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Music Composition Degree

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Music Composition Degree (127 Hours)

This major offers professional preparation in music with specialization in composition. The curriculum is designed to prepare students in contemporary classical composition and allied fields.

Requirements include: senior qualifying exam; piano proficiency exam; 2.5 average in all music courses; C or better in all music courses; senior recital.
First Year
First TermHours
Engl 101 [W] (GER)3
GenEd 110 [A] (GER)3
Mus 18110 or 1
Mus 25123
Mus 25221
Mus Ensemble31
Mus Private Lessons2
Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Second TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G] (GER)3
Communication Proficiency [C,W] (GER)3
GenEd 111 [A] (GER)3
Mus 18210 or 1
Mus 25343
Mus 25441
Mus Ensemble31
Mus Private Lessons2
Second Year
First TermHours
Math Proficiency [N] (GER)3
Mus 182 or 28110 or 1
Mus 35123
Mus 35221
Mus Ensemble31
Mus Private Lessons2
Science Elective (GER)4
Second TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G] (GER)3
Biological Sciences [B] (GER)4
Mus 256 2
Mus 35343
Mus 35441
Mus 35943
Mus Ensemble (Choral)31
Mus Private Lessons2
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
Mus 360 [M]2,53
Mus 45162
Mus 4562
Mus Ensemble (music elective)1,31
Mus Private Lessons (202 or 302)2
Music Electives4
Physical Sciences [P] (GER)4
Second TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G] or Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Mus 361 [M]4,53
Mus 45372
Mus 4562
Mus 48141
Mus Ensemble (music elective)1,31
Music Electives4
Private Lessons (Mus 202 or 302) 2
Fourth Year
First TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G], Intercultural Studies [I,G,K], or Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Intercultural Studies [I,G,K] (GER)3
Mus 45562
Mus 4563
Mus 48221
Mus Ensemble (music elective)1,31
Mus Private Lessons2
Music Electives1
Second TermHours
Mus 45272
Mus 4563
Mus Ensemble (music elective)1,31
Music Electives1
Tier III Course [T] (GER)3

Footnotes
1Class piano credits not required.
2Fall only.
3Chosen from MUS 428-444.
4Spring only.
5MUS 359 fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences additional 3-unit requirement.
6Fall, alternate years only.
7Spring, alternate years only.

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