Jan 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Composition (B.M.)


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Jonathan Newman, Associate Professor of Music
Ruebush Hall, Room 139, (540) 665-4630, [email protected]

The Bachelor of Music in Composition curriculum is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career as a professional composer or as a professor of composition or theory/composition. The student’s creative skills are guided and developed through intense study in, and the practical application of, 20th and 21st Century art music, as well as practical skills in career management and concert production. The curriculum does not include significant study of, or work in popular idioms or jazz. Prospective students must be aware of the rigorous competition in the field, and should realize that continued study at the graduate level constitutes the minimum standard of professional success. The undergraduate curriculum is constructed around the development of core foundation skills that most students will further develop at the graduate level.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Music in Composition will be able to:

  • Compose original instrumental and vocal music with a high level of technique
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to music theory, analysis, history and technology
  • Coordinate, rehearse and produce their own music in live performance and readings
  • Demonstrate artistic growth and artistic self-possession

Course and Credit Requirements


1st Year – Fall


Total: 16.5 credits


1st Year – Spring


Total: 16 credits


2nd Year – Fall


Total: 17 credits


2nd Year – Spring


Total: 15 credits


3rd Year – Fall


Total: 16 credits


3rd Year – Spring


Total: 14 credits


4th Year – Fall


Total: 15.5 credits


4th Year – Spring


Total: 14 credits


Degree Total: 124 credits


*Minimum grade of “C” required.

^Piano Proficiency Examination offered.

(ALT) Offered on alternating schedule; consult with advisor.

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