Music Major: Composition Option (B.A.)

Students wanting to declare composition as their option must submit a music portfolio in addition to an audition on their major instrument.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement is fulfilled by a final project or a public performance given during the senior year. For students in the composition option, there is a choice of completing a half lecture, half lecture-recital or a half recital including at least one original composition.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second major. B.A. in music majors may use MUSI 502 Musics in Context (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Core Curriculum

MUSI 471
MUSI 472
Theory I
and Theory I
MUSI 473
MUSI 474
Ear Training I
and Ear Training I
MUSI 475
MUSI 476
Functional Piano I
and Functional Piano I 1
MUSI 571
MUSI 572
Theory II
and Theory II
MUSI 573
MUSI 574
Ear Training II
and Ear Training II
MUSI 575
MUSI 576
Functional Piano II
and Functional Piano II 1
MUSI 501
MUSI 502
The Western Musical Canon
and Musics in Context
MUSI 515Music in World Cultures4
MUSI 540Recital Attendance0
Advanced Music History: select one of the following3
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Classical Period
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Art Song
Survey of Opera
Select one of the following:3
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following courses
Performing Ensemble: select variable credits from the following courses 2
Total Credits36

Students will be given the opportunity to test out of MUSI 475 Functional Piano I, MUSI 476 Functional Piano I and MUSI 575 Functional Piano II, MUSI 576 Functional Piano II.


A maximum of 8 ensemble credits may count toward graduation for all bachelor of arts in music students.

Music Composition Option Requirements

Degree program has final approval from the National Association of Schools of Music.

Select 6 credits of the following:6
Reading and Writing Musical Scores
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Advanced Composition
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following courses4
Performing Ensemble: select from the following courses8
Total Credits26

Students in the composition option, if not in a lesson studio, will attend composition seminar.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a specialization instrument or voice at an appropriate solo level and/or in small ensemble and large ensemble.
  • Aurally identify, analyze, and work conceptually with the elements of music in a variety of musical styles.
  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with musical literature from the formal concert repertory and from musical traditions outside of that repertory.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and defend musical judgments in writing and in oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate collegiate-level skills in the English language, competence in written and oral communication in English, and fluency in communicating and synthesizing musical, historical and analytical concepts in writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create substantial original compositions for solo instrument(s), chamber ensemble, or large ensemble.
  • Present at least one substantial original composition in performance of a lecture, lecture-recital, or recital.