Music Composition

Bachelor of Music

CIP 50.0901

ACCREDITED BY: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 Hours)

University Studies Requirements (32 Hours)

(See University Studies)

Music Courses Requirements (76 Hours)

  • Students will begin music study as a BA/BS Music major. Interested students should take MUS 140 Introduction to Composition in their first spring semester. Near the end of that (and subsequent) semester(s), students can apply for a spot in the composition studio, receiving private one-on-one instruction from a professor. Near the end of a student's first semester of private study, they can make their official application to a be a composition major (usually near the end of their 3rd semester). If they are admitted, students will take 3-credit composition lessons for the rest of the program.

  • In addition to passing the sophomore barrier for their primary instrument, students will submit their composition portfolio in the middle of their third semester of applied study for review. Usually this mid-degree review takes place during their first time taking MUS 341. Students will be expected to show progress and growth in order to continue in the program.

  • Six successful semesters of MUS 101 are required. To successfully complete the course each semester the student must gain credit for 10 approved recitals and have no more than one absence from required assembly programs.

Music Ensembles (6 Hours)

  • Students are required to participate in a major ensemble involving their primary instrument concurrent with every semester of applied music study. Major ensembles include Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, University Orchestra, Concert Choir, Vox Lumina, Una Voce. Some performance areas have more specific requirements. Students should consult their advisors and applied lesson teachers for detailed requirements.

Music Electives (6 Hours)

additional information

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.


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