Music Theory and Composition

About the Minor

The minor in music theory and composition is aimed at people who are writing their own music or who would like to begin doing so. Students will take courses in music theory, arranging, composition, and digital composition, and end with a portfolio of several completed pieces.

MUSC 121Music Theory I3.0
MUSC 122Music Theory II3.0
MUSC 229Modern Arranging Techniques3.0
MUSC 125Ear Training I1.0
MUSC 249Digital Music Composition3.0
MUSC 231Music History I3.0
MUSC 232Music History II3.0
MUSC 252Music Composition3.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
MUSC 241Private Lesson (*)2.0
Ensembles (**)
Total Credits27.0

 Students are strongly encouraged to register for the section designated for composition.


 Ensembles (6 terms from MUSC 101 to MUSC 118)

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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