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Create the new classics
Learn to compose tomorrow's classics in our music composition major.
Get the thrill of hearing your work performed live during your first year. We hold a composers' concert each semester devoted to student-created work.
Our music department is collaborative yet competitive, pushing you to grow as a musician and composer.
You'll explore a variety of musical styles, conduct student ensembles and become well-versed in music literature and theory.
We're one of a few undergraduate-only institutions to offer a music composition degree program. It's small and selective, giving you plenty of chances to work one-on-one with faculty who are experienced educators and active performers.
Be ready for graduate school
Although music composition is one of our newest degrees, it's already thriving. In fact, one of our first graduates is studying at the famed Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
You'll be more than ready to go to graduate school and then onto a career as a composer, arranger or teacher of composition.
Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:
University of Florida
University of Southern Maine
Stony Brook University
University of North Texas
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Eastman School of Music
University of Michigan
New England Conservatory of Music
Peabody Institute of Music
Pennsylvania State University
Graduates have gone on to jobs at:
Milton Area High School
Atonement Lutheran Church
Staats Operette Dresden
University of North Texas College of Music
South Shore Symphony Orchestra
Pinellas Youth Symphony
University of Connecticut
Loyalsock Township School District
Stone Hill Middle School
Jumoke Academy Charter Schools
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music in Composition. Music students who desire a specialized emphasis in composing original works may choose this degree option. Accepted majors must possess skill in a standard performance area and also demonstrate potential as composers through a portfolio of notated works. Students explore a wide variety of musical styles with an emphasis on understanding compositional techniques that may be less familiar to them, such as those of 20th-century art music. Students who complete this program typically pursue graduate study leading toward professional activities as a composer, arranger or teacher. Candidates complete the university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following courses with a minimum grade average of C. Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.
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12 Music Literature
|2 MUSC-152 Survey of World Music|
|4 MUSC-245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras|
|4 MUSC-250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras|
|2 MUSC-350 20th-Century Music|
20 Music Theory
|2 MUSC-161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony|
|2 MUSC-162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony|
|2 MUSC-163 Ear Training I|
|2 MUSC-164 Ear Training II|
|2 MUSC-261 Theory III: Advanced Harmony|
|2 MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis|
|2 MUSC-263 Ear Training III|
|2 MUSC-265 Ear Training IV|
|2 MUSC-361 Counterpoint|
|2 MUSC-370 Orchestration|
1 MUSC-034 Piano Class I (instrumental/vocal concentrates)
1 MUSC-035 Piano Class II (instrumental/vocal concentrates)
2 MUSC-066 Collaborative Piano (keyboard concentrates; third semester for keyboard concentrates who are exempt from MUSC-037)
1 MUSC-038 Piano Technique (piano concentrates only)
36 Applied Music
10 Composition lesson (may be a combination of one- and two-credit lessons)
10 Applied lesson in one studio area (minimum of six semesters)
2 MUSC-500 Full Composition Recital (capstone)
0 Forum (eight semesters)
6 Large Ensemble (six semesters)
8 Music Elective (other than applied study and ensembles and 4 SH chosen from MUSC-355, MUSC-356, MUSC-367 or MUSC-368)
Music Theory & Ear Training
Choral ensembles provide students with unique musical experiences on and off campus.
The Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform a wide repertoire in a challenging and rewarding environment.
Pianists and organists perform in a range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings on the finest instruments.
A traditional big band and small combos appear at a variety of venues.
Small ensembles offer opportunities to study highly specialized literature.
The Opera Studio performs fully-staged productions with orchestra in addition to programs of opera scenes.
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The program provides the surrounding communities with lifelong learning opportunities for professional music study and enrichment activities in an academic environment, including individual lessons in voice, piano, organ, and most band and orchestra instruments, along with group music classes for infants through adults.
The hallmark of the program is the rich collaboration among music faculty, music students, and the children and adults who take lessons and classes.Read More