BM Four-Year Degree Plan: Composition

  

Composition track

Bachelor of Music

The five track options offered within the music degree can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Degree options

The music department offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree that can be taken with a focus in one of five areas, as well as a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree.

Below is the four-year degree plan for the Bachelor of Music composition track. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

Sample schedule

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I 0
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 327 Composition Class 2
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble 1
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours14

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III 3
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III 0
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
MUS 516 Composition I 2-4
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble 1
Foreign language 3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Writing II 3
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV 3
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
MUS 517 Composition II 2-4
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Keyboard Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 3
Foreign language 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (with lab) - General Education 4
Piano Proficiency Exam 0
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
MUS 328 Instrumentation 2
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
MUS 520 Composition III 2-4
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Keyboard Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 1
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI 0
MUS 313 16th Century Counterpoint 2
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
MUS 521 Composition IV 2-4
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Keyboard Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 321 Conducting 2
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
MUS 512 Electronic Music 3
MUS 521 Composition IV 2-4
Advanced Music History 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Keyboard Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours17

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 314 18th Century Counterpoint 2
MUS 315 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
Advanced Music History 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble 1
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Music Assessment Exam 0
Total hours12
Degree plan last reviewed 06-21-2018.