Students in the Bachelor of Music in Composition degree program undergo intense, professional training in all facets of composition. Each student has a weekly private lesson and also participates in the Composition Studio Class, which meets weekly to discuss topics in the field of composition and contemporary music. Each semester, the studio presents a student-produced recital where works completed that term is performed and recorded at a public concert. All composition majors continue to study their major instrument and are expected to perform at a very high level. The philosophy of the University of Redlands Composition Studio embraces and promotes a high level of musicianship, stylistic diversity, technical proficiency, musical sensitivity, aesthetic engagement, and creating a positive, supportive space for musical growth.
Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:
MUS 438 Composition-12 credits
MUAP 300–399 Private Instruction on the Major Instrument or Voice-8 credits
MUS 208 Computer Music-4 credits
MUS 299 Upper Division Qualifying Examination-0 credits
MUS 354 Counterpoint-4 credits
MUS 356 Orchestration-4 credits
MUS 399A Junior Recital-0 credits
MUS 406 Twentieth-Century Music Literature-4 credits
MUS 498A Full Senior Recital-0 credits
Appropriate conducted ensemble-8 credits
Chamber Ensemble-4 credits
Application Checklist - First-Year Student
The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
$50 application fee
Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report
One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability
Students whose native language is not English, cannot apply test-optional and may meet English proficiency by providing one of the following scores:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550 paper based
IELTS minimum 6.5
iTEP minimum 3.9
Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum 105
Graduation from a secondary school in which the primary language of instruction is English
Certificate of Finances and proof of financial support
Uploaded videos should include an introduction and answer the question "Why do you want to attend the University of Redlands?”
Before beginning your performance, introduce the title of your piece(s) and the name of the composer
Video auditions can be uploaded on your application status page once you have submitted the Common Application
How to Apply
We encourage you to learn more about the School of Music programs by connecting with the Director of Music Admissions or a faculty member prior to applying for admission.
To be admitted to the School of Music undergraduate programs, you must also be admitted to the University of Redlands.
In addition to filing The Common Application, a Music Application and audition are required. The School of Music can only inform you of your audition results or scholarship recommendation after you have been officially admitted to the University of Redlands.
The University of Redlands offers Early Decision (Nov. 15), Early Action (Nov. 15), and Regular Decision (Jan. 15). The Transfer deadline for the fall priority decision is March 1. Applications submitted beyond these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis. The application deadline for spring admission is November 1.
Auditions are required of all students who are planning to major or minor in music.
Auditions for spring and fall 2021 will be by video only. Once you submit your video audition you will be able to schedule an interview with our faculty.
The deadline for spring applicants is December 1st.
The deadline for fall applicants is March 1st.
Anyone wishing to participate in an ensemble while pursuing a major other than music is invited to apply and audition for a talent scholarship. Applicants interested in this opportunity should choose the Ensemble Only option on the music application.
Applicants must refer to the audition requirements for their primary instrument.
Video auditions should include:
An introduction of yourself
Answer the question "Why do you want to attend the University of Redlands?"
Announce the title of your piece and the name of your composer before performing each of your two selections