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Bachelor of Music in Composition (Instrumental Composition)

We offer one of the most forward-thinking and open-minded songwriting and music composition programs available anywhere. We prepare you for the realities of an increasingly complex future by building your confidence and familiarity with the essential tools of the art: the right and left sides of the brain, the laptop, the keyboard, the voice, the rehearsal studio, the digital cinema mixing studio, and the concert stage. In addition to musical theory, arranging, creative writing, and orchestration, our leading edge music curriculum includes laptop remixing, deejaying, rap, and spoken word.

Recommended Course Schedule for Instrumental Composition 
120 Credits (83 major area, 30 liberal arts and 7 electives)

1st Semester

  • APP 100 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • MUS 131 Songwriting I (3)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry Seminar I (1)
  • REC 116 MIDI Production Techniques (2)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble *
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits
2nd Semester

  • APP 100 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • APP 150C Applied Music (song/comp) (2)
  • MUS 277 Compositional Techniques II (3)
  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • ENS 100 Composition Ensemble (1)
  • REC 150 Sound Capture and Production (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


3rd Semester

  • APP 100 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing (1)
  • APP 150C Applied Music (song/comp) (2)
  • MUS 387 Compositional Techniques III (3)
  • MUS 211 Music Theory III (2)
  • MUS 200K Keyboard Lab III (1)
  • MUS 208 Ear Training III (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


4th Semester

  • APP 100 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • MUS 388 Compositional Techniques IV (3)
  • MUS 375 Scoring for Media I (3)
  • MUS 221 Music Theory IV (2)
  • MUS 202K Keyboard Lab IV (1)
  • MUS 209 Ear Training IV (1)
  • REC 207 Sound Design for Music Production (1)
  • ENS 100 Composition Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


5th Semester

  • APP 300 Applied Music (perf. area) (1)
  • APP 350C Applied Music (song/comp) (2)
  • MUS 345 Arranging I (2)
  • MUS 377 Orchestration I (2)
  • BUS 323 Copyright and Music Publishing (3)
  • MUS 118 History of American Popular Music (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


6th Semester 

  • APP 300 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • MUS 346 Arranging II (2)
  • MUS 376 Scoring for Media II (3)
  • MUS 316 Conducting (1)
  • MUS 378 Orchestration II (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 9 + Liberal Arts credits


7th Semester

  • APP 300 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • APP 350C Applied Music (song/comp) (2)
  • BUS 118 Music Economics (3)
  • ENS 350 Large Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 130 Artist and Industry Seminar II (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 8 + Liberal Arts credits


8th Semester 

  • APP 300 Applied Music (perf area) (1)
  • ENS 300 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 402 Senior Composition Recital/Project (2)
  • *** *** Electives from any area (5)
  • *** *** Music Elective (MUS, ENS, APP) (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 11 + Liberal Arts credits


Overall Credits: 120 – 90 major and elective, 30 liberal arts*

*Liberal arts requirements vary depending on degree program. Please refer to the course catalog for more information.

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