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Music Theory and Composition

Rhythm and meter, melody and harmony, tones of shadow and light. TCU’s music theory and composition students explore these underlying principles of music. You’ll learn from five full-time faculty composers and theorists, as well as several other accomplished composers, in a highly selective program offering individual instruction and mentoring.



TCU’s Division of Music Theory/Composition offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Bachelor’s and master’s students focus on either theory or composition.

Here’s a complete list of our degree programs in music theory and composition:

The School of Music also offers a Bachelor of Arts in music and a music minor.


Admission & Auditions

For undergraduates and graduates wanting to attend the TCU School of Music, there is an admissions process. Learn more about the admission and audition requirements.


Scholarships & Assistantships

Scholarship support is available for talented undergraduate student. Assistantships that include full-tuition remission plus a stipend are available for graduate music majors.


Upchurch Studio

TCU’s Upchurch Studio for Electro-Acoustic Music enables students to acquaint themselves with new technology relevant to musical performance, analysis, composition, education and research.

For further information about TCU Music Theory/Composition, contact:
Dr. Blaise Ferrandino
Division Chair, Music Theory/Composition


Music Composition

Blaise Ferrandino, BM, MM, DMA – Division Chair
Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, BM, MM, DMA
Sean Atkinson, BM, MM, PhD
Martin Blessinger, BM, MM, DM
Till MacIvor Meyn, BM, MM, DMA

Music Theory

Blaise Ferrandino, BM, MM, DMA – Division Chair
Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, BM, MM, DMA
Sean Atkinson, BM, MM, PhD
Juan Chaves, BM, MM
Martin Blessinger, BM, MM, DM
Joey Carter, BM, MM
Trey Gunter, BME, MM
Guillermo Martinez, BM, MM
Till MacIvor Meyn, BM, MM, DMA
Richard Murrow, BME, MM
Uriah Rinzel, BM, MM, DMA
Amy Pummill Stewart, BM, MM, DMA

Throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to perform your own compositions and those of fellow students and present your work in a professional setting at student composer concerts. Participate in master classes, private lessons and open rehearsals with such guest composers as John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon and John Mackey.

A degree in music theory/composition opens doors to a wide variety of graduate programs and careers, including composing, arranging, performing, and music instruction at all levels of education.

Your faculty advisor will work with you to choose the right combination of courses and mentor you so you can reach your goals.

Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career consultant to learn more about everything Career Services has to offer music majors.

Career Preparation