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Music Composition, BM

Offered in: CHICAGO

The program in composition requires 126 semester hours. It is designed to develop technique and an expressive voice in students with creative ability.


  • Students are required to have at least one work performed in a student composition recital each year.
  • To be admitted to the upper division, the student must have completed MCMP 211-214 with a minimum grade of B- in each class, and should have completed the musicianship sequence.
  • The student will also submit a portfolio of works, including scores, recordings, programming, or other media for review by the department.
  • During the senior year, the student will present a recital of original compositions including program notes. The recital must consist of at least 40 minutes of music representative of the student’s work in the program and approved by the primary composition instructor.

A minimum grade of B- is required in all 300-level MCMP courses. A grade lower than C- in any 300-level MTA course is considered a failing grade.

  Recital of original compositions (minimum length, 40 minutes) .....
  ACP 101 First Year Seminar .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change OR LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3
  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3
  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice OR ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3
  MCMP 211 Composition I .....4
  MCMP 212 Composition II .....4
  MCMP 213 Composition II .....4
  MCMP 214 Composition II .....3
  MCMP 215 Sophomore Composition Jury .....1
  MCMP 225 Composition Seminar (eight semesters required) .....
  MCMP 311 Composition III .....4
  MCMP 312 Composition III .....4
  MCMP 313 Composition IV .....4
  MCMP 314 Composition IV .....4
  MTA 301 Instrumentation/Orchestration .....3
  MTA 302 Advanced Orchestration .....3
  MTA 304 Counterpoint .....3
  MTA 305 Form and Analysis .....3
  MTA 325 Electroacoustic Music I .....3
  MTA 326 Electroacoustic Music II .....3
  MUHL 210 The Music of America .....3
  MUHL 251 History of Western Music I .....3
  MUHL 252 History of Western Music II .....3
  MUHL 253 History of Western Music III .....3
  MUSC 121ABC Musicianship I .....5
  MUSC 122ABC Musicianship II .....5
  MUSC 221ABC Musicianship III .....5
  MUSC 222ABC Musicianship IV .....5
  PERF 099 Performance Attendance (six semesters required) .....
  PERF 240 Elements of Conducting .....2
  PIA 201 Applied Piano (Minor) I (or other instrument with permission) .....2
  PIA 202 Applied Piano (Minor II (or other instrument with permission) .....2
  PIA 203 Applied Piano (Minor) III (or other instrument with permission) .....2
  PIA 204 Applied Piano (Minor) IV (or other instrument with permission) .....2


  Ensemble Electives .....4
  Five academic (non-music) courses .....15