2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Music Composition Major

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(75 credits)

The Music Composition major is designed to develop the theoretical and practical capacities of students to compose works of music. It prepares them for advanced study and careers in music composition. 

History and Literature (12 credits):

Other Basic Musicianship Courses (5 credits):

Performance (8 credits):

Choose 2 credits from the following:

Choose 2 credits from the following:


Students must enroll in six semesters of performance study.


Students with substantial piano background can be exempted from piano after passing proficiency.

Ensembles (7 credits):

One credit of elective ensembles

Composition (13 credits):

Advanced History Courses (3 credits):

Recital (composition) (1 credit):

Keyboard Proficiency

All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination before graduation. Music education majors must pass the keyboard proficiency examination before student teaching. Further information about this requirement is available on the school’s web site.

Event Attendance

A large number of concerts and recitals representing a broad spectrum of musical styles and genres occurs every semester. This resource of musical events is an integral part of a musician’s training. All music majors and minors must attend a specified number of concerts, recitals, and Contemporary Music Festival events before graduation. Information concerning this requirement is available in the school office.

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