Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Composition

School of Music

The B.M. with a Concentration in Composition offers extensive training to develop analytical skills leading to the comprehension of the structure and form of music of all styles and periods, and to develop creative skills enabling the student to write in a contemporary idiom and to develop an individual style.

General Education Requirements
English Composition Requirements6
Mathematics Requirement3
Public Speaking Requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Required Music History Courses9
MHL 210Music History I 13
MHL 211Music History II 13
MHL 212Music History III 13
Required Music Theory Courses23
MTC 112Theory of Music I 13
MTC 113Theory of Music II 13
MTC 114Aural Activities I 12
MTC 115Aural Activities II 12
MTC 212Theory of Music III3
MTC 213Theory of Music IV3
MTC 214Aural Activities III2
MTC 215Aural Activities IV2
MTC 342Music Analysis3
Required Composition Courses15
MTC 273Computer Music3
MTC 312Composition I3
MTC 313Composition II3
MTC 341Orchestration3
MTC 34416th Century Counterpoint3
OR MTC 345 18th Century Counterpoint
Recommended Composition Courses
MTC 412Composition III3
MTC 413Composition IV3
MTC 418Composition V3
Senior Project
MTC 487Senior Recital Preparation I3
MTC 488Senior Recital Preparation II3
Major Lessons12
Major Ensembles4-8
Piano3
Conducting2
VOC 311Choral Conducting I2
OR AIC 311
Music Electives 4
Recital Attendance
Total Minimum Credits Required120
1

Minimum grade of C- required.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
MTC 112 Theory of Music I 1 3
MTC 114 Aural Activities I 1 2
Major Lessons - ____ 171 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
PIA 191 Piano Class (Minor) 0.5
WRT 120 Effective Writing I (General Education Course) 3
General Education Course 2 3
General Education Course 2 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits16.5
Semester Two
MTC 113 Theory of Music II 1 3
MTC 115 Aural Activities II 1 2
MTC 312 Composition I 3
Major Lessons - ____ 172 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
PIA 192 Piano Class (Minor) 0.5
General Education Course (2nd Writing) 2 3
General Education Course 2 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits16.5
Year Two
Semester Three
MTC 212 Theory of Music III 3
MTC 214 Aural Activities III 2
MTC 313 Composition II 3
MHL 210 Music History I 1 3
Major Lessons - ____ 271 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
PIA 291 Piano class 1
General Education Course 2 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits17
Semester Four
MTC 213 Theory of Music IV 3
MTC 215 Aural Activities IV 2
MTC 273 Computer Music 2 3
MTC 412 Composition III (suggested) 3
MHL 211 Music History II 1 3
Major Lessons - ___ 272 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
PIA 292 Piano Class 3 1
Recital Attendance  
 Credits17
Year Three
Semester Five
MTC 341 Orchestration (fall only) 2 3
MTC 413 Composition IV (suggested) 3
16th C. Counterpoint or Music Analysis - MTC - ___ 1,2,3 3
MHL 212 Music History III 3
Major Lessons - ___ 371 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Music Elective(s) 1
Recital Attendance  
 Credits15
Semester Six
MTC 345 18th Century Counterpoint 2 3
MTC 418 Composition V (suggested) 3
Major Lessons - ___ 372 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Conducting I - ___ 311 2
General Education Course 2 3
General Education Course 2 3
Recital Attendance  
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
16th C. Counterpoint or Music Analysis - MTC - ___ 1,2,3 3
Major Lessons - ___ 471 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Thesis or Recital Prep I - MTC ___ 3
General Education Course 2 3
General Education Course 2 6
 Credits17
Semester Eight
Major Lessons - ___ 472 1.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Thesis or Recital Prep I - MTC ___ 3
Thesis or Recital Prep II - MTC ___ 3
General Education Course 2 3
General Education Course 2 6
 Credits17
 Total Credits132
1

Grade of C- or higher required.

2

Course availability varies; may be interchanged with another course.

3

Music Analysis is a prereq for Senior Thesis I.