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    Music CompositionBachelor of Music in Music CompositionThe composition curriculum is especially designed for students wishing to prepare themselves as composers in both acoustic and electronic styles. Theincreased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional composer and teacher.

    Click here to view the Suggested Plan of Study (p. 3)

    GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONSPlease use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement. (http://registrar.wvu.edu/gef)

    NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFsyou will need to select.

    General Education Foundations

    F1 - Composition & Rhetoric 3-6

    ENGL 101& ENGL 102

    Introduction to Composition and Rhetoricand Composition, Rhetoric, and Research

    or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing

    F2A/F2B - Science & Technology 4-6

    F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills 3-4

    F4 - Society & Connections 3

    F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past 3

    F6 - The Arts & Creativity 3

    F7 - Global Studies & Diversity 3

    F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree) 9

    Total Hours 31-37

    Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regardingthe GEF course offerings available at their campus.

    Degree RequirementsA minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all major courses

    GEF Requirements 19

    MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts 2

    Music Core Courses

    MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 163 Aural Theory 2 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 164 Written Theory 2 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 177 Introduction to Music Listening 1

    MUSC 189 Music Convocation (Five Semesters) 0

    MUSC 261 Aural Theory 3 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 262 Written Theory 3 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 263 Aural Theory 4 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 264 Written Theory 4 (Minimum grade of B-) 2

    MUSC 270 History of Western Musical Traditions 1 (May fulfill GEF 8) 3

    MUSC 271 History of Western Musical Traditions 2 (May fulfill GEF 6) 3

    MUSC 488 Recital (Capstone) 2

    Composition Courses

    Music Composition 4

    MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Composition (Repeated)

    MUSC 362 Instrumentation and Orchestration 3

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    Upper Division Composition 8

    MUSC 460 Upper Division Composition (Repeated)

    MUSC 461 Counterpoint 2

    MUSC 462 Counterpoint 2

    Select one of the following: 3

    MUSC 463 Analysis of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Music

    MUSC 464 Analysis of Twentieth Century Art Music

    Choose six hours from the following: 6

    MUSC 460A Electronic Music Composition

    MUSC 465 Electronic Music

    MUSC 466 Electronic Music-Digital Audio

    Music Supportive Courses

    MUSC 200 Fundamentals of Conducting 2

    If piano is not principal 4

    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0

    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2

    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1

    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2

    MUSC 134 Piano Class Level 2-2 1/2

    8 semesters of Major Ensemble, selected from the following: * 8

    MUSC 300 Band: Wind Symphony

    MUSC 300A Band: Symphonic

    MUSC 300B Band: Marching

    MUSC 302 University Choral Union

    MUSC 303 Orchestra

    MUSC 305 University Choir

    MUSC 305A University Choir: Concert

    MUSC 353 Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 1

    MUSC 353A Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 2

    4 semesters of Chamber Music, selected form the following: * 4

    MUSC 340 Chamber Music: Brass

    MUSC 341 Chamber Music: Guitar

    MUSC 342 Chamber Music: Piano-4 Hand

    MUSC 343 Chamber Music: Strings

    MUSC 344 Chamber Music: Woodwind

    MUSC 345 Chamber Music: Vocal

    MUSC 346 Chamber Music: Mixed Ensemble

    MUSC 347 Chamber Music: Mountaineer Singers

    MUSC 348 Chamber Music: New Music

    MUSC 349 Chamber Music: Other

    MUSC 353 Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 1

    MUSC 353A Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 2

    MUSC 353B Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group

    MUSC 353C Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group 2

    MUSC 353E Chamber Music: Jazz and Ethnic

    MUSC 353G Chamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble

    MUSC 353H Chamber Music: Jazz Other

    MUSC 353I Chamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble

    Principal Performance Studies

    Select sixteen hours from the following:

    Applied Music 100 level (MUSC 121-127) - 2 semesters 4

    Applied Music 200 level (MUSC 221-227) - 2 semesters 4

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    Applied Music 300 level (MUSC 321-327) - 2 semesters 4

