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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Composition emphasis B.M.

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Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degree

Major in Composition (until August 2014)

(Major Code: 216)

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum ” section of this catalog.


Music majors cannot receive core credit for MUSI 1306 . MUSI 1208  and MUSI 1209  satisfies “Visual and Performing Arts” in the core curriculum.

Music Core Requirements

 Private study of piano, voice, organ, string, brass, woodwind, percussion instruments, composition and conducting is available to all students of the University on both beginning and advanced levels of instruction. The fee is $30 per semester (for one credit hour) for a half-hour lesson each week or $60 per semester (for two or three credit hours) for an hour lesson each week. (Exception: The fee for voice lessons for two or three credit hours is $260 per semester.)

NOTE: Only 80 hours of music (MUSI), music ensemble (MUEN) and applied music (MUAP) courses can be applied to a bachelor’s degree in music. All other course work must be taken outside the school.

MUAP 10XX (two credit hours for each of four semesters) in performance medium

MUAP 30XX (two credit hours for each of two semesters) in performance medium

MUAP 1087 (two credit hours for each of four semesters) in composition

MUAP 3087 (two credit hours for each of two semesters) in composition

Six semester hours of major ensemble. A minimum of three semesters of lower-division, and the remaining semesters must be upper-division.

Other Requirements

A minimum of eight semesters of major ensemble

 Band (MUEN XX26 or XX27) is the major ensemble for woodwinds, brass and percussion; choir (MUEN XX41 or XX42) for voice; orchestra (MUEN 22x9) for strings; choir for keyboard majors, but keyboard students may choose band or orchestra, respectively, if they can play a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instrument. Transfer students, students who are accepted as music majors after their first semester and other extenuating circumstances may need to be evaluated by the director of the School of Music to determine how many semesters of ensemble at WTAMU are needed for graduation. Any exception to the eight-semester rule must be approved in writing by the director of the School of Music.

Recital, concert, weekly seminar and departmental meeting attendance

Satisfactory senior recital performance before graduation

Four additional hours other than MUSI, MUEN or MUAP

Transfer Students and Residents

All secondary piano students (except those majoring in music with elective studies in business) must satisfy the school’s fourth-semester piano requirements for secondaries in one of two ways:

  1. Students may enroll in MUAP 1069 (one hour) or MUSI 2182 in which fourth-semester requirements are covered and pass the course with a minimum grade of “C,” or
  2. The student can play a proficiency exam before at least two members of the piano faculty during which the student will demonstrate satisfactory mastery of fourth-semester skills. Should the student fail the proficiency exam, he or she must enroll in keyboard study at WTAMU for the purpose of developing the necessary skills.


Curriculum Guide (suggested course sequence)

Major in Composition

Semester 1: 13-15 hrs Semester 2: 18 hrs Semester 1: 16 hrs Semester 2: 16 hrs
Major ensemble Major ensemble MUAP 1087 MUAP 1087
MUSI RCTL MUSI RCTL Major ensemble Major ensemble
MUSI 1372 MUSI 1373 MUSI 2181 MUSI 2182
MUSI 1208 MUSI 1209 MUSI 2372 MUSI 2373
Core (3) Core (3) Lab science (3-4) Lab science core (3-4)
Core (3) Core (3) Core (3) Core (3)
IDS 1071      
Semester 1: 17 hrs Semester 2: 18 hrs Semester 1: 13-15 hrs Semester 2: 15-19 hrs
MUAP 30XX MUAP 30XX MUAP 30XX Senior recital
MUAP 1087 MUAP 1087 MUAP 3087 MUAP 30XX
MUAP 3069 MUAP 3069 Major ensemble MUAP 3087
Major ensemble Major ensemble MUSI RCTL Major ensemble
MUSI 3105 MUSI 3207/3209 MUSI 3256-3270 MUSI 3256-3270
MUSI 3347 MUSI 3349 MUSI 4211/4212/4213/4252 MUSI 3256-3270
MUSI 3256-3270 MUSI 3343 Non-music elective (2-4) Non-music elective (0-4)
MUSI 3256-3270 MUSI 3256-3270   Core (3)
Core Core   Core (3)



*Required of all music majors—Section 44 (1 hour) for students not required to take IDS by the University; Section 56 (3 hours) for students required to take IDS by the University.

**Recommended to be taken during summer sessions because of scheduling conflicts with afternoon music classes and science labs.

†Should be taken concurrently with MUSI 1372 .

††Should be taken concurrently with MUSI 1373 .

NOTE: Enrollment in core curriculum courses, which should be completed as early as possible, during intersessions and summer sessions will reduce course loads during fall and spring semesters.

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