Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin 
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin

Composition BMus

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The Bachelor of Music in Composition (Composition BMus) degree is designed for students who are considering a future as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, producer, or academic. This degree prepares students to pursue a career in or related to music composition and/or to continue on to higher degree programs in music. Students ordinarily complete this program in 4 years.

NOTE: This new degree program is under review by the NASM Commission on Accreditation and will admit students after approval of the program.

Total Credits - 124

Major - 82

Composition - 41 Credits

Cognate - 4 Credits

Additional Requirements

  • Attendance at major area master classes
  • Piano Proficiency

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will compose new music for sacred and secular settings.
  • Students will engage in the performance of new music.
  • Students will demonstrate a foundational proficiency in producing music for both artistic and commercial settings.
  • Students will exhibit effective technical and artistic skills in music performance of repertoire from a broad range of stylistic periods.
  • As appropriate to their degree track, students will learn and apply pedagogical methods, techniques and tools related to their area of expertise.
  • Students will demonstrate basic proficiency in the theoretical foundations of Western music through aural skills, analysis, composition, and improvisation.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of music history—including the development of musical styles and the contextual forces that shaped their development, primarily in the context of Western music, but also to a basic extent in American and world musics.
  • Students will demonstrate basic competencies in music technology (including digital notation and sequencing) and music research.
  • Students will hone critical thinking skills by:
    • consciously making informed interpretation choices.
    • connecting theoretical and historical understanding to musical performance.
    • developing a personal and discerning philosophy of music.
  • Students will integrate faith and learning by hymnology/worship and music.
  • Students will apprentice in a spirit of service.
  • Students will apprentice in a spirit of artistic community.

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