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Theory and Composition

The following degrees are available in Composition:  Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition/Arranging, Master of Music in Composition, Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is the only doctoral-degree-granting music institution in the state of Tennessee.

Composition students have the opportunity of having works performed by the major ensembles of the School, including the University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and University Singers, in addition to the 10-15 player ensemble, Contemporary Chamber Players.  The Composition Division normally hosts two national/international guest composers each year. Their works are performed by the Contemporary Chamber Players, along with workshops for the student composers.

There are a full array of theory courses offered on the undergraduate and graduate level, from the standard four-semester undergraduate sequence to upper division analysis courses, to graduate courses covering all aspects of analytical processes and specialty composer oriented analysis courses.

For more information on Theory and Composition, contact Michelle Vigneau at


Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music
The University of Memphis
Music Building, Room 123
3775 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152-3160



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