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Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Composition (B.M.)

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Jonathan Newman, Associate Professor of Music
Ruebush Hall, Room 139, (540) 665-4630, jnewman2@su.edu

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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