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Composition for Stage and Screen, BM

Music is the background of modern life — and not just in movies and shows. Musical composers work in concert halls, schools, advertising agencies and production studios, among other places, and they need to know the very mechanics of music in order to create songs on a tight deadline.

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Program Intro

In CBU's Composition for Stage and Screen program, students compose music in advanced production studios and learn from stylistically versatile faculty who are composers themselves. The CBU Collinsworth School of Performing Arts provides a unique and nurturing environment for future composers to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the world market.

88 Units

*86-88 units

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26 Soundproof Practice Rooms on Campus
51 Grand Pianos on Campus

Why Study Composition for Stage and Screen at CBU?

Aim for excellence

In every class, every rehearsal, every performance, students are held to higher standards that will encourage them to develop and expand their God-given gifts and ultimately share them with others.

Practice a contemporary conservatory style

CBU's music classroom style is often referred to as conservatory — intimate, challenging and rigorous. But unlike typical music conservatories that preserve the past with a traditional repertoire, CBU's music is forward-looking to engage both musicians and audiences in the contemporary enjoyment of the art. 

Use state-of-the-art technology

CBU music students work hands-on with the latest music technology on both their personal Macbook Pro computers and in computer labs and classrooms located within the state-of-the-art Hawkins Music Building. Software for professional and audio production, sequencing and publishing quality notation are used each day in many of the core music courses.

What You'll Learn

Students in CBU's composition for stage and screen bachelor's program will learn:

Program Details

MUS 253: Introduction to Music Composition

Composing for a variety of instruments and/or voices. Intended as an introduction to various techniques and styles of composition and particular concerns of each.

MUS 386: Audio Recording and Studio Techniques I

Introduction to analog and digital audio recording and ProTools recording software.

MUS 472: Orchestration

A study of the orchestral instruments; scoring for full orchestration or small ensembles. Students do extensive work in the computer lab working with notation software.

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Glenn Pickett, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

Office Phone: 951-343-4500
Office Location: Hawkins 217

Greg Johnson

I feel very blessed that the thing that I love to do most in life also happens to be the thing that I am best at and am fortunate enough to make my living doing.

Greg Johnson '08
TV and Film Composer (Netflix, Roku, FIFA World Cup)

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Braden Sapp

I grew up in a musical family and always knew I wanted to participate in music in some capacity. The professors here are really great people who want to be more than just someone who grades you. They really care about your education.

Braden Sapp '19

McKenna Sessions

I love music and am passionate about it. The program here helps you not only strengthen your skills but also helps with your spiritual walk.

McKenna Sessions '21

Mayu Fukasawa

I chose to major in music because it's something I really love to do and I realized I'd like to keep doing it for the rest of my life. I like the program at CBU because I have so many opportunities to perform. It's helped me get used to performing a lot.

Mayu Fukasawa '19

Career Possibilities

Composition for stage and screen majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Music Director
  • Musician
  • Songwriter

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