MUSIC THEORY-COMPOSITION - Dept. Code:  MTC


INTRODUCTION

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is designed to (1) provide students with a learning environment conducive to the pursuit, fostering, development, and exchange of ideas and information, particularly as it pertains to music composition, production, and performance; (2) to provide student access varied composition communities; (3) to continue to build upon the Frost School of Music’s reputation as an innovative, forward-thinking, and first-rate center for advanced study; and (4) to maintain the highest educational, professional, and ethical standards. Goals of the program are (1) to provide students with training to be fluent in basic compositional skills; (2) to help students understand various directions that available to composers in the 21st century; and (3) to help students perform, produce, or realize their music.

The Commercial Music & Production track within the Theory & Composition curriculum is designed to prepare undergraduate students for the many issues facing today’s commercial music writers and producers. In this specialized program, successful students complete diverse compositional assignments, develop technical and practical skills in the recording studio, and acquire an understanding of the music industry. Prospective students should furnish evidence of outstanding compositional ability as well as basic sequencing and music notation skills.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

• Students develop basic compositional skills of varying lengths and genres.
• Students compose or produce works utilizing various compositional techniques and styles.
• Students compose works for varied instrumentation and/or media.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Music in Composition


MAJOR

Music Theory and Composition (MTC)
Media Writing & Production (MWP)

 

 

 

MINOR

MINOR IN MUSIC COMPOSITION

A minor in music composition is primarily intended for students in the Frost School of Music who are pursuing majors in other fields within the Frost School.  Students interested in this minor are required to submit a portfolio to the chairman of the department for approval before declaring the minor.  The minor consists of 15 credits.

Composition I (MTC 101) 2 credits
Composition II (MTC 102) 2 credits
Composition III (MTC 201) 2 credits
Composition IV (MTC 202) 2 credits
Composition Workshop (MTC 182) 4 credits
Orchestration (MTC 416) or Twentieth Century Techniques (MTC 312) 3 credits

The curriculum in Composition is designed for those students intending to pursue a career as a composer and/or to pursue graduate degrees in Theory or Composition. Prospective students are expected to furnish evidence of compositional ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC: COMPOSITION
Experiential Music Curriculum
Major Code:  MTC
FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level A) 2
MTC 140 Music Theory I* 2
MCY 140 Experiencing Music*
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I* 1
MTC 107 Skills Ensemble I* 1
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 101 Composition I 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students**   3
18 Spring Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level B) 2
MTC 141 Music Theory II* 2
MCY 141 Musical Trends & Traditions* 2
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II* 1
MTC 108 Skills Ensemble II* 1
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 102 Composition II 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics   3
18
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level C) 2
MTC 240 Music Theory III* 2
MKP 240 Keyboard Studies III* 1
MMI 240 Music Technology I* 1
MTC 207 Skills Ensemble III* 1
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 201 Composition III 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
People & Society Elective   3
14 Spring Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level D) 2
MTC 241 Music Theory IV* 2
MKP 241 Keyboard Studies IV* 1
MMI 241 Music Technology II* 1
MTC 208 Skills Ensemble IV* 1
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 202 Composition IV 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
MTC 313 18th Century Counterpoint 3
Humanities Elective   3
17
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level E) 2
MTC 301 Composition V 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
Large Ensemble 1
MCY 541 Music of the Mediaeval, Renaissance,
    and Baroque 3
MIP 317 Basic Conducting or
MVP 181 Choral Conducting 1
MTC 312 Twentieth Century Techniques   3
13 Spring Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level F) 2
MTC 302 Composition VI 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
Large Ensemble 1
MCY 542 Music of the Classical, Romantic, &
    Modern Periods 3
MIP 418 Instrumental Conducting or
MVP 182 Choral Conducting II 1
MTC 505 Electronic Music Studio 2
MTC 516 Advanced Orchestration 3
MTC 518 Advanced Counterpoint   3
18
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
MTC 401 Composition VII 2
Large Ensemble 1
Second Ensemble 1
MTC 506 MIDI and Control Processing 2
MMI 310 Music Business Essentials 3
MCY Elective 3
Natural World Elective   3
15 Spring Semester
MTC 012 Composition Forum 0
MTC 499 Senior Recital 1
Large Ensemble 1
Second Ensemble 1
MMI 530 Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
MTC Elective 3
Natural World Elective 3
People & Society Elective   3
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* Must pass with grade of C or above.
** Required if Math placement is MTH 101 or lower.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC: COMPOSITION
(Media Writing & Production Track)
Experiential Music Curriculum
Major Code:  MWP
FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level A) 2
MTC 140 Music Theory I* 2
MCY 140 Experiencing Music* 2
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I* 1
MXX 107 Skills Ensemble I* 1
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 101 Composition I 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics   3
18 Spring Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level B) 2
MTC 141 Music Theory II* 2
MCY 141 Musical Trends & Traditions* 2
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II* 1
MXX 108 Skills Ensemble II* 1
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 102 Composition II 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level C) 2
MTC 240 Music Theory III* 2
MKP 240 Keyboard Studies III* 1
MMI 240 Music Technology I* 1
MXX 207 Skills Ensemble III* 1
Large Ensemble 1
Second Ensemble 1
MTC 203 Pop Composition I 2
MTC 167 Electronic Music Seminar
    (Studio Licensing) 1
Approved Elective 3
CAP 114 Introduction to Advertising in Society   3
18 Spring Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level D) 2
MTC 241 Music Theory IV* 2
MKP 241 Keyboard Studies IV* 1
MMI 241 Music Technology II* 1
MXX 208 Skills Ensemble IV* 1
Large Ensemble 1
Second Ensemble 1
MTC 204 Pop Composition II 2
Approved Elective 3
People & Society Elective   3
17
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level E) 2
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 303 Music for Media 3
MTC 312 Twentieth Century Techniques               3
MMI 520 Audio Technology for Musicians or
MSJ 519 Advanced Modern Arranging I 3
MCY 3XX Music History Elective 3
MMI 310 Music Business Essentials   3
18 Spring Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice (Level F) 2
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum 0
Large Ensemble 1
MTC 311 Analysis & experience 3
MTC 304 Multimedia Projects 3
MTC 516 Advanced Orchestration                     3
MMI 530 Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
Humanities Elective   3
18
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
MTC 403 Advanced Music Editing 3
MTC 511 Film Scoring I 3
People and Society Elective 3
MSJ/MTC Approved Elective 3
Natural World Elective   3
15 Spring Semester
MTC 015 Commercial Music & Production Forum 0
MTC 404 Live Performance Musical Direction 3
MTC 499 Senior Recital 1
MTC 512 Film Scoring II 3
Approved Elective 3
Natural World Elective   3
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