The Major in Composition

Students in the Bachelor of Music in Composition degree program undergo intense, professional training in all facets of composition.  Each student has a weekly private lesson and also participates in the Composition Studio Class, which meets weekly to discuss topics in the field of composition and contemporary music.  Each semester, the studio presents a student-produced recital where works completed that term are performed and recorded at a public concert.  All composition majors continue study on their major instrument, and are expected to perform at a very high level.  The philosophy of the University of Redlands Composition Studio embraces and promotes a high level of musicianship, stylistic diversity, technical proficiency, musical sensitivity, aesthetic engagement, and creating a positive, supportive space for musical growth. 

Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:

  • MUS 438 Composition—12 credits
  • MUAP 300–399 Private Instruction on the Major Instrument or Voice—8 credits
  • MUSI 124 Introduction to Voice
  • MUS 299 Upper Division Qualifying Examination
  • MUS 354 Counterpoint
  • MUS 356 Orchestration—4 credits
  • MUS 399A Junior Recital
  • MUS 402 Twentieth Century Music
  • MUS 498A Full Senior Recital
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble—8 credits
  • Chamber Ensemble—4 credits

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