Music Composition

Music Composition is about the process of writing and creating new pieces of music.

Studying in this area involves developing the skills required to compose music in a variety of forms.

This includes learning about music theory, musical notation, arranging, orchestration, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Musician
  • Music producer
  • Music director
  • Music publisher
  • Music teacher
  • Music journalist
  • Music critic
  • Instrument salesperson
  • Music industry executive
  • Band manager
  • School music teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

107% of national
median earnings


Employment

61%
Employed
5%
Unemployed
24%
Further study
10%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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