2019-20 Catalogs

BM in Performance - 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 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
     MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
     MUT 332 Counterpoint3
Music History 12 credits 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music 
          and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23

     MUH 220 Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Music
or  MUH 320 Seminar in Music History

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 252 Choral Conducting  or  MUE 313 Instrumental Conducting2
Applied Music 27 credits 
     MUP 203 Composition (6 semesters)18
     MUP 202  (3 semesters)6
       Applied Lessons on choice of instrument 

     MUS 442 Recital Class  (8 semesters)

       (must have compositions performed in 4 semesters) 
     MUP 490 Capstone:  Senior Recital3
Bachelor of Music Composition students must pass a juried proficiency examination in their applied area; this exam will be graded pass/fail. 


Ensemble Requirements 4 credits 
Major Ensemble (2 semesters) 1
 University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band or University Orchestra
MUS 406 Composer's Ensemble (7 semesters)3.5
MUS 406 Chamber Music.5


Additional Courses  
MUS 271 Principles of Digital Audio and Music Production 3
Music Electives 7
General Electives


University Core Curriculum and Non-Music Electives34


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

  1. Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument and a portfolio review of compositions.
  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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