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Concentration in Music Theory and Composition

Theory and Composition students pursue a variety of compositional techniques and styles leading to independent creative work. Wherever possible, student works are performed in recital and on programs in the chamber music series. Students are encouraged to be creative in a variety of musical styles including jazz, electronic music, world music, and traditional classical idioms.

The Department's computer and electronic music lab enables students to use electronic technology in the study of theory and composition. The graduate with this concentration may consider a vocation in teaching, composition and arranging/copying, as well as recording production. Several alumni have attended prestigious graduate schools and assumed professional positions in their field.

Major Plan

Core Courses (30 credits, required for all Music majors)

MUS141 - MUS145


MUS162 - Participation in Music Ensemble

(6 semesters or every semester in attendance for transfer students)

MUS150 - Concert Series Attendance

(6 semesters or every semester in attendance for transfer students)

MUS201 - Piano 1

MUS202 - Piano 2

MUS301 - Piano 3

MUS231 - Sight Singing & Ear Training 1

MUS232 - Sight Singing & Ear Training 2

MUS203 - Theory 1

MUS204 - Theory 2

MUS220-MUS227 - Applied Music Classical

(2 semesters)


MUS270-MUS277 - Applied Music Jazz

(2 semesters)

MUS331 - Music to 1750

MUS333 - Music Since 1750


Requirements for Concentration in Music Theory and Composition
(23 credits)

MUS303 - Theory 3 – Counterpoint

MUS310 - Jazz Theory 1

MUS320 - Keyboard Harmony

MUS350 - Computer & Electronic Music

MUS364 - Form & Analysis

MUS365 - Instrumentation

MUS419 - Applied Composition

(two semesters)

MUS490 - Senior Project


Electives in Music (7 credits)

MUS346 - Conducting (recommended)