Undergraduate composition students may elect to follow two parallel Bachelor of Music programs of study at the Eastman School: the BM degree majoring in Composition or the BM degree majoring in Musical Arts with a concentration in Composition. The latter program allows for greater flexibility in course electives and is recommended for those composers who have intellectual interests and passions that complement their compositional activities.
A double degree program is available for students with considerable experience and talent in both composition and another field, such as performance or an academic subject. In addition to the many interesting and demanding academic courses offered by the Humanities, Musicology, Theory and Music Teaching and Learning Departments of the Eastman School, the University of Rochester, of which the Eastman School is but a part, offers composition students an extensive array of courses and programs of study from Mathematics and Physics to Religion and Classics. The University’s own Music Department complements the professional focus of the Eastman School by offering music courses for university students taking a BA degree.
The Take Five Scholars Program administered by the University allows students to take extra time to explore another department, or even another division of the University of Rochester.