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BM Music Theory/Composition

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of this degree is to provide preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in composition, and/or to prepare students who wish to teach music theory and/or composition at the university level for graduate study. To achieve this objective, the following goals have been established.

Students must demonstrate:

  • competency in musical analysis, including independent analytical thinking (as evidenced through discussion and writing).
  • ability to use the necessary tools supporting theoretical work (keyboard skills, research skills, technological skills).
  • capability of working independently to solve theoretical/compositional problems.
  • a firm grasp of compositional approaches (including an understanding of contemporary music and respective compositional techniques, knowledge of a variety of styles and media, and adequate command of notation and scoring).
  • conceptual ability to develop a composition from initial idea to finished piece.
  • a foundation in electronic/computer-informed composition.
  • evolution of an artistic identity.

Students must demonstrate their competence in meeting the above goals by developing a senior portfolio and presenting a recital of their own works.


Classes

Most Bachelor of Music students take similar courses their first two years. Below is an example.

FRESHMAN - FALL SEMESTER
UCC 101 English Composition 1 - (3)
UCC 1XX Any math except 107 or 114 - (3)
MUS 104a Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 102 Survey of Music Literature - (2)
MUS 105a Basic Harmony - (3)
MUS 030a Piano Class - (1)
MUS 140 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (2)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1)
TOTAL CREDITS 14

FRESHMAN - SPRING SEMESTER
UCC 102 English Composition 2 - (3)
SPC 101 Intro. To Oral Communication - (3)
MUS 104b Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 105b Basic Harmony - (3) 
MUS 140 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (4)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1) 
TOTAL CREDITS 15

SOPHOMORE - FALL SEMESTER
ENG 121 Western Literary Tradition - (3)
PSYC 102 Intro. to Psychology - (3)
MUS 204a Advanced Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 205a Advanced Harmony - (3)
MUS 240 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (4)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1) 
TOTAL CREDITS 15

SOPHOMORE - SPRING SEMESTER
HIST 110 20th Century America - (3)
POLS 114 Introduction to American Govt and Politics - (3)
MUS 204b Advanced Aural Skills - (1)
MUS 205b Advanced Harmony - (3)
MUS 240 Applied Music (Private Lessons) - (4)
MUS 0XX Major Ensemble (Choir, Band, or Orch) - (1)
TOTAL CREDITS 15