Music Major, Theory Composition Concentration (B.Mus.)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in Theory/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 Music; Academic Program Information

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements19
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements86
Free Electives12-9
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Theory/Aural Skills
MUCP 101Theory I3
MUCP 102Theory II3
MUCP 103Aural Skills I1
MUCP 104Aural Skills II1
MUCP 201Theory III3
MUCP 202Theory IV3
MUCP 203Aural Skills III1
MUCP 204Aural Skills IV1
MUCP 250Jazz Theory3
MUCP 303Theory V-Counterpoint3
MUCP 304Theory VI-Orchestration3
Keyboard Instruction
Choose from among the following courses for a total of 4 semester hours:4
Keyboard Musicianship I
Keyboard Musicianship II
Piano Accompanying
Jazz Keyboard and Theory
Keyboard Harmony I
Keyboard Harmony II
Composition
Course must be completed four times, for 2 credits each.8
Private Study in Composition
MUCP 412Electronic Music Composition2
Course must be completed two times, for 3 credits each.6
Private Study in Composition
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
Select two of 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
Jazz Literature I
Jazz Literature II
Applied Music
Select 6 semester hours in your primary instrument from the following:6
Applied Music
Theory/Composition Practicum
Complete 8 times:
MUCP 040Practicum in Music Theory/Composition0
Conducting
MUPR 335Elementary Conducting2
Instrumental Instruction
MUED 105Instrumental Techniques: Strings I1
MUED 106Instrumental Techniques: Strings II1
MUED 304Instrumental Techniques: Brass I1
MUED 305Instrumental Techniques: Brass II1
MUED 306Percussion Instruments1
MUED 307Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds I1
MUED 308Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds II1
Music Technology
MUTC 101Music and Computer Technology I3
MUTC 102Music and Computer Technology II1
Ensemble Requirement
MUEN 100Montclair State University Chorale0.5
or MUEN 101 Montclair State University Singers
Complete 4 courses from the following for a total of 2 semester hours:2
Electronic Music Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble Performance
Complete 5 courses from the following for a total of 2.5 semester hours:2.5
Montclair State University Chorale
Montclair State University Singers
Orchestra
Band
Opera Workshop
Collegium Musicum
Chamber Ensemble Performance
Jazz Ensemble
Senior Recital
MUPR 495Senior Recital1
Total Credits86

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
MUGN 199Freshman Seminar for Music Majors1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Music and Computer Technology I (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits19

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 recommended 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MUGN 199 Freshman Seminar for Music Majors 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
MUHS 106 Diverse Worlds of Music 3
MUCP 101 Theory I 3
MUCP 103 Aural Skills I 1
MSSN 101 Keyboard Musicianship I 1
MUEN 100 Montclair State University Chorale 0.5
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
 Credits15.5
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
MUCP 102 Theory II 3
MUCP 104 Aural Skills II 1
MSSN 102 Keyboard Musicianship II 1
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Ensemble course 0.5
 Credits14.5
Second Year
Fall
MUCP 201 Theory III 3
MUCP 203 Aural Skills III 1
MUCP 498 Private Study in Composition 2
MUHS 307 Music in Time, Place and Ideas: Up to 1700 3
MUTC 101 Music and Computer Technology I 3
MUSI 499 Applied Music 1
MUED 105 Instrumental Techniques: Strings I 1
MUEN 162 Electronic Music Ensemble 0.5
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Ensemble Course 0.5
 Credits15
Spring
MUCP 202 Theory IV 3
MUCP 204 Aural Skills IV 1
MUCP 498 Private Study in Composition 2
MUHS 308 Music in Time, Place and Ideas: 1700-1890 3
MUTC 102 Music and Computer Technology II 1
MUSI 499 Applied Music 1
MUED 106 Instrumental Techniques: Strings II 1
MUEN 162 Electronic Music Ensemble 0.5
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Ensemble Course 0.5
Elective course 2
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
World Language 1 3
MUHS 407
Music in Time, Place and Ideas: 1890 to Present
or Honors - Music in Time, Place and Ideas: 1890 to Present
3
MUCP 498 Private Study in Composition 2
MUSI 499 Applied Music 1
MUED 307 Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds I 1
MUPR 335 Elementary Conducting 2
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Ensemble Course 0.5
Elective 3
 Credits15.5
Spring
World Language 2 3
MUCP 303 Theory V-Counterpoint 3
MUCP 304 Theory VI-Orchestration 3
MUCP 498 Private Study in Composition 2
MUSI 499 Applied Music 1
MUED 308 Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds II 1
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Music Literature course 2
Ensemble course 0.5
 Credits15.5
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
MUCP 250 Jazz Theory 3
MUCP 498 Private Study in Composition 3
MUSI 499 Applied Music 1
MUED 304 Instrumental Techniques: Brass I 1
MUED 306 Percussion Instruments 1
MUEN 180 Chamber Ensemble Performance 0.5
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Elective course 3
 Credits15.5
Spring
MUPR 495 Senior Recital 1
MUPR 210 Jazz Keyboard and Theory 2
MUCP 498 Private Study in Composition 3
MUSI 499 Applied Music 1
MUED 305 Instrumental Techniques: Brass II 1
MUEN 180 Chamber Ensemble Performance 0.5
MUCP 040 Practicum in Music Theory/Composition 0
Music Literature course 2
Elective course 3
 Credits13.5
 Total Credits120