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B.M. Composition/Theory

Bachelor of Music - Composition & Theory

The B.M. Composition-Theory major requires a minimum of 130 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 130 hours.

Plan of Study

Notes on the plan of study for Composition & Theory: 

Piano proficiency credit hours appear in the plan of study as zero (0). If a student passes the piano proficiency examination the total credit hours per semester would be zero, so these courses are not included in final degree totals. If the proficiency is not passed, add one (1) credit hour per semester for the required piano course. 

** MUS HIS 1020 may substitute for the Fine Arts requirements for all music majors, 3 hours in the Liberal Arts Core, Category 3A.

*** 12 credit hours of 3000-level applied courses are required.

For a complete updated listing of courses in the Composition & Theory degree program, click here and scroll to B.M. Composition & Theory plan.

Additional Requirements

  1. Senior Project: In the last semester before graduation, the student must have completed a large work for orchestra or wind symphony (or some other option with the consent of the composition faculty). The work will be given a reading, the date of which is to be determined by the director of the ensemble. The director shall also dictate the date of delivery for the score and parts. The student will prepare the score and parts using an industry standard computer notation/printing program such as Finale or Nightingale.
  2. Majors are expected to present regular performances of their pieces on the Student Composers Concert series (minimum of six performances).
  3. Majors must have a grade of B or better in Analysis before they can take 18th Century Counterpoint.