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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Composition Emphasis, B.A.

B.A. in Music

As a music major, a student concentrates in one of six emphases: performance, performance/musicology, composition, jazz, music technology or music education. These emphases range from 56 to 86 credits. A grade of “C” or better in any course counts toward the major, except where otherwise specified. All music majors, regardless of emphasis, take the following courses:

Select one course: 3 Credits


Students planning graduate work are strongly recommended to complete the study of a language pertinent to their area of research through the 202 level.

Proficiency in Keyboard Skills

All students must pass a proficiency test, at each level, in keyboard skills or take four semesters of keyboard skills classes consisting of:


A grade of “B” or better is required in MUSC 179 . Students will be placed at the appropriate level. [4]

Total: 54 Credits


In addition to the core requirements, students must complete the requirements for one of the following emphases:

Composition Emphasis

Applied Music:

  • Four semesters of applied individual performance at three credits per semester study [12]
  • Six semesters of ensemble participation [12] with at least two semesters of participation in MUSC 309 - UMBC New Music Ensemble .
  • Instrumentalists are required to register for Orchestra or Wind Ensemble for the first four semesters.


(Students must submit a portfolio of compositions to the faculty at the conclusion of MUSC 312  to be approved for continuation in the composition emphasis.)


(Portfolio of compositions for the senior recital must be presented to the faculty at the completion of this course.)