The Undergraduate Minor in Composition
|John Paul Rehearsal Hall, School of Music|
You don't need to be a composition major to take lessons and hear your music performed! If you write music and want to develop your writing skills, and if you would like to hear your music read and performed, an undergraduate minor in Composition is a rewarding way for you to accomplish all of these goals.
We welcome composers as majors, minors, or non-majors. Writing music, in some form, plays a role in most musicians' careers, and we encourage you to explore your creative interests at CUA whether or not you are a composition major.
The minor in Composition is currently available to School of Music students and comprises 23 credit hours, some of which may already be included in your major coursework.
Admission to the minor in Composition requires the submission of a portfolio of at least one completed composition (scores and, if available, live recordings, not MIDI realizations) to the Composition faculty for approval, as well as an interview with Composition faculty members. Please consult the head of composition, Dr. Stephen Gorbos, to learn more about the minor.
Undergraduate Minor in Composition Curriculum
|MUPI ___||Private Composition lessons (Jury required each semester)||4 semesters @ 3 cr.||12 cr.|
|MUS 404||Composition Seminar||4 semesters @ 1 cr.||4 cr.|
|MUS 323||Orchestration (or MUS 381 : Advanced Orchestration)*||1 semester @ 3 cr.||3 cr.|
|MUS 434||Counterpoint||1 semester @ 3 cr.||3 cr.|
|MUS 473||Introduction to Electronic Composition||1 semester @ 1 cr.||1 cr.|
Composition Minor Recital**
|Total Credits for Composition Minor:
* If the student has already taken MUS 323, MUS 381 will be substituted.