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Composition / Music Theory Major

48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Music Core

MUS-001

Concert/Recital Attendance (each semester)

0

MUS-101

Aural Skills I

2

MUS-102

Aural Skills II

2

MUS-103

Music Theory I

3

MUS-104

Music Theory II

3

MUS-202

Music Theory III

3

MUS-203

Music Theory IV

3

MUS-311

Music History I

3

MUS-312

Music History II

3

MUS-400

Musicology Seminar

3

Additional Requirements

MUS-301

Counterpoint

2

MUS-410

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Voice

1

MUS-411

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Strings

1

MUS-412

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Woodwinds

1

MUS-413

Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Brass and Percussion

1

MUS-494

Independent Study with a focus on musical composition for a large ensemble

1

MUSAP-130

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-230

Applied Music (2 semesters)

1

MUSAP-403

Applied Composition (0.5 cr) 4 semesters for a total of 2 cr.

2

Complete 8* credits of the following:

MUS-121

Sinfonia

1

MUS-122

Concert Band

1

MUS-123

Early Music Ensemble

1

MUS-124

Jazz Ensemble

1

MUS-125

Chamber Ensemble

1

MUS-126

Chorale

1

MUS-128

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

1

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ENG

English

3

SPA, FRE, GER

Modern Foreign Language (200-leve or above)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Fluency in analyzing tonal music
  • Knowledge of key historical periods in music, including composers, music, styles and aesthetics
  • Ability to write and research regarding music
  • Ability to compose and arrange for all acoustic instruments of the band, orchestra and chorus
  • Ability to use Finale music notation software to generate a master score and individual parts

Note: Students with music scholarships may be required to take additional semesters of applied lessons and ensembles to maintain their scholarships. These additional credits do not count toward the major.