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  
          and Jazz 3
     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


Additional Courses   
 Music Electives 8.5
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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Creative Health Conference

Creative Health Conference

The second annual Creative Health Conference is open to healthcare professionals, therapists, caregivers, and self-advocates. 

Saturday, May 30 from 9am-5pm

Corthell Hall, Gorham campus

$35 / $25

Co-presented with Maine Music & Health

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