Music - Composition/Theory Emphasis
Music theory is the study of the inner workings of music composition. Students who enjoy improvising, learning about how music is put together, and digging deeper into the inner workings of the mechanics of music composition may be music theorists or composers.
Composition students with a theory emphasis learn how to write music as a way of understanding its structure from the inside out. They work one-on-one with our composition theory faculty to create original research in the area of music theory.
Point of Pride
Illinois State University composition majors with a theory emphasis focus on music analysis. They receive reading sessions from nationally prominent ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Fulcrum Point, and ensemble mise-en. Majors also complete original research in music theory on a topic of their choice.
Why study Music - Composition/Theory Emphasis?
Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to many employers. Majoring in music composition with a theory emphasis will prepare a student who is interested in teaching music theory at the high school or collegiate level.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. You will select your audition time within the application for admission.
Applying to the Program
- Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date—we'll email you with a confirmation for your audition.
- Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
- Visit your portal to upload:
- a letter of recommendation from a music professional
- a music resume