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From 2000 – 2021, it was my privilege to teach music composition and theory for the School of Music and Theatre at Heidelberg University. There are several fine degree opportunities for potential music majors, including young composers.


Bachelor of Arts in Music


Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Popular Music Studies


Bachelor of Arts in Music, with applied study in Composition


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with concentrations in

Bachelor of Music degrees in:


Also offered: minor programs in music and theater 

The Bachelor of Arts degree with applied study in Music Composition allows students to pursue the serious study of composition for future careers in the classical or popular music fronts. Additional studies in music theory inform the young composer of the technical basis behind their own creativity.


Students of the composition program at Heidelberg have gone on to active composition and teaching careers. Graduates have completed graduate degrees at many institutions, including the University of Michigan, The University of Missouri at Kansas City, The University of Miami, Florida, and Ohio University. 


The Heidelberg Advantage:


  • Composition students at Heidelberg enjoy the experience and support of faculty members, who often perform their compositions. They also answer questions regarding writing for their performance area.

  • Student ensembles and theatre productions offer young composers special opportunities to create new music on the campus

  • Students receive weekly private lessons; they also work with their peers in composition seminars, in order to learn about the larger world of contemporary composition

  • Contact with guest composers and performers on campus enrich a student’s understanding of music and the many ways that contemporary composers may choose to express their ideas.

  • Additional field trips to contemporary music festivals and other regional concerts to hear live performances of new music




Enjoy the study of composition in a warm, supportive liberal arts environment!

School of Music and Theatre, Heidelberg University

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