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Developing Whole Leaders for the whole World

Bachelor of Music in
Music Composition and Film Scoring


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Composition program empowers you to express and develop your creative talents and abilities. As you are challenged to continuously grow in aptitude, you’ll amplify the unique expression and understanding of your role as a Spirit-empowered artist in today’s world!

You will have the opportunity to choose one of three concentrated areas. The Composition Emphasis provides focus on the organization of musical ideas into a logical and homogenous form. You will engage in musical craftsmanship to create original small forms in classical chamber music and jazz. Styles and techniques of 20th century music will be explored. Several semester projects will allow you to compose pieces using as least three instruments with applied techniques. 

The Music Production Emphasis engages you in an in-depth study of concepts, equipment and techniques in the modern electronic music studio. You will explore most aspects of MIDI as well as music software, current trends, power user techniques, hardware, notation, sequencing, film scoring and much more. 

With the Film Scoring Emphasis, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to create original music to accompany film, video games, commercial, and digital media. Practical instruction includes music theory, history, and fundamental compositional mastery. You will gain experience through Orchestration for Film and opportunities to score student film projects.

More than this, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education can set you apart as an inspirational music professional to impact the world. Now, more than ever, your God-given talents are needed as an artist and inspiring creator!

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to immerse yourself in the inspirational world of music. You will be prepared to touch the lives of your audience and make a difference for the higher good.

What can I do with a B.M. degree in Music Composition from ORU?

You can enjoy a successful and creative career in:   

  • Private Music Studios
  • Performing in Professional Music Organizations
  • Teaching
  • Church Music Ministry
  • Film Industry
  • Video Gaming
  • Record Companies
  • And More!

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Music Theory
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Classic Piano/Voice
  • Composition/Form and Analysis
  • Brass/Percussion Methods
  • Woodwind/String Methods
  • Music Technology Internship
  • Conducting and much more!

What makes ORU’s B.M. in Music Composition program stand out?

The structure of the degree stimulates an appreciation and love for music through the study of various disciplines. Music is a socializing force and you will develop a compassionate understanding of yourself and your environment through self-expression.

 Also, ORU became an All Steinway School in Spring 2011.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). And the ORU Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). And ORU is an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved university.

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship.


Admission to the music program requires an audition with the music department. Students must first apply and be admitted to the university prior to auditioning. Please contact the Admissions Team for more information at or 918.495.6518.

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