    Applied Music 400 level (MUSC 421-427) - 2 semesters 4

    Foreign Language (in one language - May fulfill GEF 7 & 8) 6

    MUSC 474 Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music 3

    Music History Elective - selected from the following: 3

    MUSC 470 European Music before 1500

    MUSC 471 Music of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

    MUSC 472 Music of the Eighteenth Century

    MUSC 473 Music of the Nineteenth Century

    MUSC 475 History of Jazz (May fulfill GEF 8)

    Proficiency Level Piano

    Proficiency Level

    Total Hours 120

    * Credits may vary. Refer to the School of Music Requirements (http://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/collegeofcreativearts/divisionofmusic) forpolicies related to fulfilling the Major and Chamber Ensemble requirements.

    ** Foreign language courses may also be used towards satisfying GEF 7 & 8 requirements.

    Performance ProficiencyA music major with an emphasis in composition should enter as a freshman having achieved proficiency level four on the major instrument, and mustcomplete proficiency level eight on that instrument before graduation. If piano is not the major instrument, the student must achieve a level four onpiano. The student must reach level four before earning four credits: the remaining credits are treated as free electives. Piano majors reduce totalcurricular credits by four.

    Solo Performance RequirementMajors in this curriculum must present two solo performances on the major instrument in upper-level recitals before graduation.

    Suggested Plan of StudyFirst Year

    Fall Hours Spring Hours

    MUSC Major Ensemble 1 MUSC Major Ensemble 1

    MUSC 122-127D Applied Music 2 MUSC 121-127D Applied Music 2

    MUSC 160 2 MUSC 160 2

    Select one of the following: 1 Select one of the following: 1

    MUSC 130 MUSC 130

    MUSC 131 MUSC 131

    MUSC 132 MUSC 132

    MUSC 133 MUSC 133

    MUSC 134 MUSC 134

    MUSC 161 2 MUSC 163 2

    MUSC 162 2 MUSC 164 2

    MUSC 191 2 MUSC 177 1

    ENGL 101 (GEF 1) 3 MUSC 189 0

    GEF 2 4

    GEF 3

    15 18

    Second Year

    Fall Hours Spring Hours

    MUSC Major Ensemble 1 MUSC Major Ensemble 1

    MUSC 221-227D Applied Music 2 MUSC 221-227D Applied Music 2

    MUSC 460 2 MUSC 460 2

    Select one of the following: 1 Select one of the following: 1

    MUSC 130 MUSC 130

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    MUSC 131 MUSC 131

    MUSC 132 MUSC 132

    MUSC 133 MUSC 133

    MUSC 134 MUSC 134

    MUSC 261 2 MUSC 263 2

    MUSC 262 2 MUSC 264 2

    MUSC 270 (GEF 8) 3 MUSC 271 (GEF 6) 3

    MUSC 189 0 MUSC 189 0

    ENGL 102 (GEF 1) 3 GEF 3

    16 16

    Third Year

    Fall Hours Spring Hours

    MUSC Major Ensemble 1 MUSC Major Ensemble 1

    MUSC Chamber Ensemble 1 MUSC 321-327D Applied Music 2

    MUSC 321-327D Applied Music 2 MUSC Chamber Ensemble 1

    MUSC 465 2 MUSC 466 2

    MUSC 189 0 MUSC 474 3

    MUSC 461 2 MUSC 189 0

    GEF 3 MUSC 462 2

    Foreign Language (GEF 7) 3 Foreign Language (GEF 8) 3

    14 14

    Fourth Year

    Fall Hours Spring Hours

    MUSC Major Ensemble 1 MUSC Major Ensemble 1

    MUSC Chamber Ensemble 1 MUSC Chamber Ensemble 1

    MUSC 421-427D Applied Music 2 MUSC 421-427D Applied Music 2

    MUSC 200 2 MUSC 362 3

    MUSC 460 2 MUSC 460 2

    MUSC 460A 2 MUSC 475 (MUSC History - GEF 8) 3

    Select one of the following: 3 MUSC 488 2

    MUSC 463

    MUSC 464

    13 14

    Total credit hours: 120

    Major Learning GoalsMUSIC COMPOSITIONStudents who earn the Bachelor of Music in Composition will develop:

    Achievement of the highest possible level of skill in the use of basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to develop a composition fromconcept to finished product. This involves the competency to work with both electronic and acoustic media; work with a variety of forms, styles, andnotations; and apply principles of scoring appropriate to particular compositions.

