Music Composition

Develop your composition skills and style at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

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Study music composition at The University of Adelaide

As a music composition student at The University of Adelaide, you will study a range of techniques and styles for composition, developing your own compositional voice. Become technically equipped and acquire mastery of the craft of composition in both classical and contemporary music.

As a music composition student you will:

  • Study form, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, notation and text setting
  • Learn how to project a creative idea clearly to your audience
  • Discover your own compositional voice
  • Explore a broad and diverse range of musical repertoires and genres
  • Develop the practical aspects of composition such as notation, score presentation, use of instrumental and vocal resources, orchestration and music technology
  • Gain an understanding of the realities and expectations of a career in creative music-making.

Established in 1883, The Elder Conservatorium of Music at The University of Adelaide is the oldest tertiary music school in Australia and one of the country’s leading music institutions. As a Music Composition graduate you will be well equipped to pursue a career in composition whilst bringing your passion for music to life.

Career Pathways

  • Composer
  • Entertainer
  • TV/film score composer
  • Music critic
  • Music researcher
  • Music tutor
  • Recording artist
  • Songwriter

How can I study music composition?

* Note: entrance into the Bachelor of Music (Composition) is by audition.

Composition student Aaron Pelle
"Studying at the Elder Conservatorium of Music gave me the chance to be able to study the craft of music with access to excellent resources, with like-minded students and teachers in an academic environment and confirmed my desire to continue in this creative field."Aaron Pelle