Bachelor of Music in Composition

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Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

Credit Total: 136

Rec.

Course #/Title

Cr.

Private Instruction

1st/2nd Yr.

PVL 110 Composer at the Piano

16

3rd/4th Yr.

PVL 112 Major Instruction

16

Performance Class

3rd/4th Yr.

PRF 402 Composition Seminar

2

4th Yr.

PRF 452/453 Intro to Conducting

4

Musicianship and Music Theory

1st Yr.

MMT 102/112 Musicianship

4

1st Yr.

MMT 103/113 Musicianship

4

2nd Yr.

MMT 104/114 Musicianship

4

2nd Yr.

MMT 105/115 Musicianship

4

2nd Yr.

MMT 222/223 Counterpoint

6

3rd Yr.

MMT 106 Musicianship

2

3rd Yr.

MMT 107 Musicianship

2

3rd Yr.

MMT 202/203 Advanced Musicianship

6

3rd Yr.

MMT 230/231 Score-Reading at the Piano (taken with MMT 202/203)

2

4th Yr.

MMT 252/253 Advanced Musical Analysis

6

Humanities and Sciences

1st Yr.

HMS 110/111 Approaches to College Writing

6

2nd Yr.

HMS 202/203 Intro to Western Civilization

8

3rd Yr.

HMS 302-399 (Literature)

3

4th Yr.

HMS 402-479 (Hist/Phil)

3

 

HMS 210-599

12

Music History and Literature

2nd Yr.

MHL 202/203

4

3rd Yr.

MHL 204

2

Applied Practical Training

1st Yr.

APP 352/353 Composition Workshop (corequisite of PVL 110)

4

3rd Yr.

APP 242/243 Orchestration

6

4th Yr.

APP 404 Practical Aspects of a Career in Music

2

Ensembles

3rd/4th Yr.

ENS 300 Chorus or ENS 301 Chamber Choir

4

Electives (4 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

Juries and Recitals

1st Yr.

JRFR Freshman Jury: Students enrolled in PVL 110R (The Composer at the Keyboard) must take a keyboard jury at the end of the spring semester. Compositions that best demonstrate the abilities of the performer, to be determined by the teacher, are required together with improvisations as requested by the jury. At the end of the sophomore year, each student's record will undergo a formal review by the department. Standing in place of a jury recital, this review will take into account the student's academic performance, especially progress in composition classes and lessons, as well as the student's participation in and attendance at school and department activities. The results of this review will determine whether the student will be allowed to advance to junior standing.

 

2nd Yr.

JRSO Sophomore Jury: Study at least two works and perform them.

 

4th Yr.

RCTSN Senior Recital: Present either one full recital of at least 40 minutes in the final semester of work or two half-recitals within the last two semesters of work. In both years, works performed must have been completed during the time the composer was a student at the Conservatory. Presentations must be performed by or prepared under the direction of the composer. The works presented during the last two years of study should include at least three of the following:

  • Work for one to four instruments, not including voice
  • Work for five to 25 instruments, not including voice
  • Work for any number of instruments and/or any number of voices
  • Work using electronic devices (either exclusively or in combination with acoustic instruments)
  • Soundtrack not less than five minutes in length using electronic sounds or instruments for film or video and created using Conservatory facilities.

 

Repertoire Requirements for Composition Majors

Freshman and Sophomore Years: Students enrolled in PVL 110R (The Composer at the Keyboard) must take a keyboard jury at the end of the spring semester. Compositions that best demonstrate the abilities of the performer, to be determined by the teacher, are required together with improvisations as requested by the jury. At the end of the sophomore year, each student's record will undergo a formal review by the department. Standing in place of a jury recital, this review will take into account the student's academic performance, especially progress in composition classes and lessons, as well as the student's participation in and attendance at school and department activities. The results of this review will determine whether the student will be allowed to advance to junior standing.

Junior Year: Study at least two works and perform them.

Senior Year: Present either one full recital of at least 40 minutes in the final semester of work or two half-recitals within the last two semesters of work. In both years, works performed must have been completed during the time the composer was a student at the Conservatory. Presentations must be performed by or prepared under the direction of the composer. The works presented during the last two years of study should include at least three of the following:

  • Work for one to four instruments, not including voice
  • Work for five to 25 instruments, not including voice
  • Work for any number of instruments and/or any number of voices
  • Work using electronic devices (either exclusively or in combination with acoustic instruments)
  • Soundtrack not less than five minutes in length using electronic sounds or instruments for film or video and created using Conservatory facilities.