School of Music
BM in Composition
This degree concentration is designed for those who wish to prepare for a career in music composition and those who plan to do graduate work in composition. The program aims to instill students with a thorough understanding of both traditional and contemporary compositional tools and prompts students to engage in the discourse surrounding the making of new music in our society. Private lessons, participation in the USM Composers Ensemble, regular composition and performance of new works, and classes in counterpoint and analysis are emphasized.
The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.
|Music Theory and Aural Skills 22 credits|
|MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1||4|
|MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 2||4|
|MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 3||4|
|MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 4||4|
|MUS 330 Form and Analysis||3|
|MUS 332 Counterpoint||3|
|Music History 14 credits|
|MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music|
|MUH 222 Music History Survey 1||3|
|MUH 223 Music History Survey 2||3|
|MUS 220 Twentieth-Century Music or MUS 320 Seminar in Music History||3|
|MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument (Composition)||2|
|Functional Piano 4 credits|
|MUS 150 Piano Class 1||1|
|MUS 151 Piano Class 2||1|
|MUS 250 Piano Class 3||1|
|MUS 251 Piano Class 4||1|
|Conducting 4 credits|
|MUS 244 Basic Conducting||2|
|MUE 313 Instrumental Conducting||2|
|Applied Music 27 credits|
|Private Lessons in Composition (8 semesters)||24|
|MUP 390 Junior Recital||0|
|MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital||3|
|MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters - must have compositions performed in 4 semesters)||0|
|Ensemble Requirements 4.5 credits|
|Major Ensemble (2 semesters)||1|
|University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band|
|or University Orchestra|
|MUS 406 Composer's Ensemble (7 semesters)||3.5|
|University Core Curriculum and Non-Music Electives||36|
Admission to all degree programs in music is based on the following criteria:
- Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument or portfolio review.
- Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
- A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.
Auditions for Community Area Musicians
Youth vocalists, Southern Maine Children's Choir (treble voices grades 4 and up) and Southern Maine Youth Chorale (middle/high school mixed voices) will hold auditions on Wednesday, September 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Schedule online.
Adult musicians, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. More information.