2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    
    Oct 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Music Composition, BMus


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Contact

Nicholas Scherzinger, Chair, Department of Music Composition, Theory and History
120B Crouse College, 315-443-3907, nscherzi@syr.edu

Faculty

Joseph Downing, Nicholas Scherzinger, Natalie Draper, Loren Loiacono

Description

The B.Mus. degree program in composition offers students individual instruction in composition and the opportunity to develop a wide range of musical skills, including solid performance skills on at least one instrument, thorough training in music theory and history, and an exhaustive study of instrumentation and orchestration.

Student Learning Outcomes


Principal Performance Area (Lower Division Sequence):

a. demonstrate functional and artistic self-expression at the appropriate level.

b. perform a cross-section of repertoire.

Secondary Performance Area/Keyboard Competency (Lower Division Sequence):

a. demonstrate functional keyboard skills to support musicianship at the appropriate level.

Harmony & Analysis (Lower Division Sequence):

a. identify/describe common elements and organizational patterns of music and their aural and verbal analysis.

b. identify/describe musical forms, processes, and structures.

Aural Skills & Analysis (Lower Division Sequence):

a. produce and recognize music at the appropriate level.

Ensemble Performance (Lower Division Sequence):

a. demonstrate artistry and technical skills in an ensemble setting.

b. demonstrate collaborative competency and knowledge of the ensemble’s repertoire.

History & Repertoire (Lower Division Sequence):

a. describe music history and identify repertoire through the present time, including the study and experience of musical languages and cultures.

Principal Performance Area (Upper Division Sequence):

a. demonstrate functional and artistic self-expression at the appropriate level.

b. perform a cross-section of repertoire.

Ensemble Performance (Upper Division Sequence):

a. demonstrate artistry and technical skills in an ensemble setting.

b. demonstrate collaborative competency and knowledge of the ensemble’s repertoire.

Music Conducting (Upper Division Sequence):

a. work as a leader, and in collaboration, on matters of musical interpretation.

Composition Major Senior Recital:

a. demonstrate skills for functional and artistic self-expression at the appropriate level.

b. demonstrate the ability to compose a cross-section of repertoire.

Program Requirements


To reflect preparation for the Senior Composition Recital, upper-division credits in the Composition Area increase from 2 to 3 credits per hour of instruction.

Ensembles: 8 credits


One Ensemble required for each semester in residence (must include a minimum of 4 Large Ensembles)


Weekly Student Convocations: 0 credits


Required for each semester in residence


Senior Composition Recital


Senior Composition Recital is entered as a Milestone on the student transcript

Academic Electives: 24 credits


Foreign Language (4 credits)

Social Sciences (6 credits)

Arts & Sciences Electives (3 credits)

IDEA Elective (3 credits)

FYS 101 - First Year Seminar (1 credit)

Academic Electives (7 credits)

  • HOM Courses allowed as Academic Electives
  • Up to 3 credits may be from Physical Education​​​​​​​

Total Credits Required: 123


Degree Awarded: BMus Music Composition


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