Music Composition, BM
Offered in: Chicago
The Music Composition program challenges dedicated individual composers to develop and hone their creative skills. The goals of the program for all students are to:
- Cultivate the ability to utilize all of the building blocks of music (pitch, rhythm, meter, tension and relaxation, formal structure) to create a diverse portfolio of works.
- Gain the necessary professional skills: rehearsal, communication, promotion, publication, and networking.
- Explore various musical languages and styles in pursuit of the formation of their own unique voices.
The primary focus at the undergraduate level is the development of technique and expressivity. The curriculum addresses essential knowledge and skills: work with both electronic and acoustic media, keyboard skills, fluency in speaking and writing, conducting and rehearsal techniques, analytical ability and relevant technologies.
Four public composition recitals each year, as well as multiple opportunities for collaboration with other programs such as dance, piano, and opera, provide students with ample and regular opportunities to work with other musicians to prepare formal performances of their own compositions. The senior recital demonstrates growth and progress in the student's portfolio over eight semesters of study in works of varying length, scope and genre. A complete listing of program requirements is published in the Music Conservatory Handbook.
Students are required to have at least one work performed in a student composition recital each year.
C- is the minimum passing grade in MCMP 211 COMPOSITION (MAJOR) , MCMP 212 COMPOSITION II (MAJOR), and MCMP 213 COMPOSITION III. At the completion of the second year of composition study, a student must receive a minimum grade of B- in MCMP 214 COMPOSITION IV to be admitted to the upper division. The grade of B- is the minimum passing grade in upper division composition study MCMP 311 COMPOSITION V through MCMP 314 COMPOSITION VIII
During the senior year, the student will present a recital of original compositions, including program notes. The recital must consist of at least 40 minutes of music representative of the student's work in the program and approved by the primary composition instructor.
A grade lower than C- in any 300-level MTA course is considered a failing grade.
|ACP 101||FIRST YEAR SEMINAR||3|
|ACP 110||PRIMARY TEXTS||3|
|ACP 250||GROUNDS FOR CHANGE||3|
|or LIBS 201||WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE|
|ENG 101||COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING||3|
|ENG 102||COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH||3|
|Five academic (non-music) elective courses||15|
|MCMP 211||COMPOSITION (MAJOR)||4|
|MCMP 212||COMPOSITION II (MAJOR)||4|
|MCMP 213||COMPOSITION III||4|
|MCMP 214||COMPOSITION IV||3|
|MCMP 215||SOPHOMORE COMPOSITION JURY||1|
|MCMP 225||COMPOSITION SEMINAR (eight semesters required)||0|
|MCMP 311||COMPOSITION V||4|
|MCMP 312||COMPOSITION VI||4|
|MCMP 313||COMPOSITION VII||4|
|MCMP 314||COMPOSITION VIII||4|
|MTA 325||INTRO ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC||3|
|MTA 326||ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC II||3|
|Supportive Courses in Music|
|MTA 302||ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION||3|
|MTA 305||FORM AND ANALYSIS||3|
|MUHL 210||VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES||3|
|MUHL 251||HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I||3|
|MUHL 252||HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II||3|
|MUHL 253||HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III||3|
& MUSC 121B
& MUSC 121C
|MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS|
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
& MUSC 122B
& MUSC 122C
|MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS|
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
& MUSC 221B
& MUSC 221C
|MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS|
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
& MUSC 222B
& MUSC 222C
|MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS|
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
|PERF 240||ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING||2|
|PIA 201||PIANO (MINOR) 1||2|
|PIA 202||PIANO (MINOR) 1||2|
|PIA 203||PIANO (MINOR) 1||2|
|PIA 204||PIANO (MINOR) 1||2|
|Total Credit Hours||126|
Other instrument with permission