Composition Major

In the Composition Major, you focus on the art of writing music and lyrics. You study techniques in melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement, as well as setting lyrics to melody. You also focus on aural and sight-reading skills and take courses on trends in 20th-century composition, film scoring, orchestration and the business of music.

When you complete this major, you will have the skills to create pieces in a variety of styles and genres, perform in workshop settings and public recitals, and use industry standard music software to create artistic and commercial works

The major in composition follows this prescribed program of study in addition to the common core courses you take in your first year. You will choose music options and non-music electives to complete your degree.

Year two

33 credits

     MUSC 201 - Theory III: Jazz Harmony and Analysis
     MUSC 207 - Songwriting I
     MUSC 208 - Songwriting II
     MUSC 211 - Composition I
     MUSC 212 - Composition II
     MUSC 213 - Ear Training III
     MUSC 214 - Ear Training IV
     MUSC 215 - Functional Keyboard I
     MUSC 217 - Accompanying I
     MUSC 216 - Functional Keyboard II
     MUSC 218 - Accompanying II
     MUSC 263 - Introduction to Music Technology and Production
     MUSC 294 - Performance Ensemble
     MUSC 295 - Performance Ensemble
     MUSC 361 - Introduction to Music Career Management

Year three

32 credits

     MUSC 202 - Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony
     MUSC 221 - Applied Instrument I
     MUSC 222 - Applied Instrument II
     MUSC 313 - Arranging I: Introduction to Arranging
     MUSC 314 - Arranging II: Arranging for Large Ensembles
     MUSC 396 - Performance Ensemble
     MUSC 397 - Performance Ensemble
     MUSC 326 - Composition III
     MUSC 327 - Composition IV
     MUSC 427 - Cultural Studies of Music
     Music Option

Year four

27 credits

     MUSC 415 - Orchestration
     MUSC 416 - Scoring for Film and Other Visual Media
     MUSC 417 - Composition V
     MUSC 418 - Composition VI
     MUSC 424 - Ethnomusicology
     MUSC 426 - History of Electro-Acoustic Music
     MUSC 474 - Graduation Recital and Portfolio (Composition)
     Music Option (MCM)
     Music Option (MTP)
     Music Option

Composition Major: Music Option Courses

Students must take a minimum of 3 credits in Music Technology options and a minimum of 3 credits in Music Career Management options.

See the list of music options