Composition & Theory

In these programs, students study with composers who are significant figures in the musical life of Boston. Performance opportunities are combined with comprehensive training in music theory, counterpoint, harmony, orchestration, and contemporary techniques. At the weekly Composer’s Forum students interact with visiting composers and present their own music. The electronic and computer music studio contains state-of-the-art software and equipment. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Unique Opportunities

Center for New Music: The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts seeks to continue its tradition of promoting new music with the Boston University Center for New Music. This center, located at the heart of a thriving music school, seeks to enhance the presence of cutting-edge music within the curriculum while encouraging awareness of new music within the BU arts community. To widen the conversation among the greater University, the center hosts lectures, demonstrations, and performances that are open to the public, providing a forum for broader interdisciplinary involvement. To that end, the center also hosts several institutional collaborations and selected concerts presented at off-campus venues.

Faculty Members

Notable Graduates

Recent graduates are teaching in music schools and universities throughout the world. They are recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, Fulbright Grants, the Prix de Rome, as well as ASCAP and NACUSA prizes.