Towson University offers the Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in composition. At the undergraduate level, there is a choice in degrees between composition, which emphasizes creative work in the development of concert music, and composition with jazz/commercial emphasis.
While it is possible to work out a course of study that is a combination of both these perspectives, the program is designed to offer intensive study in one or the other. Students often makes a choice upon arrival, but the decision can wait several semesters and still allow time to complete course requirements.
The Bachelor of Music degree in composition emphasizes creative work in contemporary music intended for concentrated listening, often in concert hall settings, in the tradition of American concert music.
Scholarships for composition majors, ranging from a few hundred dollars to full tuition for several years, are available to selected undergraduate students. Additional information regarding scholarship auditions is included in the department's application package. Programs are available to help students obtain financial assistance. These programs include grants, loans and employment. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 410-704-4239 for further information.
The New Music Ensemble is a professional ensemble that presents concerts and recordings of new music with an emphasis on music created within three decades of each concert season. The ensemble benefits the music composition program at Towson University by sponsoring master classes and lectures by featured composers and performers, symposia related to the work of the ensemble, and opportunities for student composers to hear and record their music.