BM in Composition

Applied Music
Select one of the following options:20
Option A:
Chief performing medium (piano, organ) - 16 credit hours
Other performing medium - 4 credit hours
Option B:
Chief performing medium (non keybd.) 8 credit hours
Keyboard performing medium - 8 credit hours
Other performing media - 4 credit hours
General Music
MUSC 127
MUSC 129
Theory I
and Aural Skills I
MUSC 128
MUSC 130
Theory II
and Aural Skills II
MUSC 227
MUSC 229
Theory III
and Aural Skills III
MUSC 228
MUSC 230
Theory IV
and Aural Skills IV
MUSC 259Introduction to Music Composition2
MUSC 260Beginning Music Composition2
MUSC 523Form And Analysis2
MUSC 531Introduction to Electronic Music2
MUSC 560Applied Composition2
MUSC 56118th Century Counterpoint2
MUSC 641Orchestration2
MUSC 660Applied Composition2
MUSC 671Chromatic Harmony2
MUSC 672Contemporary Techniques2
History and Literature of Music
MUSC 113Introduction to Music Literature3
MUSC 334History of Music I3
MUSC 335History of Music II3
Select one of the following:3
3 credit hours of upper-division electives in music history or literature
World Music
MUSP 307Instrumental Conducting2
or MUSP 308 Choral Conducting
MUSP 651Advanced Conducting and Score Reading2
or MUSP 691 Advanced Choral Conducting
Ensembles 1, 28-10
Recital Attendance
MUSP 105Recital Attendance (four smstr.)0
Senior Recital
MUSP 400Senior Recital1
Total Credit Hours81-83

See degree check sheets for specified ensembles.


Ensembles are counted by semester.

Composition majors are required to present for public performance a selection of their compositions representing large and small forms, totaling a minimum of 20 minutes. Students must submit completed scores representing a majority of the program to an examining committee the semester prior to that of the proposed recital; the examining committee shall determine the acceptability of the program. The composition or compositions must be submitted in a minimum of two copies done manually in ink or by laser printing using an approved music typesetting computer program. These copies must represent a high quality of manuscript technique or music typesetting. In addition, students may elect to present a second recital in their chief performing medium with the permission of their applied music instructor and achievement of junior proficiency in that instrument.

Note: All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination.