Jun 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Composition, B.A.

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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. 

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Major Requirements

  • 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  

Course Requirements

Additional Music Requirements (23 credits)

Complete 23 credits from the following:

Recital Preparation

Complete 8 credits of the following:

Private Lessons and Ensembles (18 credits)

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 .

Foreign Language

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

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