What does a Composer do?
The COMPOSER creates all the original music in a production, from short incidental music for specific scenes to an entire score for a musical.
Ability to read and write music | Transcription | Understanding of music theory | Collaboration
Degree in music composition and/or theory | Training | Assisting | Music Direction | Learning to play instruments
How to become a Composer
Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in music composition, as well as opportunities to showcase devised or student-made work. Broadway composers often begin as musicians themselves, transitioning to the composer role as they gain experience working with other musicians, writers, and performers. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, auditions, festival showcases, and volunteer opportunities available in their region for training and experience.
- Playbill’s “5 Questions With Wicked and Pippin Composer-Lyricist Stephen Schwartz”
- Playbill’s “Why Composers Love a Piano”
- American Theatre’s “Where Do You Learn to Write Musicals?”
- TheaterMania’s “How Musical Theater Magic Is Made, One Class at a Time”