Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Composition Major (Bachelor of Music)

Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in composition leading to a Bachelor of Music degree are 56 credits plus 28 private instruction credits and ensemble participation plus 20 credits in non-music electives:

Music Courses
MUS 111Materials of Music I2
MUS 112Materials of Music II2
MUS 128Aural Skills I2
MUS 211Materials of Music III2
MUS 212Materials of Music IV2
MUS 225Aural Skills II2
MUS 226Aural Skills III2
MUS 232History of Western Music: Medieval to the Mid-19th Century4
MUS 312Counterpoint2
MUS 343Orchestration2
MUS 361World Musics4
MUS 423Critical Analysis I2
MUS 424Critical Analysis II2
MUS 425Choral Conducting I2
or MUS 427 Instrumental Conducting I
MUS 437Music Technology I2
MUS 438Music Technology II2
MUS 482Senior Recital/Project2
Contextual Studies Courses
Select two of the following:4
Contextual Studies I - Genre
Contextual Studies I - Period
Contextual Studies I - Topic
Select at least one of the following:4
Contextual Studies II - Genre
Contextual Studies II - Period
Contextual Studies II - Topic
Music Elective Courses
10 credits from music elective courses10
Non-Music Elective Courses
20 credits from non-music elective courses20
Private Instruction
28 credits of private instruction:
20 credits of private instruction in composition20
8 credits of private instruction or class piano as a minor instrument or voice8
8 semesters in ensemble 10
A senior composition recital0
Total Hours104

Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.