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B.M. in Theory/Composition

This program is designed for students who wish to pursue studies in the analytical and creative sides of the music discipline. It includes the general education requirements, the music core, and additional courses in music theory, composition, history, literature, and related fields. This degree includes a senior project as a capstone experience: usually either a recital of new works (for composers) or a major analytical paper (for theorists).

Music Core

Music Attendance: MUS 100 (every term)
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
Functional Class Piano II: MUS 222
MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (Senior capstone project–composition recital for composers)
Applied music: six terms for credit in classical instruction on a major instrument or voice
Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit
Guitar Majors (major instrument is guitar): Classical Guitar Ensemble for a minimum of four terms; Classical Guitar Ensemble or other ensemble for each additional term on campus; encouraged to perform in more than one ensemble each term.

Theory/Composition Courses
AMC 100/300 Composition Seminar (three to eight tems required concurrently with AMC lessons)
AMC 101-201 Composition (three terms for credit)
MUS 290 Digital Music I
MUS 335 Orchestration and Arranging

Three terms applied lessons from:
AMA 101-201 Arranging and Scoring
AMC 121-221 Film Scoring
AMC 141-241 Songwriting
AMC 202-302 Composition
AML 101-201 MIDI/Electronic Composition  

Two courses from:
MUS 395 Special Studies in Music Theory
MUS 396 Special Studies in Music History
(MUS 395 may be taken twice: as tonal analyis, as post-tonal analysis and/or as counterpoint)

Cognate Courses
MUS 369 Conducting I
One full course or two half courses from:
PHL 309 Philosophy of Art
PSY 423 Sensation and Perception
MUS 251 Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy   
MUS 252 Percussions Techniques and Pedagogy
MUS 253 Vocal Techniques and Pedagogy  
MUS 254 Brass Techniques and Pedagogy
MUS 255 String Techniques and Pedagogy

One elective course chosen from:   
MUS 120 Jazz Fundamentals I 
MUS 215 Music in the Christian Church
MUS 291 Digital Music II
MUS 218 The Making of Jazz   
MUS 310 Varieties of World Music
MUS 318 Jazz: A History and Analysis

 

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