Music Composition

Bachelor of Music - Music; Track: Specialization in Music Composition

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College of Visual & Perf Arts

Degree Specific Credits: 86

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: All degrees require 39 upper division credits.

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

1st year21
2nd year24
3rd year21
4th year9
Upper Division Writing Expectation3
1st and 2nd year Ensemble Requirements4
3rd and 4th year Ensemble Requirements5-22
Lower Division Writing Expectation3
Music General Requirement for Writing3
Music Requirements for Mathematics3
Music Requirements for Modern & Classical Languages3
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 Hours117-134

1st year

Rule: All courses required

Note: 1st year requirements:

  • MUSI 195 - 1 credit each semester for a total of 2 credits first year.
  • MUSI 180 - 2 credits each semester for a total of four 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 (two credits each semester)4
MUSI 195Applied Study I (one credit each semester)2
MUSI 202LIntro to Music Literature3
MUST 110Digital Audio & Multitracking2
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C-


2nd year

Rule: All courses required

Note: 2nd year requirements:

  • MUSI 295 - 1 credit each semester for a total of 2 credits second year.
  • MUSI 280 - 2 credits each semester for a total of four credits the second year.
  • MUSI 296 Upper-Division Required Performance to be completed 2nd year to advance to upper division classes
MUSI 205Music Theory III2
MUSI 206Music Theory IV2
MUSI 235Keyboard Skills III1
MUSI 236Keyboard Skills IV1
MUSI 240Aural Perception III2
MUSI 241Aural Perception IV2
MUSI 280Composition II (two credits each semester)4
MUSI 295Applied Study II (one credit each semester)2
MUSI 296Piano Prof Assessment0
MUSI 301HMusic History I3
MUSI 302HMusic History II3
MUST 210Sequencng, Synthesis, Sampling2
Total Hours24

Minimum Required Grade: C-


3rd year

Rule: See commentary

Note: 3rd year requirements:

MUSI 335Instrumental Conducting (2 credits Spring semester)2
or MUSI 336 Choral Conducting
MUSI 356Form & Analysis I2
MUSI 357Form & Analysis II2
MUSI 380Composition III (three credits each semester)6
MUSI 395Applied Study III (one credit Fall semester)1
MUSI 407Counterpoint I3
MUSI 415Music 20th Century to Present3
MUSI 440Orchestration2
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C-


4th year

Rule: All courses required

Note: 4th year requirements:

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 480Composition IV (3 credits Fall semester)3
MUSI 499Senior Recital/Capstone Pjt (2 credits Spring semester)2
MUST 310Interactivity Digitl Sgnl Proc2
MUST 410Computer Music Programming2
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Writing Expectation

Rule: All courses required

Note: MUSI 415 will satisfy the upper-division writing expectation.

MUSI 415Music 20th Century to Present3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


1st and 2nd year Ensemble Requirements

Rule: One course each semester

Note: Ensembles - MUSI 108A-MUSI 114A,  MUSI 162A (guitar principals only), MUSI 191 (piano principals only), required one credit each semester for two credits each year. 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:1
Section 1, Symphonic Wind Ensemble:
Band: UM Concert Band
Section 2, University Concert Band:
Band: UM Concert Band
Section 1, University Orchestra, if designated by the Director, every semester:
Orchestra: UMSO
Total Hours1

String majors must register for:

  • MUSI 108A  section 1, University Orchestra, every semester.
MUSI 108AOrchestra: UMSO1
MUSI 110AOpera Theatre I1
MUSI 112AChoir1
MUSI 114ABand: UM Concert Band1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


3rd and 4th year Ensemble Requirements

Rule: One course each semester

Note: MUSI 308-MUSI 314, MUSI 310, MUSI 331, OR MUSI 362 (guitar principals only),  MUSI 391(piano principals only), required one credit each semester for two credits third year, fourth year 1 credit Fall 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: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: 

  • MUSI 308  section 1, University Orchestra, every semester.

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 331Jzz Ens II: UM1
MUSI 362Chmbr Ens III: UM (guitar principals only)1
MUSI 391Special / Experimental Courses (piano principals only)1-9
Total Hours7-22

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Lower Division Writing Expectation

Rule: All courses required

MUSI 302HMusic History II3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Music General Requirement 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: Math - M Course 100 or above

Minimum Required Grade: C-

3 Total Credits Required


Music Requirements for Modern & Classical Languages

Rule: All courses required

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

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-
 

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-
 

Music Requirements for Historic & Cultural Studies

Rule: All courses required

Note: Historical and Cultural Studies and American and European Perspectives - H/Y Courses - (min. 3 credits) MUSI 301H and MUSI 302H

Minimum Required Grade: C-
 

Music Requirements for Indigenous & Global Perspectives

Rule: All courses required

Note: Indigenous and Global Perspectives - (min. 3 credits) is required

MUSI 207HWorld Music (equiv to 307) (equiv to 307)3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


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

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