2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jun 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Composition, Bachelor of Music

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program in Composition will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate essential competencies in musicianship skills in written theory, aural skills, keyboard musicianship, and music technology.
  2. Show applied music skills in one primary performance area.
  3. Recount the essential outlines of music history, music literature and an awareness of significant non-western musical styles.
  4. Articulate a clear application of the concepts of calling, role, path, and purpose as they apply to the student’s music discipline.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of advanced tonal, timbral, and formal concepts.
  6. Synthesize applications of diverse genres and media in the composition of original works using small and large ensembles, atonal materials, and electronic media.
  7. Produce a substantial body of original compositions using a variety of tonal languages, performance forces, and expressive content.

Core Curriculum

(Required of all Music majors)

Applied Music and Ensembles

Total Core: 31 Units

Total Required: 42 Units

Total Program: 73 Units

Total Degree (with FE): 132 Units

Special Requirements

  1. A solo Junior Recital of at least 30 minutes given during the junior year is required of Music majors selecting a major in Performance. Music Education majors are required to give a Solo Recital for Music Education of at least 30 minutes during the junior or senior year.The student must achieve the 3000-level of proficiency before scheduling the Junior Recital. The student must also enroll for the appropriate level of applied study during the semester of the recital performance.
  2. Students accepted into performance degree programs must achieve the 3000-level of proficiency in their performing area and give a Junior Recital during their junior year. They must also achieve the 4000- level of proficiency and give a solo Senior Recital during their senior year. The performance degree programs are reserved for students of marked talent and proficiency.
  3. For graduation, Bachelor of Music and Music Education majors must earn credit in a one-unit ensemble for a minimum of eight semesters. Bachelor of Arts majors must earn credit in a one-unit ensemble for a minimum of four semesters. Wind, string, and percussion students meet this requirement by performing in the Concert Band or Chamber Orchestra. Vocalists meet this requirement by performing in Chorale, Concert Choir, or Point Loma Singers. Keyboard students may choose either choral or instrumental ensembles.
  4. Music majors are required to perform in Monday afternoon student recitals at least once per semester until applied study requirements are completed.


LIT 2000  is a recommended FE course.

Transfer students and PLNU students changing their major to Music in the BMUS degree must complete one unit of ensemble and two units of applied music each semester.

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