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.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $97.

Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major.
Prerequisites: MUSC 100 or test score.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $135.

Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major.
Prerequisites: MUSC 118 or test score.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $135.

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. Notes: Required for B.M. Composition students.
Prerequisites: MUSC 119 or test score.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Composition (MUCO); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $125.

Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, percussion instruments, conducting, and improvisation. Notes: Non-music majors are welcome to take applied lessons, see Conservatory for approval.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Hour lesson $712.

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. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course.
Prerequisites: MUSC 153.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 154.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A writing course designed to provide opportunity for developing basic skills in the manipulation of musical materials.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester. Notes: Four semesters required for graduation.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A skill improvement course focusing on rhythmic freedom and melodic embellishment. Hymns and worship choruses used as templates.
Prerequisites: MUSC 163, MUSC 164.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Focus on contemporary chords, voicings, and progressions; transposition; modulation; musical style. Hymns and worship choruses used as templates.
Prerequisites: MUSC 163, MUSC 164.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester. Three semesters of this course are required for graduation with a B.M. degree.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 164.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music (MUWM), Music Performance (MUPR), Music (MUSC), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Education (MUED); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 307.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 308.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

The study of 20th century theory practice and compositional techniques within the context of the broad range of 20th century music literature.
Prerequisites: MUSC 309.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

Basic conducting skills; the psychology of conducting; observation of choral and orchestral rehearsals.
Prerequisites: MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Education (MUED), Music in Worship (MUWO), Music (MUSC), Music (MUWM), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Performance (MUPR); and Undergraduate Level.

One or more courses offered periodically in such areas as arranging, jazz theory, advanced computer music.
Prerequisites: MUSC 363, MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Emphasis on 16th and 18th century two- and three-voice techniques. Analysis of representative literature and writing of short style pieces.
Prerequisites: MUSC 363, MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A study of orchestral instruments with emphasis on a working knowledge of ranges and idiomatic qualities/capacities of each. Included are numerous scoring projects.
Prerequisites: MUSC 363, MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

The analysis of music from the various common practice periods, with emphasis on fundamental formal structural concepts and processes.
Prerequisites: MUSC 363, MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Focuses on developing tools for practical analysis of 20th Century music. Class time will be spent discussing, interpreting, and exercising some of the many styles and techniques developed in that period.
Prerequisites: MUSC 343.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Emphasis on MIDI, notation and sequencing software, score and part preparation, editing and mastering of recordings, electronic music history, and basic acoustics.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course.
Prerequisites: MUSC 163.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 164.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Preparation for teaching brass instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Preparation for teaching percussion instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Preparation for teaching string instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Preparation for teaching woodwind instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: Must be taken for up to 2 credits.
Prerequisites: MUSC 347.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Composition (MUCO); and Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course.
Prerequisites: MUSC 353.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 354.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; Music Education (MUED), Music in Worship (MUWO), Music (MUSC), Church Music (MUSM), Music (MUWM), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Performance (MUPR); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $32.

Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, and percussion instruments. Notes: Non-music majors are welcome to take applied lessons, see Conservatory for approval.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Hour lesson $712.

Preparation for senior-level performance recital (Length: 60 minutes).
Prerequisites: MUSC 119.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class; and must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $65.

Ensemble Requirements

See catalog for details.