Music Theory and Composition Colleges and Programs

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This educational program focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of arranging and creating music. This program includes in depth instruction in aural theory, counterpoint, melody, complex harmony, chromatics, modulation, improvisation, musical writing, progressions, instrumentation, studies of specific musical styles, electronic and computer applications, orchestration, and development of original creative ability.

The accredited schools, colleges and universities listed below offer majors and degree programs in Music Theory and Composition.

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ 85287

Phone Number:(480) 965-9011
Website:www.asu.edu/
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:75,341 (59,211 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:28 to 1

Ashland University

401 College Ave, Ashland, OH 44805

Phone Number:(419) 289-4142
Website:www.ashland.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:Finge town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:9,195 (3,379 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Admissions:www.ashland.edu/admission
Financial Aid:www.ashland.edu/finaid/
Online Application:www.ashland.edu/apply

Baldwin-Wallace College

275 Eastland Rd, Berea, OH 44017-2088

Phone Number:(440) 826-2900
Website:www.bw.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,864 (3,892 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

Baylor University

500 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76798

Phone Number:(254) 710-1011
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:15,709 (12,910 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212-3757

Phone Number:(615) 460-6000
Website:www.belmont.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – professional practice
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:5,601 (4,577 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

Bennington College

One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201-6003

Phone Number:(802) 442-5401
Website:www.bennington.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:826 (660 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1

Berklee College of Music

1140 Boylston St, Boston, MA 2215

Phone Number:(617) 747-2222
Website:www.berklee.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Other degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,728 (4,728 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001

Phone Number:(562) 903-6000
Website:www.biola.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:6,454 (4,289 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Admissions:www.biola.edu/admissions/
Financial Aid:www.biola.edu/undergrad/financialaid/
Online Application:www.biola.edu/undergrad/apply/now.cfm

Birmingham Southern College

900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35254

Phone Number:(205) 226-4600
Website:www.bsc.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,528 (1,472 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1
Admissions:www.gotobsc.com/
Financial Aid:www.gotobsc.com/fa/
Online Application:www.gotobsc.com/apply.htm

Blinn College

902 College Ave, Brenham, TX 77833-4098

Phone Number:(979) 830-4000
Website:www.blinn.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:23,379 (23,379 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:33 to 1
Admissions:www.blinn.edu/admissions/
Financial Aid:www.blinn.edu/finaid/

Bob Jones University

1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard, Greenville, SC 29614-0001

Phone Number:(864) 242-5100
Website:www.bju.edu
School Type:4-year private for-profit
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,664 (3,750 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1
Admissions:www.bju.edu/become-a-student/
Financial Aid:www.bju.edu/become-a-student/financial/
Online Application:www.bju.edu/become-a-student/apply/

Boise State University

1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725

Phone Number:(208) 426-1011
Website:www.boisestate.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:27,610 (22,664 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:27 to 1
Admissions:admissions.boisestate.edu/
Financial Aid:financialaid.boisestate.edu/
Online Application:http://admissions.boisestate.edu/apply/

Boston University

One Silber Way, Boston, MA 2215

Phone Number:(617) 353-2000
Website:www.bu.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:39,982 (23,291 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Phone Number:(419) 372-2531
Website:www.bgsu.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:20,654 (16,359 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

Bradley University

1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625-0001

Phone Number:(309) 676-7611
Website:www.bradley.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – professional practice
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:6,350 (5,329 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Admissions:admissions.bradley.edu
Financial Aid:sfs.bradley.edu
Online Application:admissions.bradley.edu/freshman/application/

Brandeis University

415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Phone Number:(781) 736-2000
Website:www.brandeis.edu/
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:5,977 (3,465 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

Brigham Young University

Main Campus, Provo, UT 84602

Phone Number:(801) 422-4636
Website:www.byu.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:42,868 (39,085 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:27 to 1

Bucknell University

Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone Number:(570) 577-2000
Website:www.bucknell.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:3,823 (3,657 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

Butler University

4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone Number:(317) 940-8000
Website:www.butler.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – professional practice
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,720 (3,731 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Admissions:go.butler.edu/about-admission/
Financial Aid:go.butler.edu/about-admission/financial-costs
Online Application:go.butler.edu/about-admission/apply

California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504-3297

Phone Number:(951) 689-5771
Website:www.calbaptist.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,679 (3,466 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Admissions:www.calbaptist.edu/admissions

Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122

Phone Number:(504) 816-4640
Website:www.dillard.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,076 (1,076 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

Furman University

3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613-6162

Phone Number:(864) 294-2000
Website:www.furman.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:3,675 (3,038 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Admissions:www.engagefurman.com
Financial Aid:www.furman.edu/finaid/index.htm
Online Application:www.engagefurman.com

Gardner-Webb University

Main St, Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997

Phone Number:(704) 406-2361
Website:www.gardner-webb.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,705 (3,120 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX 79698-0001

Phone Number:(325) 670-1000
Website:www.hsutx.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:2,556 (2,011 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1
Admissions:www.hsutx.edu/admissions
Financial Aid:www.hsutx.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financia…
Online Application:www.hsutx.edu/admissions/undergraduate/applying…

