MM - Composition Concentration

Admission to this area requires a Bachelor of Music with a major in composition or the demonstrated equivalent. Background deficiencies must be satisfied before students may enroll in graduate composition courses. Applicants also must submit a portfolio including pieces—scores and live recordings (when appropriate)—demonstrating a variety of contemporary techniques, form and instrumentation. Approval for admission to candidacy is contingent upon the candidate’s demonstrated ability to complete a final project in composition.

Program Requirements

In addition to the core requirements for all MM programs, students must complete the coursework listed below. The program requires a total of 32 hours.

Core Required for all MM Concentrations
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours of the following in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Courses Required for Concentration
Electives
Select music or nonmusic courses 500 or above; may include applied lessons, ensembles, languages, etc. Courses must be approved by the faculty advisor10
Other Requirements
MUSC 840ASeminar in the Techniques of Composition2
or MUSC 840B Seminar in the Techniques of Composition
MUSC 860Advanced Composition (Need four credits total)4
MUSC 875Thesis Research2
MUSC 876Thesis2
Total Credit Hours32

In addition, students must complete a terminal project which must consist of the following:

  1. A composition of major proportions, or
  2. A body of works in various media.

Composition majors may be required by the thesis committee to have a work or works performed publicly. The final thesis must be notated using computer software and submitted digitally in keeping with the procedures established through the Graduate School of Wichita State University.