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The Bachelor of Music degree in composition is comprised of a comprehensive range of courses including analysis, orchestration, counterpoint, compositional procedures, and contemporary musical styles. Throughout their studies, students work with a faculty of distinguished composers and participate in master classes with well-known guest composers. Student compositions may be performed at quarterly Composers Forums, and seniors may have a composition read through and recorded by Ensemble 20+, the School's student new music ensemble.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Music Core Requirements||65|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||52|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Perform solo and ensemble works with appropriate techniques and musicality.
- Identify and analyze the elements of music in a given piece, including an understanding of its compositional processes, aesthetic properties, and artistic, social, and historical contexts for works in the Western music tradition, Contemporary periods, Jazz, and World Music Cultures.
- Demonstrate an appropriate level of aural, keyboard, and conducting skills.
- Compose consistently, developing a compositional voice that reflects awareness of prevalent musical styles of the 20th and 21st centuries and that shows a fundamental knowledge of instrumentation.
- Analyze appropriately music of the common practice period as well as the 20th and 21st centuries.
- Identify and demonstrate essential techniques of creating electro-acoustic music.
- Effectively employ contrapuntal composition techniques of previous centuries.
Music Core Requirements
All students in the School of Music are required to enroll in the following music courses:
Musicianship (42 Credits)
|Music Theory Sequence:|
|MUS 110A||MUSIC THEORY I||2|
|MUS 120A||MUSIC THEORY II||2|
|MUS 130A||MUSIC THEORY III||2|
|MUS 212A||MUSIC THEORY IV||2|
|MUS 222A||MUSIC THEORY V||2|
|MUS 232||MUSIC THEORY VI||2|
|Music History Sequence:|
|MUS 110B||MUSIC HISTORY I||2|
|MUS 120B||MUSIC HISTORY II||2|
|MUS 130B||MUSIC HISTORY III||2|
|MUS 212B||MUSIC HISTORY IV||1|
|MUS 222B||MUSIC HISTORY V||1|
|Aural Training Sequence:|
|MUS 111||AURAL TRAINING I||1|
|MUS 121||AURAL TRAINING II||1|
|MUS 131||AURAL TRAINING III||1|
|MUS 211||AURAL TRAINING IV 1||1|
|MUS 221||AURAL TRAINING V 1||1|
|MUS 231||AURAL TRAINING VI 1||1|
|Group Piano Sequence:|
|MUS 113||GROUP PIANO I||1|
|MUS 123||GROUP PIANO II||1|
|MUS 133||GROUP PIANO III||1|
|MUS 213||GROUP PIANO IV 2||1|
|MUS 223||GROUP PIANO V 2||1|
|MUS 233||GROUP PIANO VI 2||1|
|MUS 303||BASIC CONDUCTING PRACTICUM||0|
|MUS 304||BASIC CONDUCTING||4|
|MUS 320||INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC||2|
|MUS 321||INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ HISTORY 3||2|
|MUS 322||ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP 3||2|
Students may enroll in a maximum of 3 credits of applied study per quarter, with a maximum of 36 credits total. The requirements for applied study vary by degree program:
- BM in performance, 36 credits
- BM in jazz studies, 32 credits
- BM in composition, 12 credits
- BM in music education, 18 credits
- BM in performing arts management, 18 credits
- BA in music, 12 credits
- BS in sound recording technology, performance track, 9 credits
The BS in Performing Arts Management degree does not require applied lessons, and the BS in Sound Recording Technology, non-performance track, degree does not require applied lessons.
Except performance majors, students may enroll in additional applied credits, which will count towards music electives.
Modern Language Option
If a music student wishes to study a modern language for a three-course sequence (12 credits), one quarter of language study (4 credits) may be used to replace a course requirement in Arts and Literature, Philosophical Inquiry, or Religious Dimensions. The remaining two quarters of language (8 credits) will be applied towards free electives. This option does not apply to students in the BM-Performance, vocal concentration.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 1 Course Required
- 1 Course Required
- 1 SWK Course or Lab Course Required
- 1 Course Required
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
Students are admitted to a specialization at their initial enrollment. Students are then allowed to continue in specialization courses on the basis of program checkpoints. The program checkpoints differ for each specialization, and students should contact the department chairs or program directors/coordinators for more information. Students are not permitted to continue to enroll in specialization classes if they have not met the requirements of their program checkpoints.
Students are required to complete the following courses for a specialization in Composition:
|24 credits of composition (2 credits in each quarter):||24|
|COM 301||16TH CENTURY COUNTERPOINT||4|
|COM 302||18TH CENTURY COUNTERPOINT||4|
|COM 303||20TH CENTURY COUNTERPOINT||4|
|COM 300||ORCHESTRATION I||4|
|COM 320||ORCHESTRATION II||4|
|Additional required courses:|
|COM 305||ANALYTICAL STUDIES||4|
|COM 326||ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC I||4|
|COM 316||COMPUTER ASSISTED COMPOSITION||4|
|COM 399||FINAL COMPOSITION PROJECT||1|
|6 credits of Large Ensemble||6|
|5 credits of Any Ensemble||5|
|8 credits of Music Electives||8|
|10 credits of Free Electives||10|