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What can a music composition degree do for you?
When you play or listen to music, do you think, "I could create that"?
Then consider majoring in music composition, one of few programs of its kind at an undergraduate-only school like Susquehanna.
You'll explore a variety of musical styles, with an emphasis on unfamiliar techniques. You'll gain experience conducting, become well-versed in music literature and theory, and be ready to pursue an advanced degree followed by a career as a composer, arranger or teacher.
And all of this while being an integral part of one of the best music departments at any liberal arts college in the nation.
We're one of just a few undergraduate-only institutions to offer a music composition degree program. And you'll be taught by seasoned, experienced music faculty, not by teaching assistants.
You'll be part of a music department that is collaborative yet competitive, pushing you to grow as a musician and composer. You'll have the chance to work one-on-one with faculty who have real-world experience.
Although music composition is one of our newest degrees, it's already thriving. In fact, one of its first graduates, from the class of 2015, is already studying at the famed Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University
As with most music composition programs, ours is small and selective. Some students are ready to begin the program immediately while others attend Susquehanna for a year before transferring into the major as sophomores, after they have established a portfolio of notated works.
If you're looking for a career as a composer, arranger or teacher of composition, there's no better place to start than with a music composition degree from Susquehanna.
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-.
|Semester Hours||View Full Course Catalog >>|
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 Tonal Harmony|
|2 MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis|
|2 MUSC-263 Ear Training III|
|2 MUSC-363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory and Serialism|
|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
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
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.
theaters with orchestra pits150
years teaching music320
seats in Stretansky Concert Hall
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