Bachelor's Degree in Composition

Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music

Degree Description

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University offers a Bachelor of Music Degree which you may tailor to suit your talents and professional goals by choosing a concentration in performance, composition or music education through applied studies of your chosen instrument, ensemble performance, music theory, history, literature and current trends.

Do you spend your free time writing music? Then you should pursue the Bachelor of Music Degree Composition Concentration! You can choose from tracks in piano and band, piano and choral, vocal, and winds or percussion. The courses in this program will teach you how to compose music for an array of performances, from symphonies to operas!

Why Study Composition at Lamar?

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, your Bachelor of Music Degree Composition Concentration in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music fully immerses you in the cultural study of music, composition, performance techniques, education, history, and more. Here, you can sing in a chorus, go to a live performance, compose an original piece, enjoy music of various genres and play your instruments, all while refining your natural gifts and talents. Surrounded by artistic institutions throughout our area, we strongly encourage you to participate in Southeast Texas’ cultural life.

Some of our regional ensembles include the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society, Beaumont Community Players, Beaumont Ballet Theatre and the Beaumont Civic Ballet. Other opportunities lie in our rich variety of religious institutions, live music venues and community theatre companies, to name a few, that are always willing to have LU music students as performers - and some of those pay scholarships or stipends. Southeast Texas is an ideal place to study music in all its forms. 

Watch the faculty interview with Department Chair Brian Shook to learn more about the Department of Music.

Career Paths

As a composition major, you have many options open to you upon graduation, depending on the areas in which you network and perform during your studies; we highly recommend further graduate and even postgraduate study to take you to the heights of your career as a professional composer. 


Primary Careers

Composer, Songwriter, Music manager