Music Composition


Music composition is the art of creating music. Composers put together everything from melodies to lyrics to create beautiful pieces.

The Major in Composition program at McGill will provide you with a solid grounding in the basics of classical music composition for instruments and voices, with or without electronics.

You will participate in lecture courses and tutorials, along with private lessons in your final two years. The study of topics related to music theory will help to hone your compositional technique, while the study of topics related to music history helps to develops your critical thinking skills.


The theoretical and practical musical skills you will get out of your degree can be applicable to a range of careers. You could work as a full-time composer or opt to work in related areas such as music education and performance.

You could become a professional:

  • Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Concert and stage composer
  • Film composer
  • Music instructor
  • Music editor

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Schulich School of Music.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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