There are a number of courses that comprise the “tool” subjects area for any discipline, and composition is no exception. For the undergraduate student, the Frost School of Music Department of Music Theory and Composition requires both comprehensive study in traditional areas like counterpoint, orchestration and conducting as well as a minimum of 2 semesters study in electronic and computer music. The following courses (many of which are open to all music majors) are generally required of all majors in Composition.

MTC 012 Composition Forum
A weekly seminar devoted to discussing significant composers, trends, and issues relevant to the composing profession. Recent guests have included composers John Corigliano, Philip Glass, William Bolcom and Eric Whitacre.

MTC 182 Composition Workshop
A weekly workshop taught by a different faculty member each semester with specific focused composition assignments meant to encourage both new ideas for the individual composer as well as lively discussion.

MTC 101,102, 201, 202 Class Composition
Directed assignments in composition taught in a classroom settings. Students learn about formal structures.