Composition (B.M.)

The Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Composition is a professional degree that prepares students for careers as composers and/or for graduate studies in composition and related fields such as film composing and music theory. Successful completion of this degree requires that the candidate give a public recital of his or her original compositions. To enter the program, students must be able to read notated music and demonstrate strong technical proficiency in voice or on an instrument. Composition students at UIW concentrate on classical (art music) style; jazz studies are possible through elective credits. Contact Dr. Ken Metz at metz@uiwtx.edu for more information on this degree.

70-74 credit hours in Music

Recommend sequence of courses in the major: For a current degree sequence please visit the department's website.

A. 48 credit hours of musicianship:

MUSI 1110Freshman Music Seminar

MUSI 1191Aural Skills I

MUSI 1192Aural Skills II

MUSI 2193Advanced Aural Skills III

MUSI 2194Advanced Aural Skills IV

MUSI 1321Music Theory I

MUSI 1322Music Theory II

MUSI 2323Music Theory III

MUSI 3324Music Theory IV

MUSI 1111Keyboard Skills I

MUSI 1121Keyboard Skills II

MUSI 2110Keyboard Skills III

MUSI 2120Keyboard Skills IV

MUSI 3323Orchestration

MUSI 3327Counterpoint

MUSI 3341Music History I

MUSI 3342Music History II


MUSI 3348Studies in World Music


MUSI 3351Music in the Asian Theater


MUSI 4323Form and Analysis

MUSI 4341Research and Writing in Music

MUSI 4344Conducting

MUST 2325Studio Arranging

MUSI 1110 must be complete twice.

B. 16 credit hours of additional coursework and Applied Music:

Note: All entering freshmen seeking the Bachelor of Music in Composition emphasis must register for either MUAP 1176 or MUAP 1154 and must register for a major ensemble.

10 credit hours of principal instrument, either voice or on focused instrument:

Vocal track:
MUAP 1176Private Instruction: Voice

MUAP 1177Private Instruction: Voice

MUAP 2276Private Instruction: Voice

MUAP 2277Private Instruction: Voice

MUAP 3276Private Instruction: Voice

MUAP 3277Private Instruction: Voice

Instrumental track:
MUAP 1154Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 1155Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 2254Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 2255Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 3254Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 3255Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 4254Private Instruction: Instrumental

MUAP 4255Private Instruction: Instrumental

6 credit hours of major ensembles:

Cardinal Band, Cardinal Chorale, Orchestra, or Wind Ensemble (See Ensemble Policies further in this section)

C. 12 credit hours Composition Instruction and Recital:

12 credit hours of Private Instruction in Composition

MUAP 2256Private Instruction: Composition

MUAP 2257Private Instruction: Composition

MUAP 3256Private Instruction: Composition

MUAP 3257Private Instruction: Composition

MUAP 4256Private Instruction: Composition

MUAP 4257Private Instruction: Composition

Recital Requirement
MUAP 4090Composition Recital

Recital: Students seeking a Bachelor of Music in Composition will perform a senior composition recital that will be at least 1/2 hour in duration. See Recital Policies in the UIW Department of Music Student Handbook.

D. Core Curriculum

E. Electives to equal 120 semester hours