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B.M. in Composition

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is designed to develop fundamental craft and technical skills, to encourage independent stylistic development and artistic excellence, and to give students the real-world experiences and practical professional skills needed for the many different careers open to today's composer. Student composers collaborate with not only the Division of Music’s outstanding faculty and student performers, and our highly-supportive ensembles, but also with students in dance, theatre, video and film, and digital gaming, allowing them to find their own unique artistic path and to facilitate performances of their music in a wide variety of venues both on and off campus. Beyond coursework, our students have access to numerous professional portfolio-building resources, such as our modern electronic music studio and professional score/part preparation station, that give students that all-important edge when presenting their music to others.

Music Composition admission requirements:
Students applying for admission to the Music Composition program must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Undergraduate Audition Repertoire section of this website; submit a composition portfolio consisting of 2-5 scores in PDF file format with accompanying MP3 recordings or YouTube/Vimeo videos of performances (live preferred, but MIDI realizations are acceptable); a 1-2 page written statement of their composition interest, background, and goals in PDF or MS Word format; and complete a theory and aural skills examination. On-campus interviews are strongly recommended on your audition date.

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Degree Requirements

The following is the current course of study for the degree. Current students should refer to the SMU Catalog (maintained by the Registrar's Office) listings under their year of matriculation to find their authoritative degree plan.

Requirements for the Degree Credit Hours
UC/GEC Requirements varies

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 1020 Music Pathways: Exploring Meadows and Your Future (one enrollment fall term of first year)
0

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 1010 Recital Attendance
0

Composition and Theory

  • MUTH 1129 Musicianship I
  • MUTH 1130 Musicianship II
  • MUTH 1229 Music Theory I
  • MUTH 1230 Music Theory II
  • MUTH 2129 Musicianship III
  • MUTH 2130 Musicianship IV
  • MUTH 2229 Music Theory III
  • MUTH 2230 Music Theory IV
12

Composition and Theory

  • MUTH 3350 Form and Analysis
  • MUTH 4300 Analysis of Contemporary Music
  • MUTH 4310 Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music
  • MUTH 5360 Advanced Orchestration
  • MUTH 5370 Survey of Counterpoint
15

Composition and Theory

  • MUTH 3200 Private Composition
  • or
  • MUTH 3300 Private Composition
16

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • MSA 3310 Fundamentals of Audio and Sound
3

Music History and Literature

  • MUHI 1202 Introduction to Music in World Societies
  • MUHI 3301 Survey of Music History I
  • MUHI 3302 Survey of Music History II
8

Class Instruction for Performance

  • PERB 1131 Class Piano
  • PERB 1132 Class Piano
  • PERB 2131 Class Piano or 1233 Advanced Class Piano
  • PERB 2132 Class Piano or 1234 Advanced Class Piano
4

Private Studies 3200 or 3100

4

Recitals

  • MURE 4201 Senior Recital for Voice Majors
2

Conducting

  • MUCO 3208 Fundamentals of Choral Conducting
  • MUCO 3209 Fundamentals of Instrumental Conducting
2

Performance Ensemble / Class Instruction for Performance

  • PERE/PERB Ensemble (must include two terms of large ensemble and one term of PERB 3116)
8

Music Electives

4

Community Experience

  • MSA 1001
  • or
  • MSA 1101
0-1

Free Electives (hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements)

varies
  122*

*GEC students are required to complete a minimum of 125 term credit hours, and are exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations.


Each year, students are expected to organize at least one performance of an original work (completed in their studies) in a general/studio recital or another appropriate venue or medium, such as a film score, incidental music, a dance collaboration or an electronic music installation.

Attendance at regularly schedule composition seminars is expected of all students enrolled in private composition study; failure to attend will be reflected in the grade given for composition.


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