Undergraduate Degree - Composition

Program:
Composition
Program Code:
7303 Composition
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Music
Start Term:
FS08


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Music

Undergraduate Programs

Composition

The Bachelor of Music degree program in composition is designed for students who are interested in obtaining an introduction to the technique of composition and for students who are preparing for advanced study in composition, music theory, or musicology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog;  120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Composition.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Composition major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. b. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. Capstone experience.
    Preparation and direction of a half-hour recital of original compositions during the senior year.  Compositions for several performing media should be included in the recital.  The student must demonstrate a command of compositional technique to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty.
    b. The courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the College of Music (26 credits).
    c. Music activity requirement (8 credits):
    All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in composition are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. Music majors must perform an audition for placement into an ensemble in order to receive ensemble credit toward their degree. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Students who are enrolled in the composition major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement. However, no more than 8 credits that are related to the major ensemble requirement may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.
    d. Piano proficiency requirement (2 credits):
    All students in the Bachelor of Music degree program in composition whose performance area is not piano are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty. 
    Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of Music 150M. Any credits earned in Music 150M beyond 2 credits will not count towards the degree program. Students who take the piano proficiency examination and place into Music 150M may take the Music 150M waiver examination on a one-time basis. For the waiver examination, students will be required to play all of the selections required in the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling in Music 150M. The piano proficiency examination may only be taken while the student is enrolled in Music 150M.
    Students will take a placement examination before beginning any piano courses. The placement examination will determine the appropriate placement in Music 141, 142 or 150M. Students choosing to enroll without taking the placement examination, may only enroll in Music 141. 
    e. Complete the requirements for one of the following 5 performance areas (12 credits):
    (1) Piano (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in piano.  This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 150A and 4 credits of Music 350A (12 credits).
    (2) Stringed Instruments:  Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (12 credits):
    (a)  Private instruction in harp, violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 8 credits in the 100–level course and 4 credits in the 300–level course:  Music 150C, 350C; 152A, 352A; 152B, 352B; 152C, 352C; 152D, 352D (12 credits).
    (3) Wind Instruments:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This requirement must be met by completing one of the following pairs of courses, with 8 credits in the 100–level course and 4 credits in the 300–level course: Music 153A, 353A; 153B, 353B; 153C, 353C; 153D, 353D; 153E, 353E; 154A, 354A; 154B, 354B; 154C, 354C; 154D, 354D; 154E, 354E (12 credits).
    (4) Percussion Instruments (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 155 and 4 credits of Music 355 (12 credits).
    (5) Voice (12 credits):
    (a) Private instruction in voice.  This requirement must be met by completing 6 credits of Music 151 and 4 credits of Music 351 (10 credits).
    (b) Both of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 143 English Diction for Singers 1
    MUS 144 Italian Diction for Singers 1
    f. All of the following courses (26 credits):
    MUS 335 Ensemble Conducting I 2
    MUS 380 Musical Styles and Forms 3
    MUS 441 Introduction to Computer Music 3
    MUS 480 Counterpoint 2
    MUS 483 Composition 14
    MUS 484 Instrumentation and Basic Orchestration 2
    g. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 336A Ensemble Conducting II:  Instrumental 2
    MUS 336B Ensemble Conducting II:  Choral 2
    h. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    MUS 410 Jazz History 2
    MUS 413 Keyboard Literature to Mid-19th Century 2
    MUS 414 Keyboard Literature since the Mid–19th Century 2
    MUS 415 Art Song Literature: German 2
    MUS 416 Art Song Literature: French, Spanish, and Italian 2
    MUS 417 Art Song Literature: British and American 2
    MUS 418 Opera and Oratorio Aria Repertoire 2
    MUS 420 Music of the 18th Century 2
    MUS 421 19th Century European–American Music Literature 2
    MUS 422 Music of the 20th Century 2
    MUS 423 History of Opera 2
    MUS 424 Music, Sexuality, and Gender 2


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Composition, BMUS (7303)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 12: College - Music - Core
College - Music - Core: 11 courses from MUS180, MUS181, MUS182, MUS183, MUS211, MUS212, MUS280, MUS281, MUS282, MUS283, MUS381

Requirement 13: College - Music - Ethnomusicology
College - Music - Ethnomusicology: 1 course from MUS409, MUS425, MUS426, MUS429, MUS430, MUS436, MUS443

Requirement 14: Major - Composition - Capstone Experience
Major - Composition - Capstone Experience: 1 course from preparation & direction of 1/2 hour recital of original compositions for several performing media in senior yr., or approved MUS paper. Contact your academic advisor.

Requirement 15: Major - Composition - Piano Proficiency
Major - Composition - Piano Proficiency: 2 credits from Piano Proficiency requirement

Requirement 16: Major - Composition - Music Activity
Major - Composition - Music Activity: 8 credits from Music Activity requirement. See your academic advisor for further information.

Requirement 17: Major - Composition - Performance Areas
Major - Composition - Performance Areas: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Voice: 10 credits
At least 6 credits from MUS151
At least 4 credits from MUS351
Piano: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS150A
At least 4 credits from MUS350A
Stringed Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS150C
At least 4 credits from MUS350C
Stringed Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS152A
At least 4 credits from MUS352A
Stringed Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS 152B
At least 4 credits from MUS352B
Stringed Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS152C
At least 4 credits from MUS352C
Stringed Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS152D
At least 4 credits from MUS352D
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS153A
At least 4 credits from MUS353A
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS153B
At least 4 credits from MUS353B
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS153C
At least 4 credits from MUS353C
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS153D
At least 4 credits from MUS353D
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS153E
At least 4 credits from MUS353E
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS154A
At least 4 credits from MUS354A
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS154B
At least 4 credits from MUS354B
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS154C
At least 4 credits from MUS354C
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS154D
At least 4 credits from MUS354D
Wind Instrument: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS154E
At least 4 credits from MUS354E
Percussion Instruments: 12 credits
At least 8 credits from MUS155
At least 4 credits from MUS355

Requirement 18: Major - Composition - Core
Major - Composition - Core: 5 courses from MUS335, MUS380, MUS441, MUS480, MUS484

Requirement 19: Major - Composition - Composition
Major - Composition - Composition: 14 credits from MUS483

Requirement 20: Major - Composition - Ensemble Conducting
Major - Composition - Ensemble Conducting: 1 course from MUS336A, MUS336B

Requirement 21: Major - Composition - Literature Elective
Major - Composition - Literature Elective: 1 course from MUS410, MUS413, MUS414, MUS415, MUS416, MUS417, MUS418, MUS420, MUS421, MUS422, MUS423, MUS424

Requirement 22: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 72 credits from Music courses.

Requirement 23: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 24: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.