Courses | Music Composition, B.M.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Major Courses

Basic vocal training.

Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major.

Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major.

Advanced functional keyboard skills for the composition major. Included will be such skills as the playing of four-voice progressions incorporating secondary dominants, Neapolitan sixth chords, raised supertonic, raised submediant seventh chords, etc., as well as at-sight simple figured-bass realization and sightreading from an open score.

Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, percussion instruments, conducting, and improvisation.

Sight-singing diatonic melodies, major and minor scales and triads using moveable tonic solfege. Transcribing basic diatonic melodies, cadences and progressions. Reading, performing and transcribing rhythmic patterns in simple, compound and irregular meters.

The study of the following music fundamentals: elementary acoustics, keyboard layout, intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, figured bass, diatonic voice-leading, cadences, elementary harmonic progressions, meter, rhythm, time signatures and staff notation.

Using 153 materials as a foundation, this course encompasses the sight-singing and transcribing of diatonic and simple chromatic melodies with greater rhythmic complexity, triads in all inversions, dominant seventh chords and altered non-harmonic tones.

A study of common-practice diatonic harmony with emphasis on voice leading and harmonic progression. Includes part writing, non-harmonic tones, cadences, figured bass and Roman analysis.

A writing course designed to provide opportunity for developing basic skills in the manipulation of musical materials.

Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester.

A skill improvement course focusing on rhythmic freedom and melodic embellishment. Hymns and worship choruses used as templates.

Focus on contemporary chords, voicings, and progressions; transposition; modulation; musical style. Hymns and worship choruses used as templates.

Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester. Three semesters of this course are required for graduation with a B.M. degree.

A historical and critical study of the period including important contributions in musical literature, theory and performance practice. Special attention will be given to the analysis of selected vocal and instrumental works.

A historical and critical survey of the period including important contributions in music literature, theory and performance practice. Special attention will be given to the analysis of selected vocal and instrumental works.

A historical and critical survey of the period including important contributions in music literature, theory and performance practice. Special attention will be given to the analysis of selected vocal and instrumental works.

The study of 20th century theory practice and compositional techniques within the context of the broad range of 20th century music literature.

Basic conducting skills; the psychology of conducting; observation of choral and orchestral rehearsals.

One or more courses offered periodically in such areas as arranging, jazz theory, advanced computer music.

Emphasis on 18th century two- and three-voice techniques. Analysis of representative literature and writing of short style pieces.

A study of orchestral instruments with emphasis on a working knowledge of ranges and idiomatic qualities/capacities of each. Included are numerous scoring projects.

The analysis of music from the various common practice periods, with emphasis on fundamental formal structural concepts and processes.

Focuses on developing tools for practical analysis of 20th Century music. Class time will be spent discussing and exercising some of the many styles and techniques developed in that period, along with approaches for interpreting and reproducing.

Emphasis on MIDI, notation and sequencing software, score and part preparation, editing and mastering of recordings, electronic music history, and basic acoustics.

This course centers on the application of sight-singing and dictation skills acquired in 153 and 163, with particular focus on dominant and non-dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants and chromatic melodies.

This is the final semester of common-practice diatonic harmony. Emphasis is on voice leading and harmonic progressions including altered dominants, borrowed chords, the Neapolitan Sixth chord, augmented chords and modulation.

Preparation for teaching brass instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.

Preparation for teaching percussion instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.

Preparation for teaching string instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.

Preparation for teaching woodwind instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.

Advanced studies in sequencing and sound editing and how these tools directly compliment the film-scoring process. Students will be required to write music for actual films/film clips.

This course centers on the application of sight-singing and dictation skills to complex diatonic and chromatic and modulating melodies, dominant and non-dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants, the Neapolitan Sixth chord, and augmented sixth chords.

This course is centered on the study of chromatic harmony of the 19th century; Impressionism, and other early 20th century practices; contemporary popular harmonic practice and its symbols.

An introductory study of the interrelationships between music and culture through the examination of the music of varying cultures. Basic elements of music as they are found in world cultures will be studied.

Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, and percussion instruments.

Preparation for senior-level performance recital. (Length: 60 minutes).

Ensemble Requirements

See catalog for details.