Johns Hopkins University

3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218-2688

Phone Number:(410) 516-8000
Website:www.jhu.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:24,599 (6,337 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:7 to 1

Longy School of Music

One Follen St, Cambridge, MA 2138

Phone Number:618E13
Website:www.longy.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:219 (44 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:2 to 1

Manhattan School of Music

120 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027-4698

Phone Number:(212) 749-2802
Website:www.msmnyc.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – other
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:983 (425 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:3 to 1
Admissions:www.msmnyc.edu/admission/
Financial Aid:www.msmnyc.edu/Admissions/Scholarships-Financial-Aid
Online Application:www.unifiedapps.org

McNally Smith College of Music

19 Exchange Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101-2220

Phone Number:(651) 291-0177
Website:www.mcnallysmith.edu
School Type:4-year private for-profit
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:671 (671 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:6 to 1
Admissions:www.mcnallysmith.edu/admissions/
Financial Aid:www.mcnallysmith.edu/financial/
Online Application:www.mcnallysmith.edu/admissions/apply-online.aspx

New York University

70 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012-1091

Phone Number:(212) 998-1212
Website:www.nyu.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Doctor's degree – other
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:48,997 (24,325 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:7 to 1

Ohio University-Main Campus

Athens, OH 45701-2979

Phone Number:(740) 593-1000
Website:www.ohio.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:24,837 (19,288 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Admissions:www.ohio.edu/admissions/
Financial Aid:www.ohio.edu/financialaid/
Online Application:www.applyweb.com/apply/ohiou/menu.html

Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263

Phone Number:(310) 506-4000
Website:www.pepperdine.edu/
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:8,414 (3,617 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-6011

Phone Number:416E13
Website:www.sfcm.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:414 (212 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:5 to 1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244-5040

Phone Number:(315) 443-1870
Website:syr.edu/
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:30,241 (23,229 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

The Curtis Institute of Music

1726 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone Number:(215) 893-5252
Website:www.curtis.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:162 (133 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:2 to 1

The Juilliard School

60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-6588

Phone Number:(212) 799-5000
Website:www.juilliard.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – other
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,096 (753 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:4 to 1
Admissions:www.juilliard.edu/admissions/admissions.html
Financial Aid:www.juilliard.edu/admissions/financial.html
Online Application:apply.embark.com/grad/juilliard/22/

The New England Conservatory of Music

290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115-5018

Phone Number:(617) 585-1100
Website:necmusic.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:750 (368 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:4 to 1
Admissions:necmusic.edu/apply-nec
Financial Aid:www.necmusic.edu/financial-aid
Online Application:www.unifiedapps.org/

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

601 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820-5711

Phone Number:(217) 333-1000
Website:www.illinois.edu/
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:46,585 (32,620 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

University of Rochester

203 Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY 14627-0011

Phone Number:(585) 275-8063
Website:www.rochester.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:10,491 (5,806 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:6 to 1

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195-4550

Phone Number:(206) 543-2100
Website:www.washington.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:49,323 (35,420 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Admissions:admit.washington.edu/admission/
Financial Aid:www.washington.edu/students/osfa/
Online Application:admit.washington.edu/admission/

West Texas A & M University

2501 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79016-0001

Phone Number:(806) 651-0000
Website:www.wtamu.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:8,986 (6,937 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1
Admissions:www.wtamu.edu/admissions
Financial Aid:www.wtamu.edu/financialaid
Online Application:www.applytexas.org

Western Michigan University

1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5167

Phone Number:(269) 387-3530
Website:www.wmich.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:28,448 (21,611 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

Wheaton College

501 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593

Phone Number:(630) 752-5000
Website:www.wheaton.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:3,272 (2,461 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Admissions:www.wheaton.edu/admissions/UndGrad/
Financial Aid:www.wheaton.edu/finaid/
Online Application:www.wheaton.edu/admissions/UndGrad/applying/for…

Wilberforce University

1055 N Bickett Rd, Wilberforce, OH 45384-1001

Phone Number:(937) 376-2911
Website:www.wilberforce.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:873 (866 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Admissions:www.wilberforce.edu/admissions/index.html
Financial Aid:www.wilberforce.edu/future_students/financial.html
Online Application:www.wilberforce.edu/admissions/apply.html

Willamette University

900 State St, Salem, OR 97301

Phone Number:(503) 370-6300
Website:www.willamette.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – professional practice
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:3,053 (2,067 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1
Admissions:http://www.willamette.edu/about/admission
Financial Aid:www.willamette.edu/dept/finaid/
Online Application:www.willamette.edu/admission/apply/

Youngstown State University

One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555-0001

Phone Number:(877) 468-6978
Website:www.ysu.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – professional practice
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:16,784 (14,603 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Admissions:web.ysu.edu/admissions
Financial Aid:cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/finaid/index.cfm
Online Application:web.ysu.edu/gen/ysu/Apply_to_YSU_m140.html

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