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.

 Credits
Music Theory and Aural Skills 22 credits 
     MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 14
     MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 24
     MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 34
     MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 44
MUS 330 Form and Analysis3
MUS 332 Counterpoint3
Music History 14 credits 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music 
          and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
     MUS 220 Twentieth-Century Music or MUS 320 Seminar in Music History3
     MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument (Composition)2
Functional Piano 4 credits 
     MUS 150 Piano Class 11
     MUS 151 Piano Class 21
     MUS 250 Piano Class 31
     MUS 251 Piano Class 41
Conducting  4 credits 
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting2
     MUE 313 Instrumental Conducting2
Applied Music 27 credits 
     Private Lessons  in Composition (8 semesters)24
     MUP 390 Junior Recital0
     MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital3
     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

 

Additional Courses  
 Music Electives8.5
  
University Core Curriculum and Non-Music Electives 36

Admission to all degree programs in music is based on the following criteria:

  1. Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument or portfolio review.
  2. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
  3. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.

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