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B.M. in Theory/Composition

This program is designed for students who wish to pursue studies in the analytical and creative sides of the music discipline. It includes the general education requirements, the music core, and additional courses in music theory, composition, history, literature, and related fields. This degree includes a senior project as a capstone experience: usually either a recital of new works (for composers) or a major analytical paper (for theorists).

Music Core
Concert Attendance: MUS 100 each term, with or without credit
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (senior capstone project– composition recital for composers)
Applied music: six terms for credit on major instrument or voice
Band, Orchestra or Choir: one each term, with or without credit on major instrument or voice

Jazz Band I may count as one of the major performing ensembles after four terms of Choir, Concert Band or Orchestra have been fulfilled, except for music education majors. Guitar majors may select classical guitar ensemble to fulfill this requirement. See specific degree programs for ensemble requirements.

Theory/Composition Courses
AMC 100/300 Composition Seminar (must be taken concurrently with all AMC and AML lessons)
AMC 202/302 Composition (three terms for credit)
AMC 222-322 Film Scoring
AMC 242-342 Song Writing
MUS 290 Digital Music I
MUS 335 Orchestration and Arranging

Three terms of applied lessons from:
AMA 202-302 Arranging and Scoring
AMC 202-302 Composition
AML 202-302 Digital Music

Two courses from:
MUS 395 Special Studies in Music Theory
MUS 396 Special Studies in Music History
(MUS 395 may be taken more than once as tonal analysis, post-tonal analysis or counterpoint)

Cognate Courses
MUS 369 Conducting I
One (1.00) or two .50 credits from:
BID 301 Psychology of Music
PHL 309 Philosophy of Art
MUS 251 Woodwind Techniques
MUS 252 Percussion Techniques
MUS 253 Vocal Techniques
MUS 254 Brass Techniques
MUS 255 String Techniques
One elective course chosen from:
MUS 120 Jazz Fundamentals I
MUS 215 Music in the Christian Church
MUS 291 Digital Music II
MUS 310 Varieties of World Music
MUS 318 Jazz: A History and Analysis
MUS 350 Jazz Arranging I

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