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.

Music Theory Core
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201
MUS 202
Music Theory and Practice III
and Music Theory and Practice IV
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207
MUS 208
Musicianship III
and Musicianship IV
Advanced Music Theory6
Music History and Literature Core
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313
MUS 314
The History of Music I
and The History of Music II 1
Advanced Music History6
Required Music Courses
Ensembles 28
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
MUS 172
MUS 173
Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I
and Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II
Applied music16
MUS 106Beginning Composition4
MUS 206Intermediate Composition4
MUS 406Advanced Composition 312
MUS 402Musical Acoustics3
An advanced (400-level) muisc history course3
MUS 425Post-Tonal Pitch Organization3
MUS 426Orchestration3
Music Theory 38
French, German, or Italian 48
Electives as needed to total 130 hours

Completion of both MUS 313 and MUS 314 meets the general education Humanities and the Arts requirement.


All students are required to enroll in at least one approved performance ensemble each semester in residence, with a maximum of 16 semester hours of such ensemble applicable to the Bachelor of Music degree. 


The music theory electives for the third and fourth years are to be chosen from , MUS 404 (may be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours), MUS 405, MUS 407, MUS 408 (may be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours in addition to MUS 408, sections D or E), MUS 409, and MUS 499 (may be repeated to a maximum of four semester hours; senior standing in music required). If the curricular emphasis is in music theory, the following will apply: juniors will substitute an additional three semester hours of MUS 408 for MUS 406; seniors will take MUS 299 (two semesters), MUS 405, and substitute an additional 400-level music history course for MUS 406.


Students who completed 2 years of French, German, or Italian in high school have met this requirement. Other languages may be chosen with permission of the composition-theory adviser.Completion of this requirement does not complete the General Education language requirement.