Aug 14, 2022
Offered by Music .
Students in the Music Composition, B.A. receive a solid grounding in music theory and composition, preparing them for graduate school and work as a professional musician. Students are required to continue to study an instrument and perform while they take composition classes and private study, culminating in a senior recital of their works. Often performance faculty, all of whom are experts in contemporary performance techniques, serve as advisors or collaborators with student composers. Composition majors benefit from the many composers and contemporary ensembles who perform annually at UMBC, an award-winning center for contemporary music in the Baltimore-Washington region. Students cite access to performance faculty who are experts in contemporary music, the Sonic Arts Lab, and professional recordings of all their performances as major benefits of the program.
- Minimum 90 credits
- Minimum grade of 'C' in courses applied to the major, except where otherwise indicated
- Students submit portfolios after MUSC 312 and third semester of MUSC 401
Music Core (26 credits)
Complete the following, including MUSC 179 and MUSC 211 with a minimum grade of 'B':
Additional Music Requirements (23 credits)
Complete 23 credits from the following:
200-Level Music Theory Sequence
Complete one of the following 6-credit sequences:
Complete 8 credits of the following:
Private Lessons and Ensembles (18 credits)
Complete 12 credits from the following:
Complete 6 ensemble courses over 6 different semesters selected from the following, including a minimum of 2 credits from MUSC 309 :
Composition (23 credits)
Complete the following:
Projects in Composition or Music Production
Complete 9 credits from three semesters of MUSC 401 or one semester of MUSC 428 and two semesters of MUSC 401 .
Students planning graduate work are strongly recommended to complete the study of a language pertinent to their area of research through the 202 level.