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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.

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustment/s for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements39
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education0
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
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 100W. Written Communication IIZ3
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
Requirements of the Major72
Core Courses47
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 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
Complete eight units from:
MUSC 029. Electro-Acoustics1-2
MUSC 029A. Electro-Acoustics 11-2
MUSC 029B. Electro-Acoustics 21-2
MUSC 029C. Electro-Acoustics 31-2
MUSC 029D. Electro-Acoustics 41-2
MUSC 030. Piano1-2
MUSC 030A. Piano 11-2
MUSC 030B. Piano 21-2
MUSC 030C. Piano 31-2
MUSC 030D. Piano 41-2
MUSC 031. Harpsichord or Organ1-2
MUSC 031A. Harpsichord or Organ 11-2
MUSC 031B. Harpsichord or Organ 21-2
MUSC 031C. Harpsichord or Organ 31-2
MUSC 031D. Harpsichord or Organ 41-2
MUSC 033. Voice1-2
MUSC 033A. Voice 11-2
MUSC 033B. Voice 21-2
MUSC 033C. Voice 31-2
MUSC 033D. Voice 41-2
MUSC 034. Strings1-2
MUSC 034A. Strings 11-2
MUSC 034B. Strings 21-2
MUSC 034C. Strings 31-2
MUSC 034D. Strings 41-2
MUSC 035. Woodwinds1-2
MUSC 035A. Woodwinds 11-2
MUSC 035B. Woodwinds 21-2
MUSC 035C. Woodwinds 31-2
MUSC 035D. Woodwinds 41-2
MUSC 036. Brass1-2
MUSC 036B. Brass 11-2
MUSC 036C. Brass 21-2
MUSC 036D. Brass 31-2
MUSC 036E. Brass 41-2
MUSC 037. Percussion1-2
MUSC 037A. Percussion 11-2
MUSC 037B. Percussion 21-2
MUSC 037C. Percussion 31-2
MUSC 037D. Percussion 41-2
MUSC 038. Composition1-2
MUSC 038B. Composition 11-2
MUSC 038C. Composition 21-2
MUSC 038D. Composition 31-2
MUSC 038E. Composition 41-2
MUSC 039A. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 11-2
MUSC 039B. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 21-2
MUSC 039C. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 31-2
MUSC 039D. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition and Arranging 41-2
Complete eight units from:
MUSC 138B. Composition 51-2
MUSC 138C. Composition 61-2
MUSC 138D. Composition 71-2
MUSC 138E. Composition 81-2
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 Concentration20
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 147A. Beginning Conducting2
MUSC 167. Electro-Acoustic Music I3
MUSC 168. Electro-Acoustic Music II3
MUSC 170A. Fundamentals of Sound Recording3
Composition Electives5
Complete three 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 169. Digital Synthesis3
MUSC 170B. Intermediate Sound Recording3
MUSC 170C. Advanced Sound Recording Production3
University Electives0-3

Total Units:120