Designed for students planning careers in composition, the Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Composition offers excellent preparation for graduate study or work as a professional composer. The program helps students discover a distinctive voice as they develop a portfolio of compositions. In addition to composition, courses in theory, music history, literature, conducting, and technology give students a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.
Admission to the program is by audition and submission of previous compositions. Students with minimal compositional experience may be admitted at the discretion of the composition faculty, provided they show promise and strong general musicianship in other ways.
All students selecting a composition emphasis must complete the music major (B.M.) course requirements, and emphasis course and ensemble requirements (below).
F = Offered every fall, S = Offered every spring
Fr = Freshman, So = Sophomore, Jr = Junior, Sr = Senior
|Composition Emphasis||33–34 units|
|Additional Composition Core Requirements||6 units|
MUS 423Orchestration I
|Composition Courses||27–28 units|
MUS 1C1Applied Composition Class
MUS 1C2Applied Composition Class
MUS 2C1Applied Composition
MUS 2C2Applied Composition
MUS 3C1Applied Composition
MUS 3C2Applied Composition
MUS 4C1Applied Composition
MUS 4C2Applied Composition
MUS 349Intermediate Logic Pro
MUS 42220th Century Composition Techniques
MUS 481Orchestration II
MUS 491Senior Recital
In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed by emphasis (see chart below). Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement.
All ensembles listed require audition except Oratorio Choir.
Students are required to attend 14 School of Music-sponsored, on-campus recitals and concerts per year, 2 of which must be chosen from the Artist Concert Series recitals.
|Required Ensemble||Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices|
|Brass, Strings, Winds and Percussion||Select 4 years from:
|Piano, Guitar, and Electric Bass||Oratorio Choir (2 yrs.)
Select 1 year of ensemble registration from:
|Select remaining ensemble registration from:
|Vocal||Oratorio Choir (2 yrs.)||
*Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.
^^Maximum one year of credit in these ensembles
*Meets a General Studies core (or elective) requirement.
**Meets a General Studies elective requirement.
***Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.