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Bachelor of Music in Composition

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in Composition curriculum provides a foundation for professional and/or commercial compositional activity or graduate degree study leading to college/conservatory teaching credentials in composition and theory.  Students explore a wide variety of musical styles with an emphasis on understanding compositional techniques which may be less familiar to them, such as those of 20th-century art music.  The senior recital requirement may be met by either a full recital of original compositions, or by a half recital of original compositions plus an original work of significant length and form included in another performance. The composer must serve as a performer or conductor for at least one of the pieces on the senior recital.

Degree Requirements, 129 credit hours

Music Requirements*76-78
Applied Composition 16
Music in Christian Perspective: 2
Music Theory 18
Aural Skills 4
Music History & Literature 10
Conducting 4
Instrument Studies 4
Applied Music (Priv. Lessons) 6-18
Music Ensemble Lab ea. Sem. 0
Capstone: Senior Recital 0
Music Electives 6
Integrative Studies (IS)‡ (Liberal Arts)36
Free Electives14-16

* See College Music Catalog for specific requirements and course descriptions.

‡ See College Catalog, for a full description of Houghton’s IS requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree.