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Music and Dance, School of

BM - Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Composition

SJSU's composition program provides a thorough and diverse exposure to the art of music composition and includes studies in electro-acoustics, recording technology and scoring for film. Private composition lessons are at the heart of this degree program, with many opportunities for students to hear their works performed by students, faculty, and professional musicians. Composition students also meet regularly as a group with faculty and guest composers to hear and discuss their compositions. Students in this program complete both junior and senior projects in addition to the regular course of study.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major Exceptions

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 adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the preparation and major (all courses in preparation, and core) must be completed with a grade of "C or better".


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements33
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 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 Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major11-14
MUSC 001A. Music Systems IA2
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
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 Major70
Core Courses46
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 IVAC12
MUSC 004B. Music Systems IVBC11
MUSC 012. Medieval and Renaissance MusicC23
MUSC 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
MUSC 182. Senior Project1
Complete eight units from:
MUSC 030X. Applied Piano1
MUSC 030AX. Applied Piano 11
MUSC 030BX. Applied Piano 21
MUSC 030CX. Applied Piano 31
MUSC 030DX. Applied Piano 31
MUSC 031X. Harpsichord or Organ1
MUSC 031AX. Harpsichord or Organ 11
MUSC 031BX. Harpsichord or Organ 21
MUSC 031CX. Harpsichord or Organ 31
MUSC 031DX. Harpsichord or Organ 41
MUSC 033X. Applied Voice1
MUSC 033AX. Applied Voice 11
MUSC 033BX. Applied Voice 21
MUSC 033CX. Applied Voice 31
MUSC 033DX. Applied Voice 41
MUSC 034X. Strings: Violin and Viola1
MUSC 034AX. Strings: Violin and Viola 11
MUSC 034BX. Strings: Violin and Viola 21
MUSC 034CX. Strings: Violin and Viola 31
MUSC 034DX. Strings: Violin and Viola 41
MUSC 035X. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet1
MUSC 035AX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 11
MUSC 035BX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 21
MUSC 035CX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 31
MUSC 035DX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 41
MUSC 036X. Applied Trumpet1
MUSC 036BX. Applied Trumpet 11
MUSC 036CX. Applied Trumpet 21
MUSC 036DX. Applied Trumpet 31
MUSC 036EX. Applied Trumpet 41
MUSC 037X. Applied Percussion1
MUSC 037AX. Applied Percussion 11
MUSC 037BX. Applied Percussion 21
MUSC 037CX. Applied Percussion 31
MUSC 037DX. Applied Percussion 41
MUSC 038X. Applied Instruction in Music Composition1
MUSC 038BX. Applied Instruction in Music Composition 11
MUSC 038CX. Applied Instruction in Music Composition 21
MUSC 038DX. Applied Instruction in Music Composition 31
MUSC 038EX. Applied Instruction in Music Composition 41
MUSC 039AX. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 11
MUSC 039BX. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 21
MUSC 039CX. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 31
MUSC 039DX. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 41
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 055. ENS: Wind Ensemble1
Complete four units from:
MUSC 150A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 152. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 153. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 154. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 155. 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 Electives4
Complete four units from:
MUSC 109. Film Scoring Techniques3
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 Electives3-6

Total Units:120