Composition

Bachelor of Arts - Music; Track: Specialization in Composition

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College of Visual & Perf Arts

Degree Specific Credits: 58

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: 511 Credits of non-Music major courses (36 credits must be in the College of Arts and Sciences)

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51 Credits in Music

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

1st year19
2nd year36
3rd year23
4th year5
Ensemble Requirements 1st and 2nd year4-14
Ensembles 3rd and 4th year4-21
Music Requirements8
Music Writing Expectation12
Music Requirements for Writing3
Music Requirements for Mathematics3
Music Requirements for Modern & Classical Languages10
Music Requirements for Expressive Arts3
Music Requirements for Literary & Artistic Studies3
Music Requirements for Historic & Cultural Studies3
Music Requirements for Indigenous & Global Perspectives3
Music Requirements for Natural Sciences6
Total Hours145-172

1st year

Rule: All courses required

Note: All required for first year of study for a BA in Composition:

  • MUSI 195 1 credit each semester for a total of 2 credits first year.
  • MUSI 180 1 credit each semester for a total of 2 credits first year.
MUSI 105Music Theory I2
MUSI 106Music Theory II2
MUSI 135AKeyboard Skills I1
MUSI 136AKeyboard Skills II1
MUSI 140Aural Perception I2
MUSI 141Aural Perception II2
MUSI 180Composition I (one credit each semester)2
MUSI 195Applied Study I (one credit each semester)2
MUSI 202LIntro to Music Literature3
MUST 110Digital Audio & Multitracking2
Total Hours19

Minimum Required Grade: C-


2nd year

Rule: See commentary

Note: All required for second year of study for a BA in Composition:

  • MUSI 280 1 credit each semester for a total of 2 credits first year.
  • MUSE 123, MUSE 120-MUSE 121, MUSE 126-MUSE 127, MUSE 272 1 credit each semester for a total of two credits second year.
  • MUSI 296-01 Upper-Division Required Performance required by the end of the 2nd year of study. UDRP to consist of scholarly writing example to be approved by faculty.
MUSE 120Techs: String Inst in Class I (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 121Techs: String Inst in Class II (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 123Techniques: Voice (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 126Techs: Percussn Instruments I (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 127Techs: Percussn Instruments II (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 272Techniqus: Flute & Single Reed (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 273Techniques: Double Reed (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 274Techniques: Upper Brass (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 275Techniques: Lower Brass (one credit each semester)2
MUSI 205Music Theory III2
MUSI 206Music Theory IV2
MUSI 240Aural Perception III2
MUSI 241Aural Perception IV2
MUSI 280Composition II2
MUSI 301HMusic History I3
MUSI 302HMusic History II3
MUST 210Sequencng, Synthesis, Sampling2
Total Hours36

Minimum Required Grade: C-


3rd year

Rule: See commentary

Note: All required for third year of study for a BA in Composition:

MUSE 120Techs: String Inst in Class I (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 121Techs: String Inst in Class II (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 123Techniques: Voice (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 126Techs: Percussn Instruments I (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 127Techs: Percussn Instruments II (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 272Techniqus: Flute & Single Reed (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 273Techniques: Double Reed (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 274Techniques: Upper Brass (one credit each semester)2
MUSE 275Techniques: Lower Brass (one credit each semester)2
MUSI 356Form & Analysis I2
MUSI 357Form & Analysis II2
MUSI 380Composition III (one credit Fall Semester)1
Total Hours23

Minimum Required Grade: C-


4th year

Rule: All courses required

Note: 4th year required: All students majoring in music are required to attend in a minimum of 100 approved recitals/concerts prior to graduation. During the 4th year in an undergraduate degree program and upon completion of this requirement, students should register for MUSI 388, 0 cr. 

MUSI 388Concert Attendance UM0
MUSI 440Orchestration2
MUSI 480Composition IV3
Total Hours5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ensemble Requirements 1st and 2nd year

Rule: One course for each semester

All majors seeking an undergraduate degree in music and who are registered for 5 or more credits must participate in an ensemble specified by their degree curriculum each semester of residence of the regular school year. (See specific curricula for maximum ensemble credits applicable toward minimum degree requirements.) 

Majors whose principal performance area is wind/percussion must register for:

Select one of the following sections:2
Section 1, Symphonic Wind Ensemble:
Select one of the following:
Band: UM Concert Band
and Band III: UM Concert Band
MUSI 110AOpera Theatre I1
Section 2, University Concert Band:
Select one of the following:
Band: UM Concert Band
and Band III: UM Concert Band
Section 1, University Orchestra, if designated by the Director, every semester:
Select one of the following:
Orchestra: UMSO
and Orchestras II: UM
Total Hours3

String majors must register for:

Section 1, University Orchestra, every semester:
Select one of the following:2
Orchestra: UMSO
and Orchestras II: UM
Total Hours2

B.A., voice, majors must register for: 

  • a minimum of 4 credits in MUSI 112A section 1 (University Choir).

Ensemble requirements for piano and organ are listed separately for each curriculum.

MUSI 108AOrchestra: UMSO1
MUSI 110AOpera Theatre I1
MUSI 112AChoir1
MUSI 114ABand: UM Concert Band1
MUSI 162AChamber Ensembles I (guitar principals only)1
MUSI 191Special / Experimental Courses (piano principals only)1-9
Total Hours6-14

Ensembles 3rd and 4th year

Rule: One course each semester

Majors whose principal performance area is wind/percussion must register for:

Select one of the following sections:1
Section 1, Symphonic Wind Ensemble:
Band III: UM Concert Band
Section 2, University Concert Band:
Band III: UM Concert Band
Section 1, University Orchestra, if designated by the Director, every semester:
Orchestras II: UM
Total Hours1

String majors must register for:

Upon completion of the upper-division recital performance, B.A., voice, majors may enroll in:

Select one of the following sections:1-8
Section 1 (University Choir):
Choir III
Section 2 (Chamber Chorale):
Choir III
Section 3 (Women's Chorus):
Choir III
Opera Theater:
Opera Theatre II
Total Hours1-8

Ensemble requirements for piano and organ are listed separately for each curriculum

MUSI 308Orchestras II: UM1
MUSI 310Opera Theatre II1
MUSI 312Choir III1-8
MUSI 314Band III: UM Concert Band1
MUSI 362Chmbr Ens III: UM (guitar principals only)1
MUSI 391Special / Experimental Courses (piano principals only)1-9
Total Hours6-21

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Music Requirements

Rule: All courses required

LSH 151LIntroduction to Western Humanities Antiquity3
LSH 152LIntroduction to the Humanities Medieval to Modern3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Music Writing Expectation

Rule: All courses required

MUSI 302HMusic History II (Lower- Division Writing Expectation)3
MUSI 415Music 20th Century to Present (Upper- Division Writing Expectation)3
MUSI 416Topics in Music History (Upper- Division Writing Expectation)3
MUSI 417Cultural Studies in Music (Upper- Division Writing Expectation)3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Music Requirements for Writing

Rule: All courses required

WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Music Requirements for Mathematics

Rule: All courses required

Note: Mathematics - M Course 100 or above 

Minimum Required Grade: C-

3 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Modern & Classical Languages

Rule: All courses required

Note: MCLL (Modern and Classical Languages and Literature) Foreign Languages 10 credits required

Exemption from Modern and Classical Language Requirement - Symbolic Systems MUSI 105, MUSI 106, MUSI 140, MUSI 141 

Minimum Required Grade: C-

10 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Expressive Arts

Rule: All courses required

Note: Expressive Arts - A Courses - (min. 3 credits) Ensembles and Sec. Lessons taken each semester satisfies this requirement. 

Minimum Required Grade: C-

3 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Literary & Artistic Studies

Rule: All courses required

Note: Literary and Artistic Studies - L Courses -(min. 3 credits) MUSI 202L taken in 1st year satisfies this requirement. 

Minimum Required Grade: C-

3 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Historic & Cultural Studies

Rule: All courses required

3 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Indigenous & Global Perspectives

Rule: All courses required

Note: Indigenous and Global Perspectives - (min. 3 credits) Recommend MUSI 207H

Minimum Required Grade: C-

3 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Natural Sciences

Rule: All courses required

Note: Natural Science (for this perspective, 6 credits required and at least one course Must include a lab experience)

Minimum Required Grade: C-

6 Total Credits Required

This is an advising track only and not an official program as recognized by the University of Montana (UM) or the Montana University System. This information will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication. You do not fill out a major change for a track.