Music Composition-Theory Major

In this major, emphasis may be placed on music composition or on the theory of music. Necessary course adjustments require approval of the composition-theory division.

If the emphasis is on composition, the fourth-year student must present a satisfactory senior recital of original compositions. If the emphasis is on theory, an advanced project (MUS 299, Thesis, two semesters) approved by the composition-theory division is required in the fourth year.

General Education and College Orientation 

Orientation to Arts at Illinois
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
General Education Requirements
Composiition I4
Advanced Composition3
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 314 6
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s) 3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Quantitative Reasoning I and II 6
Natural Sciences and Technology 6
Foreign Language 10-12
Total Hours 241-53

 Music Core and Composition-Theory Coursework   

Music Theory and Musicianship
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201Music Theory and Practice III2
MUS 202Music Theory and Practice IV2
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207Musicianship III2
MUS 208Musicianship IV1
Advanced Music Theory6
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313The History of Music I 13
MUS 314The History of Music II3
Advanced Musicology6
Performance Studies
Applied Music Lessons16
Ensemble 28
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 32
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 32
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
Composition-Theory Studies Coursework
MUS 106Beginning Composition4
MUS 206Intermediate Composition4
MUS 406Advanced Composition 12
MUS 426Orchestration3
An additional 400-level advanced music history course3
Music Theory Electives 414
French, German, or Italian 58
Electives as needed to total 130 hours