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Music Composition

AREA: Music/Composition Option 

Bachelor of Music Degree

University Studies Requirements - 35 hrs

(equiv. to BM Performance Option) 

Required Music Courses - 75 hrs

MUS 098 Recital Attendance and Assembly 0

MUS 099 Transitions 1

MUS 114-119  Applied Lesson (two semesters at two credits per semester) 4

MUS 170 Theory I 3

MUS 171 Aural Skills I 1

MUS 172 Functional Keyboard I 1

MUS 173 Theory II 3

MUS 174 Aural Skills II 1

MUS 175 Functional Keyboard II 1

MUS 214-219  Applied Lesson (two semesters at two credits per semester) 4

MUS 240 Introduction to Composition 3

MUS 241 Composition Level I (two semesters at three credits per semester) 6

MUS 270 Theory III 3

MUS 271 Aural Skills III 1

MUS 272 Functional Keyboard III 1

MUS 273 Theory IV 3

MUS 274 Aural Skills IV 1

MUS 275 Functional Keyboard IV 1

MUS 323 Basic Conducting 2

MUS 327 Arranging Techniques 2

MUS 341 Composition Level II (two semesters at three credits per semester) 6

MUS 381 Music History and Literature I 3

MUS 382 Music History and Literature II 3

MUS 383 Music History and Literature III 3

MUS 427 Advanced Arranging and Orchestration 2

MUS 441 Composition Level III (two semesters at three credits per) 6

MUS 490 Senior Seminar 1

MUS 498 Senior Recital 0

MUS 511 Analysis of Contemporary Music 3

MUS 512 Counterpoint 3

MUS 513 Form and Analysis 3

Ensembles (four semesters at one credit each) - 4 hrs

Concurrent with each semester of applied study, students are required to enroll in a performing ensemble involving a student’s applied major area with the approval of the ensemble director.  All four of the required semesters must be in a major ensemble (symphonic band, marching band, wind ensemble, orchestra, university chorale, or concert choir).  

Electives - 6 hrs

Electives from the following:

MUS 131 Percussion Methods 1

MUS 132 Woodwind Methods 1

MUS 133 String Methods 1

MUS 134 Voice Methods 1

MUS 135 Brass Methods 1

MUS 313 Introduction to Music Synthesis (can count no more than twice) 1

MUS 423 Instrumental Conducting 2

MUS 424 Choral Conducting 2

MUS 510 Pedagogy of Theory 2

Total Curriculum Requirements - 120 hrs


Students will begin music study in the BA/BS in Music.  Official application for composition program will be made at the end of a student’s 2nd semester.  Students may be admitted into the program for the start of their sophomore year.  

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