Bachelor of Music: Music Composition

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The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Composition offers composers professional training for a variety of career paths. The composition program is nationally accredited and recognized for its inclusive environment that fosters academic growth and creative development through classes in composition, counterpoint, orchestration, arranging, music technology, and film scoring. We’ll give you the tools you need to experiment and grow!

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Curriculum & Requirements

Music Composition Option, Bachelor of Music (BM)

A program with a liberal arts orientation designed to prepare students for teaching at the college level, the composition and presentation of concert music, careers in film scoring and theater/dance work. This course of study presupposes that the student will have a strong background in musical performance. Entry into this degree program is by departmental interview and with the consent of the head of composition studies.

Grade Requirement for all majors offered by the Music Department: the minimum acceptable grade for any music course required for graduation (including transferred music courses) is ≥C.

Required Non-Credit Music Components
CONVOCATION AND RECITAL ATTENDANCE (must be repeated each term)
Junior Recital
Piano Proficiency
Required Music Composition Courses
MUSC 101
MUSC 102
MUSC 103
MUSIC THEORY I
and MUSIC THEORY II
and MUSIC THEORY III
9
MUSC 104
MUSC 105
MUSC 106
SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS
and SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS II
and SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS III
3
MUSC 121
MUSC 122
PIANO CLASS II FOR MAJORS
and PIANO CLASS III FOR MAJORS
2
MUSC 201
MUSC 202
MUSC 203
MUSIC THEORY IV
and MUSIC THEORY V
and MUSIC THEORY VI
9
MUSC 204
MUSC 205
SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS IV
and SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS V
2
MUSC 209COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES2
MUSC 250
MUSC 251
MUSC 252
MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE I
and MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE II
and MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE III
12
MUSC 305COUNTERPOINT2
MUSC 310CHORAL CONDUCTING2
MUSC 357MUSIC IN DIVERSE CULTURES3
MUSC 401ADVANCED ANALYSIS2
MUSC 409COMPOSITION1-5
MUSC 470SENIOR RECITAL1-5
Applied Music Requirements–must be repeated12
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE
INSTRUCTION ON VOICE OR INSTRUMENT
INSTRUCTION ON VOICE OR INSTRUMENT
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE
Major Music Ensemble Requirements–must be repeated12
WIND ENSEMBLE
SYMPHONIC BAND
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONIC CHOIR
CONCERT CHOIR
Music Electives at the 300- or 400-level6
Required Senior Capstone/Thesis
MUSC 491MUSIC SENIOR THESIS4
Total Credits84-92

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