With a degree in music and a major in music composition, you will develop a technical proficiency enabling artist creativity and self-expression. You’ll understand how composers function professionally in society, be able to compose and arrange music for private and public performance, and be prepared for advanced professional study in music.

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Music Composition 

With a degree in music and a major in music composition, you will develop a technical proficiency enabling artist creativity and self-expression. You’ll understand how composers function professionally in society, be able to compose and arrange music for private and public performance, and be prepared for advanced professional study in music.

 

Course Requirements (78-80 hours)

 

MUSC 105: Music Theory I (4 hrs.)

MUSC 106: Music Theory II (4 hrs.)

MUSC 205: Music Theory III (3 hrs.)

MUSC 206: Music Theory IV (3 hrs.)

MUSC 226: Music Literature (3 hrs.) (hours counted in core)

MUSC 247: Conducting Fundamentals (1 hr.)

MUSC 305: Counterpoint (2 hrs.)>

MUSC 306: Orchestration (2 hrs.)

MUSC 307: Composition I (3 hrs.)

MUSC 308: Composition II (3 hrs.)

MUSC 325: Music History I (3 hrs.)

MUSC 326: Music History II (3 hrs.)

MUSC 405: Form and Analysis (2 hrs.)

MUSC 446: Choral Conducting (1 hr.)

MUSC 447: Instrumental Conducting (1 hr.)

MUSC 491: Composition III (3 hrs.)

MUSC 492: Composition IV (3 hrs.)

MUSC 497: Composition Presentation (1 hr.)

MIBS 150: Introduction to Music Technology (3 hrs.)

 

Primary Applied (12 hours)

Performance Groups (9 hours with a minimum of one hour being in a small ensemble)

 

Secondary Applied (4-5 hours)

For Piano: Organ (2 hours); Voice (2 hours); Applied elective (1 hour)

For Organ and Vocal: Piano (4 hours); Applied elective (1 hour)

For Instrumental: Piano (4 hours)

 

Required by Concentration (6-7 hours) 

For Piano

            MUSC 259: Advanced Piano Skills (1 hr.)

            MUSC 426: Piano Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 455: Piano Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Organ

            MUSC 259: Advanced Piano Skills (1 hr.)

            MUSC 427: Organ Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 459: Organ Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Instrumental

            MUSC 349: Instrumental Methods and Literature (2 hrs.)

            MUSC 428: Instrumental Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 450: Instrumental Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Vocal

            MUSC 257: Voice Diction (1 hr.)

            MUSC 425: Vocal Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 457: Vocal Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

 

TOTAL Music with a major in Composition: 78-80 hours

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

Careers

With a major in music composition, you will be prepared to be a composer/performer and compose music for radio, television, film, video games, and more. You’ll also be able to be a college or university professor in music theory and composition.

 

Alumni

Doug Singer works full-time as a university accompanist, church musician, and freelance composer of choral, sacred, and symphonic works.

 

Josh Cogan works full-time in church music and is a published composer of praise and worship music.

 

Erin Dalton works full-time as a piano teacher, music composer, and music entertainer/performer.

Contact

Dr. Matt Whitfield

Phone: (704) 406-4457

E-mail: mwhitfield@gardner-webb.edu