Bachelor of Music in Composition

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

Core curriculum is shaded. Courses in bold type must be taken in the designated sequence. Undergraduate International students may be required to follow an alternative sequence of courses. A form with this sequence may be found in the Registrar's Office and online.

Credits for Bachelor of Music in Composition

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Introduction to Western Civilization GED 202/203

8

 

 

 

Musicianship
MMT 102/103/104/105

6

6

 

 

Music Theory
MMT 112/113/114/115

4

4

 

 

The Composer at the Piano
PVL 110

8

8

 

 

Composition Workshop
APP 352/353

4

 

 

 

General Education1

 

6

6

12

Music History MHL 202/203/204

 

4

2

 

Counterpoint MMT 222/223

 

6

 

 

Ensemble: Conservatory Chorus ENS 300 or Conservatory Chamber Choir ENS 301

 

 

2

2

Composition Major Instrument
PVL 112

 

 

8

8

Advanced Musicianship
MMT 202/203

 

 

8

 

Orchestration APP 242/243

 

 

6

 

Advanced Musical Analysis
MMT 252/253

 

 

6

 

Composition Seminar PRF 402

 

 

1

1

Practical Aspects of a
Career in Music APP 404

 

 

 

2

Introduction to Conducting
PRF 452/453

 

 

 

4

Electives2

 

 

 

4

Totals

30

34

393

33

Four-Year Total: 136

 

 

 

 

1. Undergraduates must complete at least one course in Literature, Poetry or Drama and one course in History or Philosophy by the end of the junior year. See core curriculum on previous page.
2. Courses numbered MHL 302–599, MMT 116–599, GED 401–499 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, PRF and PVL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for elective credits listed for individual majors.
3. Overload, as described on page 23, does not apply to junior Composition majors.

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