Music Composition (BM)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Composition (MUSIBM COM)

Unit: Music

Program Information

The Bachelor of Music Composition (BM) degree at UofL is a four-year program of study designed to develop a high level of expertise in music composition and related skills. In addition, the program encourages and promotes the development of each student's individual compositional "voice" or personality.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements47
Program/Major Requirements44
Minimum Total Hours122

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 1,231
The following courses are required by this program and should be used to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
African-American Music - AH, D1
Music in World Cultures - D2, SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above). Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

School of Music Requirements
MUS 141Theory I 34
MUS 142Theory II 34
MUS 241Theory III4
MUS 242Theory IV4
MUS 361Music Literature I (1000-1750)3
MUS 362Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music)3
MUS 363Music Literature III (1860-present)3
MUS 109Major Ensembles (eight 1-hour courses) 48
MUS 97Recital Attendance (six semesters of "S")0
MUS 131Piano Class 51
MUS 132Piano Class 51
MUS 231Piano Class III 5,61
MUS 347Analysis I2
MUS 111Principal Applied Study2
MUS 112Principal Applied Study2
MUS 211Principal Applied Study2
MUS 212Principal Applied Study2
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours47

Program/Major Requirements

Music Composition Requirements
MUS 143Composition and Orchestration2
MUS 144Composition and Orchestration2
MUS 243Composition and Orchestration 72
MUS 244Composition and Orchestration 72
MUS 343Composition and Orchestration 72
MUS 344Composition and Orchestration 72
MUS 443Composition and Orchestration 72
MUS 444Composition and Orchestration 72
MUS 441Composition Seminar (eight semesters)0
MUS 246Contemporary Composition Techniques I2
MUS 247Contemporary Composition Techniques II2
MUS 348Analysis II2
MUS 270Creative Audio Recording and Production Techniques2
MUS 547Chromatic Harmony and Analysis2
MUS 548Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis2
MUS 549Renaissance Counterpoint2
MUS 550Baroque Counterpoint2
MUS 567Introduction to Electronic and Computer Music2
MUS 497Senior Recital (CUE) 80
Supporting Courses
MUS 359Conducting I2
MUS 325Arts Instrument (Applied Lessons)1
MUS 326Arts Instrument (Applied Lessons)1
MUS 425Arts Instrument (Applied Lessons)1
MUS 426Arts Instrument (Applied Lessons)1
MUS 551Studies in Improvisation2
Electives2
Minimum Total Hours44

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Theory IV  or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361 Music Literature I; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance, with a grade S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional Gen Ed courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program.  Specific degree requirements are determined by the concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Recital

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 111 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 131 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 143 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
 Hours14
Spring
MUS 112 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 132 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 144 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
MUS 211 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
MUS 243 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 246 Contemporary Composition Techniques I 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Spring
MUS 212 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Theory IV 4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 244 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
MUS 247 Contemporary Composition Techniques II 2
MUS 270 Creative Audio Recording and Production Techniques 2
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
MUS 325 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 343 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 567 Introduction to Electronic and Computer Music 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
 Hours15
Spring
MUS 326 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 344 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
MUS 359 Conducting I 2
MUS 348 Analysis II 2
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
 Hours17
Year 4
Fall
MUS 425 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 443 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
MUS 549 Renaissance Counterpoint 2
MUS 548 Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis 2
Music Electives 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 426 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 550 Baroque Counterpoint 2
MUS 551 Studies in Improvisation 2
MUS 444 Composition and Orchestration 2
MUS 441 Composition Seminar 0
MUS 547 Chromatic Harmony and Analysis 2
MUS 497 Senior Recital 0
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours13
 Minimum Total Hours122

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