comes alive when you share it with others, and the School of Music affords plenty of opportunities to do this. Weekly composition workshops provide a platform for readthroughs of your work by students as well as a place to share other work in progress with Composition students and faculty. There are further opportunities to present works in public concerts and masterclasses with visiting artists or composers.
Head of Composition Programme at UC
Reuben de Lautour
Head of Composition & Creative Music Technology / Postgraduate Coordinator
If you intend on majoring in composition, all you need to do is enrol in MUSA100 in your first semester. This course introduces fundamentals of music notation and composition, and leads into either a sequence of composition courses where you can specialise in composing for instruments, or songwriting, or both. If you want to take some composition classes but don’t wish to major in composition, enrol in MUSA100 in your first semester and then choose additional composition and / or songwriting courses in subsequent semesters as desired. If you want to find our more before applying, or are wondering if Composition is right for you, please contact the Head of Composition.