Get Into the Best Music Composition Program for You

Inside Music Schools helps get you there.

Embarking on a music composition degree means learning the finer details of the greatest compositions ever made, and developing your own sound and style through study and practice. When you write your first song or composition, you are technically a composer - no matter how simple it is. But, if you live, sleep, and breathe music, take it to the next level.

Composition Programs

Majoring in music composition can take many forms. Some schools offer composition majors in limited specific genres, while others have more open-ended, genre-bending programs. Some students want to emulate their heroes in jazz and classical composition, while others hope to strike out and develop their own unique style and musical voice.

Studying music composition in college means diving into what makes certain styles sound distinct from others. From chord structure and the philosophy of melody and harmony to cultural aspects that left an impression on the music are all subjects the composition major in college must tackle.

Through a rigorous exploration of the student’s interests, career aspirations, and enrichment goals, we develop a comprehensive and personalized preparatory program of mock auditions, composition assessment, portfolio development, resume building, and simulated admissions interview strategies informed by over 40 years in the music school admissions business.

Students who know how to illustrate their passion in music school applications are more likely to succeed and be accepted to schools.. Inside Music Schools puts your aspirations and artistry up-front in the search, choice, and selection of schools so you’ll love where you end up.


With our personalized comprehensive list of composition schools in hand, and the guidance of consultant Steve Lipman, students have an increased chance of getting into the right school for them.



Where have some of our students ended up?

  • THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC
  • OBERLIN COLLEGE AND CONSERVATORY
  • UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY - BIENEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
  • NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
  • RICE UNIVERSITY - SHEPHERD SCHOOL OF MUSIC
  • BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY - JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC

This is what our students are saying

  • Juilliard Logo
    When I met Steve, I had no idea about the music education system  in the US. I am from a different nation so the education system that I see so far, is very different from the US education system..... Read More
    Cem G.
    Student / Istanbul, Turkey
  • Michele
    Steve made my dream of pursuing the right course of higher education a reality. He opened the door to countless opportunities for a successful professional career. Anyone who works with Steve in any capacity is fortunate.
    Michele Caniato
    Composer, former Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music, Fitchburg State University, MA
  • Michele
    Steve made my dream of pursuing the right course of higher education a reality. He opened the door to countless opportunities for a successful professional career. Anyone who works with Steve in any capacity is fortunate.
    Michele Caniato
    Composer, former Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music, Fitchburg State University, MA
  • Juilliard Logo
    When I met Steve, I had no idea about the music education system  in the US. I am from a different nation so the education system that I see so far, is very different from the US education system..... Read More
    Cem G.
    Student / Istanbul, Turkey
 

How Can IMS Help?

Finding the right school for you

 

We develop a comprehensive personalized list of schools that we recommend the student should consider applying to based on several factors:

  • Interest - What type of composer does the student want to be?
  • Skill Level - Our recommendations aim to be constructive environments where the student in question will thrive.
  • Career Prospects - What does the student want to do with their composition degree? Where a school is located, what types of performance venues are available, how often are student compositions played, and opportunities for publishing are all factors in identifying the right environment for success.

Three Plans to Get You There


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