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Music and Dance


BM - Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Composition

Private composition lessons are at the heart of this degree program, with many opportunities for students to hear their own works performed by other students and faculty members. Composition students also meet regularly as a group with the faculty coordinator to hear and discuss their compositions. Students in this program must complete both junior and senior projects in addition to the regular course of study. A grade of C- or better is required in all music courses.


Course Requirements

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major6-9
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
MUSC 120. Worlds of JazzS3
Students must also satisfy piano proficiency; this requirement may be satisfied with completion of MUSC 025A, MUSC 025B, and MUSC 025C0-3
Requirement of the Major72
Core Courses50
MUSC 001A. Music Systems IA2
MUSC 001B. Music Systems IB1
MUSC 002A. Music Systems IIA2
MUSC 002B. Music Systems IIB1
MUSC 003A. Music Systems IIIA2
MUSC 003B. Music Systems IIIB1
MUSC 004A. Music Systems IVA2
MUSC 004B. Music Systems IVB1
MUSC 012. Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUSC 013. Music Technology1
MUSC 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
Complete eight units from:
MUSC 029. Electro-Acoustics1-2
MUSC 030. Piano1-2
MUSC 031. Harpsichord or Organ1-2
MUSC 032. Organ1-2
MUSC 033. Voice1-2
MUSC 034. Strings1-2
MUSC 035. Woodwinds1-2
MUSC 036. Brass1-2
MUSC 037. Percussion1-2
MUSC 038. Composition1-2
Complete eight units from:
MUSC 138. Composition1-2
Complete four units from:
MUSC 050A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 052. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 053. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 054. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 060T. ENS: Wind Ensemble1
Complete four units from:
MUSC 150A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 152. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 153. ENS: Unviersity Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 154. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 160T. Wind Ensemble1
Complete two units from:
MUSC 040A. Jazz Improvisation - I2
MUSC 140B. Jazz Improvisation-II2
MUSC 140C. Jazz Improvisation-III2
MUSC 148A. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Africa and Diaspora2
MUSC 148B. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Asia2
Composition Concentration17
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 147A. Beginning Conducting2
MUSC 167. Electro-Acoustic Music I3
MUSC 170A. Fundamentals of Sound Recording3
Composition Electives5
Complete five units from:
MUSC 109. Film Scoring Techniques3
MUSC 112. Historical Periods in Western Music3
MUSC 116. Aspects of Twentieth Century Music3
MUSC 122A. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 122B. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 123A. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 123B. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 125D. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 127A. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 127B. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 160A. ENS: Choraliers1
MUSC 160B. ENS: Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 160D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 160F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 160J. ENS: String Ensemble1
MUSC 160K. ENS: Brass Ensemble1
MUSC 160L. Woodwind Ensemble1
MUSC 160M. ENS: Saxophone Ensemble1
MUSC 160O. Trombone Ensemble1
MUSC 166. Physics of MusicR3
MUSC 168. Electro-Acoustic Music II3
MUSC 169. Digital Synthesis3
MUSC 170B. Intermediate Sound Recording3
MUSC 170C. Advanced Sound Recording Production3
University Electives7-10

Total Units:132

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