Many people do not start pursuing composition until late in their music studies. Students who enjoy improvising or learning about how music is put together may be composers. If this is you, the best way to start pursuing writing music is through a music theory course. Illinois State has an honors music theory track that incorporates several composition assignments into the curriculum. Students may also wish to take MUS 220 (Analysis Through Composition) or MUS 205.01 (group composition lessons) their sophomore year.