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.

Requirements

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.

General Studies
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
or LIBS 201 WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Five academic (non-music) elective courses15
Major Area
MCMP 211COMPOSITION (MAJOR)4
MCMP 212COMPOSITION II (MAJOR)4
MCMP 213COMPOSITION III4
MCMP 214COMPOSITION IV3
MCMP 215SOPHOMORE COMPOSITION JURY1
MCMP 225COMPOSITION SEMINAR (eight semesters required)0
MCMP 311COMPOSITION V4
MCMP 312COMPOSITION VI4
MCMP 313COMPOSITION VII4
MCMP 314COMPOSITION VIII4
MTA 325INTRO ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC3
MTA 326ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC II3
Supportive Courses in Music
MTA 301INSTRUMENTATION/ORCHESTRATION3
MTA 302ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION3
MTA 304COUNTERPOINT3
MTA 305FORM AND ANALYSIS3
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
PIA 201PIANO (MINOR) 12
PIA 202PIANO (MINOR) 12
PIA 203PIANO (MINOR) 12
PIA 204PIANO (MINOR) 12
Ensemble Electives4
Total Credit Hours126
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