“Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.”
— Igor Stravinsky

Welcome to the information page for composition studies at the UNC Community School.

The 12 week semester begins the week of September 7th. Please refer to the calendar for cancelled class dates.

Composition class meets  in Room 1206 Kenan Music Building (125 South Columbia Street) on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

For more information about group and private lessons in the UNC Community Music School, see our Group/Private Lessons page. To register for courses, visit our Registration Page.


  • Exploring the tools and craft of composition as students practice informed listening, score analysis, composing, and performing new pieces. Topics will include designing compositional shapes, elements of tension and release, musical texture, foreground and background, allowing music to breathe, color and orchestration, communicating with performers and audiences. Each student will write at least one new piece this semester and have it presented. Students will write solo and/or chamber music, moving beyond their own instrument.
  • Ages: 13–adult
  • Class times: Saturday 11:00–11:55AM.
  • Prerequisites: A basic working vocabulary of music theory; ability to read at least two clefs. Proficiency on at least one instrument (including voice) preferred.
  • Tuition: $330