    Fluency in the use of tools needed by composers. This includes keyboard skills, spoken and written language, conducting and rehearsal skills,analytical techniques, and applicable technologies.

    Opportunities to hear fully realized performances of the students original compositions. Public presentation and critical assessment is an essentialexperience.

    MUSC 100. Fundamentals of Music Theory. 1 Hour.An online course designed to prepare students to enter MUSC 162 (Written Theory 1). The course focuses on basic musical concepts including notationof pitch and rhythm, intervals, scales and modes, and keys and key signatures.

    MUSC 101. Band: Concert. 0-2 Hours.(May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credit hours.).

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    MUSC 101A. Band: Varsity. 0-2 Hours.(May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credit hours.).

    MUSC 110. Fundamentals of Music. 3 Hours.(Not open to music majors.) Introductory course designed to develop music reading skills through a systematic presentation of music notation andelementary compositional projects.

    MUSC 111. Introduction to Music. 3 Hours.(Not open to music majors). Introductory course designed to develop an appreciation and understanding of the significance of music as a fine art, and tohelp the student develop intelligent listening habits.

    MUSC 112. Great Composers in Performance. 3 Hours.(Not open to music majors). A study of significant composers and their music. Lectures, in-class musical presentations, concert and rehearsalattendance will: (1) explore relationship of music to the development of society, (2) develop appropriate critical analysis and listening skills.

    MUSC 113. Twentieth Century American Pop Music. 3 Hours.Introduction of history and development of American popular music.

    MUSC 114. Music in the Modern Age. 3 Hours.(Not open to music majors). A survey of American ethnic music reflecting the diversity and multicultural character of music-making, emphasizing style,cultural context, and values attached to music as part of the immigrant experience.

    MUSC 115. Introduction to History of Jazz. 3 Hours.PR: MUSC 111 or consent. (Not open to music majors). An Introduction to jazz, its characteristics, important performers, and their music, including anhistorical survey with attention to the changing style of the music.

    MUSC 116. Music in World Cultures. 3 Hours.(Not open to music majors). Examination of music from various cultures (e.g. Native America, South India, Japan, Africa) within their cultural contexts.

    MUSC 118. Music in Appalachia. 3 Hours.(Not open to music majors). Survey of traditional instrumental and vocal music of southern Appalachia. History, style characteristics, and performancetechniques involving live and recorded examples emphasizing those found in West Virginia.

    MUSC 119. Applied Music: Pipe Organ. 1-4 Hours.(May be repeated for credit.) Audition for placement required. Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson to developtechnical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 120. History of Musical Theatre. 3 Hours.This course explores American musical theatre, one of this country's primary contributions to world culture, covering its origins, components, and itsmajor creative figures.

    MUSC 121. Applied Music: Euphonium. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 121A. Applied Music: Horn. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 121B. Applied Music: Trombone. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 121C. Applied Music: Trumpet. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 121D. Applied Music: Tuba. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 122. Applied Music: Jazz. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Weekly lesson and attendance at the jazz seminar addressing issues related tojazz performance, technology, pedagogy, and business aspects of music.

    MUSC 123. Applied Music: Harpsichord. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 123A. Applied Music: Organ. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

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    MUSC 123B. Applied Music: Piano. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 124. Applied Music: Percussion. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 124A. Applied Music: Drum Set. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 125. Applied Music: Cello. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 125A. Applied Music: Guitar. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 125B. Applied Music: String Bass. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson todevelop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

    MUSC 125C. Applied Music: Viola. 1-4 Hours.Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 hr.) Credit and length of lesson varies dependen...

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