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.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
MTC 1121Theory of Music I3
MTC 1141Aural Activities I2
Major Lessons - ____ 1711.5
Major Ensemble0.5
PIA 191Piano Class (Minor)0.5
WRT 120 (General Education Course)Effective Writing I3
General Education Course23
General Education Course23
Recital Attendance 
 Credits16.5
Semester Two
MTC 1131Theory of Music II3
MTC 1151Aural Activities II2
MTC 312Composition I3
Major Lessons - ____ 1721.5
Major Ensemble0.5
PIA 192Piano Class (Minor)0.5
General Education Course (2nd Writing)23
General Education Course 23
Recital Attendance 
 Credits16.5
Year Two
Semester Three
MTC 212Theory of Music III3
MTC 214Aural Activities III2
MTC 313Composition II3
MHL 2101Music History I3
Major Lessons - ____ 2711.5
Major Ensemble0.5
PIA 291Piano class1
General Education Course23
Recital Attendance 
 Credits17
Semester Four
MTC 213Theory of Music IV3
MTC 215Aural Activities IV2
MTC 2732Computer Music3
MTC 412 (suggested)Composition III3
MHL 2111Music History II3
Major Lessons - ___ 2721.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
PIA 2923Piano Class1
Recital Attendance 
 Credits17
Year Three
Semester Five
MTC 341 (fall only)2Orchestration3
MTC 413 (suggested)Composition IV3
16th C. Counterpoint or Music Analysis - MTC - ___1,2,33
MHL 212Music History III3
Major Lessons - ___ 3711.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Music Elective(s)1
Recital Attendance 
 Credits15
Semester Six
MTC 345218th Century Counterpoint3
MTC 418 (suggested)Composition V3
Major Lessons - ___ 3721.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Conducting I - ___ 3112
General Education Course23
General Education Course23
Recital Attendance 
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
16th C. Counterpoint or Music Analysis - MTC - ___1,2,33
Major Lessons - ___ 4711.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Thesis or Recital Prep I - MTC ___3
General Education Course23
General Education Course26
 Credits17
Semester Eight
Major Lessons - ___ 4721.5
Major Ensemble 0.5
Thesis or Recital Prep I - MTC ___3
Thesis or Recital Prep II - MTC ___3
General Education Course23
General Education Course26
 Credits17
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.