2022-23 University Bulletin 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2022-23 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music: Composition Concentration, B.S.

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NY State Program Code: 04113
HEGIS Code: 1005.00
CIP Code: 50.0901

(46 credits)

The Concentration in Composition for the Bachelor of Science in Music provides training for young composers in preparation for graduate studies as well as professional activities outside academia. Students in this concentration have the opportunity to work with faculty members of the department in order to develop a strong body of compositions. A seminar as well as private lessons in composition are complemented by courses in counterpoint, conducting, and orchestration. Academic work is supplemented by workshops, readings, lectures, and performances of student works by guest artists and composers.

The portfolio requirement will help students prepare and strengthen their graduate school application. All B.S. in Music Majors are required to perform a Senior Recital for their Capstone. Student Composers may choose to have their compositions performed as part of their Senior Recital, a recording of which should be submitted as part of their portfolio.

Unless their principal instrument is piano, students are also encouraged to take either the 4-semester sequence of Keyboard Proficiency (4 credits in total) or Basic Keyboard Skills (2 credits, repeatable) as well as a small ensemble for 4 semesters (0.5-1 credit, repeatable). Consult adviser for possible small ensemble electives, as well as the structure of the current B.S. in Music. Composition Concentration Adviser: Sidney Boquiren.

General Education

All students must satisfy the University’s General Education requirements , in addition to the requirements for the major. Students completing the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must also satisfy the University’s foreign language requirement. There is no University requirement for a foreign language for the B.A. degree awarded by other schools of the University or for other bachelor’s degrees such as the B.S. or B.F.A. 

Concentration Requirements

(an additional 16 credits)


Concentrations are not required for major but they do provide training to students in preparation for graduate studies as well as professional activities outside of academia. A concentration in composition requires an additional 16 credits beyond the 46 credits for a B.S. in Music.

MUE 380   is a co-requisite Group Instruction Labs.  0.50 x 4 times = 2.00 credits total

Semester Sequence

Degree: B.S.
Required GPA: 2.0
Credits Required for Major: 46
Credits Required to Graduate: 120

Course Credits Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior
    Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
MUA (0195) 110 Theory & Harmony I 3              
MUA (0195) 111 Theory & Harmony II 3              
MUA (0195) 112 Aural Skills & Musicianship I 1              
MUA (0195) 113 Aural Skills & Musicianship II 1                
MUA (0195) 114 Keyboard Proficiency I 1                
MUA (0195) 115 Keyboard Proficiency II 1    ✓              
MUA (0195) 210 Theory & Harmony III 3              
MUA (0195) 211 Theory & Harmony IV 3              
MUA (0195) 212 Aural Skills and Musicianship III 1              
MUA (0195) 213 Aural Skills and Musicianship IV 1                
MUA (0195) 216 Keyboard Proficiency III 1                
MUA (0195) 217 Keyboard Proficiency IV 1        ✓          
MUA (0195) 310 Form and Analysis 3            
MUH (0196) 123 Music History I 3              
MUH (0196) 220 Music History II 3        ✓        
MUH (0196) 223 Music History III 3              
MUH (0196) 290 Arts & Creative Process 3                ✓
MUH (0196) 320 Music History IV 3              
Senior Recital 0              
Private Instruction1 0.5 All eight semesters (4 credits total)
Large Ensemble Performance2 0.5 All eight semesters (4 credits total)
1Students must register each semester for a .5 credit course in any of the following areas:
Piano, Brass, Guitar, String, Percussion, Harpsichord, Woodwind, Voice, Organ
2Students must register each semester for a .5 credit course in any of the following three large ensembles:
Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, Concert Band


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