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Bachelor of Music in Composition (Non-Piano Applied Emphasis)

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

The Bachelor of Music in Composition curriculum is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career as a professional composer or as a college teacher of theory and composition. Your creative skills are guided and developed through intense study in and the practical application of 20th century art music (but the curriculum does not include work in popular idioms or jazz).

You will learn:

• a variety of techniques in the composition of original music

• to compose in a variety of genres

• to have scores performed in a variety of settings

• musicianship in solo and ensemble performance

• knowledge of music theory, music history, world music and music technology

• the ability to express ideas orally and in writing

You’ll attend a variety of public performances and events and participate in weekly, hour-long private lessons and studio classes.

Through Shenandoah’s EDGE New Music Series, world-class composers and performers specializing in contemporary music are brought to campus, where they participate in master classes, private lessons and clinics.

Due to the rigorous competition in the field, continued study at the graduate level constitutes the minimum standard of professional status.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

What makes our program unique?

The undergraduate (and subsequent graduate) Composition degree at Shenandoah University is unlike any in the region, focusing on equal parts craft and real-world practical know-how crucial for survival and success in the field, either inside or outside of academic environments.

You’ll work with exceptionally gifted and professionally active faculty in an innovative, inspiring and invigorating environment, participating in weekly, hour-long private lessons and studio classes.

We provide a supportive community where you can develop your craft while honestly assessing your artistic purpose.

Shenandoah offers an immersive new music performance series, extensive performance opportunities and recordings of your works.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Music in Composition 2012-2013 
Non-Piano Applied Emphasis

1st year – Fall 
APMC 102 Applied Composition (2) 
AP 101 Applied Minor (1) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum(0.5) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MUPP 233 Voice Class (non-voice minors only) (1) 
MUTC 101 Intro. to Music Theory (2) 
MUTC 310 Music Notation (2) 
ENG 101 English Composition (3) 
FYS 101 Going Global: First Year Seminar (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5 
Non-Voice Minor Total 16.5

1st year – Spring 
APMC 102 Applied Composition (2) 
AP 101 Applied Minor (1) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MULT 203 History of Western Music 1 (with MLLB-203) (2) 
MUTC 102 Diatonic Harmony and Simple Forms (3) 
MUTC 109 Ear Training (2) 
General Edu. Elective: Effective Comm. (3)
Recommended: MCOM-150 (Principles of Public Speaking) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5

2nd year – Fall 
APMC 202 Applied Composition (2) 
AP 201 Applied Minor (1) 
PRF 201 Health Issues for Artists (0.5) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MUTC 201 Chromatic Harmony and Compound Forms (3) 
MUTC 203 Intermediate Aural Skills (1) 
MUTC 205 Intermediate Sightsinging (1) 
MUTC 421 Arranging (2) 
Foreign Language Elective (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5

2nd year – Spring 
APMC 202 Applied Composition (2) 
AP 201 Applied Minor (1) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MULT 204 History of Western Music 2 (with MLLB-204) (2.5) 
MUTC 202 20th Century Theory (2) 
MUTC 204 Advanced Aural Skills (1) 
MUTC 206 Advanced Sightsinging (1) 
MUTC 422 Instrumentation (2) 
Foreign Language Elective (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 17

3rd year – Fall 
APMC 302 Applied Composition (2) 
AP Applied Piano Minor (1) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
MUCO 361 Begin. Choral & Instr. Conducting (1.5) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MULT 205 History of Western Music 3 (with MLLB-205) (2.5) 
MUTC 107 Keyboard Harmony 1 (non-APCP students) (1)  
MUTC 415 Contemporary Styles (2) 
MUTC 419 MIDI & Electronic Music (2) 
General Edu. Elective: Math (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 16.5 
With MUTC 107 17.5

3rd year – Spring 
APMC 302 Applied Composition (2) 
AP Applied Piano Minor (1) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MULT World Music Elective (1) 
MUCO 363 Choral Conducting OR (1.5) 
MUCO 364 Instrumental Conducting 
MUTC 108 Keyboard Harmony 2 (non-APCP students) (1) 
MUTC 420 Electronic Music Synthesis (1) 
General Edu. Elective: Lab Science (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 12 
With MUTC 108 13

4th year – Fall 
APMC 402 Applied Composition (2) 
AP Applied Piano Minor (1) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MULT 402 Oratorio/Choral Literature (3) 
MUTC 401 Form & Analysis 1 (2)
MUTC 408 16th Century Counterpoint (2) OR 
MUTC 409 18th Century Counterpoint 
General Edu. Elective: Moral Reasoning (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15

4th year – Spring 
APMC 402 Applied Composition (2) 
AP Applied Piano Minor (1) 
MUEN Ensemble (2) 
MULT 401 Symphonic Literature (3) 
MUTC 402 Form & Analysis (2) 
MU Music Electives (2) 
General Edu. Elective: (3)Choose from Domains 1, 3, 4, 5, or 6  
SEMESTER TOTAL 15

DEGREE TOTAL 123 
WITH MUTC 107 AND 108 125 
DEGREE TOTAL FOR VOICE MINOR 122 
Voice Minor with MUTC 107 and 108 124