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Career Profile: Composer

Making beautiful sound is one of humankind’s particular trait.

This is a musically-related career. A composer creates and composes music. In another word, a Composer is a person who writes Music. Music can be required for many kinds of places. A composer may compose music for choral groups, bands or orchestras.

Composers are artistically-inclined in a musical sense. Their work involve transcribing and recording musical ideas into notes. They must be able to create musical and tonal structure. This is a career that is very much dependent and based on the talent of the person.

A composer should have good knowledge of music theory. Famous past composers include people like Lugwig Van Beethoven, J S Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau.


  1. To be composer is something more than just someone with good knowledge about past authors because modern music is not like the classics. I would even say that taking solutions from the classics is like shooting into own foot. Those are the examples of the past, great past, but now we have different times and different things to say.

  2. admin admin

    Hi Jason,

    Thank you so much for sharing with us valuable insights about being a composer.

    Really appreciate it.

  3. Zach Endress Zach Endress

    I am still in high school i graduate in may of this year and would really like to be a composer, do you have any suggestions of where i could go to colledge to learn and get a degree for it???

  4. Francine Grattan Francine Grattan

    Hey Zach,
    I hope this isn’t too late.
    I’m also a high school senior looking towards music. My plan is to go to the University of North Texas for their Music Education program, but I think their whole music department will be excellent. It is, however, the largest in the nation, with 1600 people in the music school alone. In the entire university, there are more than 35,000 people. It’s located in Denton, Texas, which is reasonably close to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Tuition is reasonable with in-state rates, which you can get even if you’re an out-of-state student as long as you get at least $1,000 in scholarships from UNT. As soon as you do, your tuition is automatically dropped to about half of what it would be for out-of-state students.

    My sister went to Lawrence University of Appleton, Wisconsin, and she had an excellent time in the Conservatory there. It’s rather cold though, with snow on the ground for most of the year. The buildings are underground to battle the cold, and the town is small. But the environment is cozy and nice, and if you’re looking for a smaller environment, that may be a good place to look at.

    In Washington State, I’ve heard the Central Washington University is a pretty good music school, though it’s in the middle of nowhere in Ellensburg, Washington. There’s also Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, which is a beautiful campus only about half an hour to 45 minutes away from the Canadian border. The PAC, or performing arts center, is multiple storys tall, with two or three of them underground. It is absoutely gorgeous in late July/early August during the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival.

    I also applied to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, which has a great program; and the University of Northern Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. That last one is a nice-looking school for music, but it smelled something awful there of cow food and waste. But the people are quite nice!

    If you have any more questions, please let me know. I hope I helped some!

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