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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.

Bachelor of Music in Guitar

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 Guitar

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

 

 

Keyboard Skills PRF 150/151

2

 

 

 

Private Instruction PVL 100

8

8

8

8

General Education1

 

9

6

9

Music History MHL 202/203/204

 

4

2

 

Guitar Literature MHL 322–325

 

2

4

 

Electives2

 

2

3

4

Conservatory Chorus ENS 300 or Conservatory Chamber Choir ENS 301

 

 

2

 

Music History and Literature
MHL 400–599 or MMT 252/253

 

 

3

 

MHL 400-599 or MMT 116-253

 

 

3

 

Guitar Ensemble ENS 304

 

 

4

4

Practical Aspects of a
Career in Music APP 404

 

 

 

2

Guitar Pedagogy APP 302

 

 

 

2

Totals

28

35

35

29

Four-Year Total: 127

 

 

 

 

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.
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.

Repertoire Requirements for Guitar Juries

Two-thirds of all juries and recitals must be performed from memory. Each jury must consist of entirely new repertoire. Written program notes are required for each jury and degree recital. Repertoire guidelines are in the Guitar Department Manual, available on the Conservatory's web site.
At the end of the semester in which the student is not doing a jury (usually the fall semester), undergraduate guitar students are required to perform an evaluation for the guitar faculty. Freshmen and sophomores play for five minutes; all others play for ten minutes. The results are factored into the semester's grade, and students receive written comments from each member of the guitar faculty.

  • Freshman Jury: Music from each of the following five periods, totaling 20 minutes: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary, for a 15-minute jury.
  • Sophomore Jury: Music from all five periods listed above, totaling 30 minutes, for a 15-minute jury.
  • Junior Jury: Music from at least three distinct musical periods, totaling 45 minutes, for a 30-minute jury.
  • Senior Jury and Senior Recital: Music from at least three distinct musical periods, totaling one hour, for a 30-minute jury. Also, a recital of one hour of music, which may include some chamber music at the discretion of the major teacher

Historical Performance Emphasis for Plucked Strings

Emphasis course requirements:
  • ENS 210 Conservatory Baroque Ensemble (2 semesters, 4 credits)
  • ENS 212 Continuo Playing or ENS 305 Basso Continuo for
  • Guitarists (1 semester, 2 credits) (Not required if student can demonstrate
  • prior experience)
  • MHL 400 Introduction to Performance Practice (1 semester, 3 credits)
  • PRF 348 Historical Plucked Strings (2 semesters, 4 credits)
  • HPE Jury: Jury requirements as determined by HPE faculty (HPE jury is in addition to major instrument jury.)
Total credits for Emphasis: 11-13