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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Composition Major, BM

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Bachelor of music in composition is intended for students whose primary interest is in composition and for those who intend to pursue graduate work in music theory or composition. Audition requirement: Submit 2 or 3 short contrasting compositions and demonstrate proficiency on a primary instrument. (Formal declaration of a major in composition cannot occur until the end of the first-year theory sequence 146 and 146A with the grade of at least a B- in all theory courses, completion of MUS 120, and permission of instructor.) Transfer students may bypass MUS 120 with permission based upon composition knowledge, submissions, and sufficient audition on primary instrument. It will normally take transfer students three years to compete the degree requirements. UNIV 101 for music major - Gen Ed. requirement (not in degree program).

BM Composition Core Requirements

Music Theory - Credits: (21)

Students must pass an online fundamental exam with 75% ($10 fee) or take and pass (75%) an online fundamental course ($99 fee) to enroll in MUS 144. Students must take a placement exam to waive any of the following courses. Concurrent enrollment of the following is required: (MUS 144, 144A, 152A), (MUS 145, 145A, 153A) and (MUS 146, 146A, 154A). A grade of C or better is required in both the written and aural components to continue in the theory sequence.

Class Piano - Credits: (3)

A waiver of this requirement can be obtained by demonstrating sufficient keyboard skills to designated piano faculty members.

Ensemble - Credits: (20)

Large Ensembles Credits (14-16)

Only the following are designated as large ensembles: MUS 267-467 (Choir), MUS 268-468 (Chamber Choir), MUS 266-466 (Wind Ensemble), MUS 277-477 (Orchestra), MUS 287-487 (Marching and Concert Band-fall quarter only) and MUS 288-488 (Symphonic Band).

Chamber Ensembles (4-6)

Applied Music - Credits: (13)

  • Individual Instruction Credits: (12) - MUS 164, 264, and 364 (at least 2 credits of 364 are required)
  • Credits: (1) (Must be concurrently enrolled in 364)

Upper-division Music Theory - Credits: (21)

Conducting - Credits: (6)

Total Core Credits: 95

Required Courses

Music Composition - Credits: (24)

Secondary Applied Area (Keyboard) - Credits: (4)

Additional Courses - Credits: (5)

  • Music Electives Credits: (2)

Total Required Course Credits: 33

Total Credits: 128

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