COMPOSITION

For those who create music because they have to!

If you are on this page, it is not by accident. Among promising composers, it is rare to find one who "stumbles" into composition. Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Music in Composition program will help you discover the most effective way to communicate your ideas. This effectiveness comes from studying numerous things during your time at IWU. You will study music theory and understand how it can serve you. You will explore how to color your music so that it best captures the moods and feelings you want to express. You will also learn to develop strong relationships with other talented people who will support you and could assist you in realizing your musical ideas.

It is no accident that you are looking at Christian universities and the Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Music. You are here, investigating, because you sense a call from God to this art and science of music. Be assured that everyone involved in music at IWU, from faculty to students to other prospective students, has sensed a similar call. In the IWU Division of Music, we encourage one another to make music that has the potential to impact the world.

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One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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MUS-102P,MUS-160,MUS-162,MUS-164,MUS-180,MUS-202P,MUS-261,MUS-263,MUS-264,MUS-266,MUS-265,MUS-275,MUS-302P

EITHER a Junior Recital or a Collaborative Project (e.g., composing for film or drama) is expected during the second semester of a student's junior year.

MUS-371,MUS-372,MUS-402P,MUS-442,MUS-490

SUPPORTIVE COURSES IN MUSIC

MUS-105,MUS-119,MUS-165,MUS-205,MUS-268,MUS-285,MUS-305,MUS-318

Students should also choose 7 credit hours from the Ensembles.

MAJOR ENSEMBLES

MUS-182,MUS-192,MUS-193,MUS-194,MUS-196,MUS-198

MINOR ENSEMBLES

MUS-173,MUS-174,MUS-175,MUS-177,MUS-178,MUS-179,MUS-181,MUS-183,MUS-184,MUS-185,MUS-186,MUS-189,MUS-195,MUS-197

SECONDARY INSTRUMENT

MUS-111,MUS-112,MUS-211,MUS-212

MUSIC ELECTIVES

Students will need to choose at least 9 credit hours from the following for this major:

MUS-280,MUS-281,MUS-282,MUS-283,MUS-284,MUS-286,MUS-300

FACULTY

Whether right out of grad school or after some years in the profession, IWU professors moved to the head of the class. Was it a passion for sharing the field of their dreams? Was it a divine prompting to make students their business? Or were they looking for a place where they could teach their profession and still share a profession of faith? No doubt it was all of these.

We invite you to come to campus and ask students what they think.

Dennis Brinkman; PhD Professor; Chemistry | Assoc Dean; Physical and Applied Science dennis.brinkman@indwes.edu View Profile
David Duecker; MS, PhD Assoc Prof; Chemistry david.duecker@indwes.edu View Profile
Eric Kern; MS Asst Prof; Chemistry eric.kern@indwes.edu View Profile
John Lakanen; PhD Assoc Prof; Chemistry | Div Chair; Natural Sciences john.lakanen@indwes.edu View Profile
Benjamin Linger; PhD Assoc. Prof. Chemistry ben.linger@indwes.edu View Profile
Steven Tripp; PhD Assoc Prof; Chemistry steven.tripp@indwes.edu View Profile