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The composition program at the bART provides students the opportunity to realize the music that they imagine. All styles and genres are encouraged! Students will learn about various methods of notation, current/past trends in music composition, and developing a greater proficiency of integrating technology in their art. The goal at the end of the course is that students will be able to create an artifact of their musical imagination – be it an audio track, a score, a video, or structured improvisation. Each class will consist of individual work time, guest lectures, and presentations from the composition faculty. At the end of every semester, students are encouraged to share their work at a school-wide performance in addition to other performances organized throughout the local community. It is recommended that students have at least 1 year of experience learning an instrument prior to the course.

Students from the bART Composition program have their music performed regularly around Oklahoma and beyond, and are prepared to succeed in a variety of settings, from personal project performances and recordings to college applications and nationally competitive workshops, based on each student’s aspirations.

bART students have had their music performed through end of semester recitals, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra’s Recognition concerts, The University of Oklahoma’s Composition Workshop, Living Arts of Tulsa and music series like The Tulsa PAC’s Brown Bag It, Tulsa Historical Society’s Music at the Mansion, and St John’s Music at Midday. bART students have successfully participated in nationally competitive workshops like Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest and Lunalab at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, and won prizes in competitions like OMTA/MTNA (state, regional, and national), and TU’s Bela Rozsa composition competition. bART students have also been accepted to nationally competitive college composition programs with financial aid at The New England Conservatory (Boston), Rice University (Houston), and The University of North Texas (Denton), and locally at The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Tulsa.

Financial aid is available; please fill out this form.

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