This curriculum permits a concentration in the compositional aspects of music in addition to promoting sound musicianship and a broadly based background in the liberal arts. Candidates in composition are reviewed each semester to determine sufficient progress within the degree. At the end of the sophomore year, students must be approved for upper-level study by the department. Candidates whose progress is determined to be insufficient will not be permitted to continue in the Bachelor of Music degree program. Composition majors must be enrolled in composition each semester they are on campus.

Culminating Experience: During the senior year, composition majors must present a full public recital in fulfillment of the culminating experience requirement. This recital demonstrates a student's knowledge of musical form, harmonic structures, notation, instrumentation, use of technology, writing for voice, and ability to schedule and rehearse musicians. Composition majors are expected to have overseen several successful performances of their original work prior to presenting the senior recital.

Thirty-two full academic course credits are required for graduation, distributed as follows.


Courses other than Music:
Core College Curriculum courses and electives

13

 

Courses in Music:
MUSC 200, 201, 202, 203, 209, 210, 249 or another course
in world music, 252, 253, 259, 350 a, b, c, d (studies in composition),
plus two music electives

16

 

Courses in Solo Performance (Private Lessons):
6 semesters at .50 credit per semester

3

 

Other Requirements

Ensembles
Senior Recital
Recital Attendance
Functional Keyboard
E-portfolio

Total Number of Credits:

32

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