Music - Composition Concentration (B.Mus.)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in Composition offers preparation for both the professional music world and graduate study. Students work to develop individual voices in their chosen styles.

For further information: Cali School of MusicAcademic Program Information

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements18
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements81-86
Free Electives18-10
Total Credits120

Major Requirements 

New Student Seminar
MUGN 199Freshman Seminar for Music Majors1
MUCP 040Practicum in Music Theory/Composition (Complete eight times.)0
Complete eight times for 2 credits each time:16
Private Study in Composition
Complete two times for 2 credits each time:4
Musical Composition
MUPR 495Senior Recital1
Theory/Aural Skills
MUCP 101Theory I3
MUCP 102Theory II3
MUCP 201Theory III3
MUCP 202Theory IV3
MUCP 103Aural Skills I1
MUCP 104Aural Skills II1
MUCP 203Aural Skills III1
MUCP 204Aural Skills IV1
MUCP 250Jazz Theory I2
MUCP 304Theory VI-Orchestration3
Keyboard Instruction
Complete 4 credits from the following:4
Keyboard Musicianship I
Keyboard Musicianship II
Keyboard Skills for Music Production
Keyboard Musicianship III
Keyboard Musicianship IV
Piano Accompanying
Jazz Keyboard
Keyboard Harmony I
Keyboard Harmony II
History and Literature
MUHS 106Diverse Worlds of Music3
MUHS 307Music in Time, Place and Ideas: Up to 17003
MUHS 308Music in Time, Place and Ideas: 1700-18903
MUHS 407Music in Time, Place and Ideas: 1890 to Present3
or MUHS 409 Honors - Music in Time, Place and Ideas: 1890 to Present
Complete two courses from the following:4
Vocal Repertory from Monody to Mozart
The 19th Century Song: Lied and Melodie
The 20th Century Art Song
Instrumental Literature I
Instrumental Literature II
Orchestral Literature
Jazz Literature I
Jazz Literature II
Applied Music
Complete eight semesters at 1 credit each in your primary instrument:8
Applied Music
MUPR 335Elementary Conducting2
Music Technology
Complete two of the following (subject to pre-requisite requirements and/or instructor consent):2-6
Music and Computer Technology I
Music and Computer Technology II
Introduction to Audio Technology in the Studio I
Introduction to Audio Technology in the Studio II
Physics of Sound
Basic Electronics for Musicians
Digital Audio Production
MIDI and Digital Music Production
Audio Post: ProTools Workshop
Introduction to Music Recording
Sound Analysis and Design
Basic Sound Technologies for Live Performance
Theatrical Sound Design
Music Education or Music Therapy
Complete one of the following:2-3
Foundations of Music Education
Introduction to Music Therapy
Ensemble Requirement
MUEN 100Montclair State University Chorale0.5
or MUEN 101 Montclair State University Singers
Complete 7 courses from the following:3.5
Montclair State University Chorale
Montclair State University Singers
Opera Production
Collegium Musicum
Electronic Music Ensemble
Popular Music Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble Performance
Total Credits81-86

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Freshman Seminar for Music Majors (Fulfilled in the major.)
C. Communication
1. Writing3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
G. Computer Science
Music and Computer Technology I (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History3
Total Credits18

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Diverse Worlds of Music (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
MUGN 1991MUCP 0400
MUCP 0400MUCP 4982
MUCP 2412MUCP 1023
MUCP 4982MUCP 1041
MUCP 1013MUHS 1063
MUCP 1031MSSN 1021
MSSN 1011Ensemble Course0.5
MUEN 100 or 1010.5MUSI 4991
MUSI 4991 
 14.5 14.5
Second Year
MUCP 0400MUCP 0400
MUCP 2412MUCP 4982
MUCP 4982MUCP 2023
MUCP 2013MUCP 2041
MUCP 2031MUCP 3043
MUHS 3073MUHS 3083
Music Technology Elective1-3Music Technology Elective1-3
MUSI 4991MUSI 4991
Ensemble Course0.5Ensemble Course0.5
 13.5-15.5 14.5-16.5
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities - Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
World Language 13World Language 2 or Free Elective3
MUCP 0400MUCP 0400
MUCP 4982MUCP 4982
MUHS 4073MUSI 4991
MUSI 4991MUPR 2102
MUCP 2502Ensemble Course0.5
MUPR 3352Free Elective3
Ensemble Course0.5 
 16.5 14.5
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science - American and European History3
MUCP 0400MUCP 0400
MUCP 4983MUCP 4983
Music Literature Course2Music Literature course2
MUSI 4991MUSI 4991
MUED 203 or MUTH 1003MUPR 4951
Ensemble Course0.5Ensemble Course0.5
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 18.5 13.5
Total Credits 120-124