Music - 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 Requirements85
Free Electives13-10
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 Theory I2
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
Keyboard Harmony I
Keyboard Harmony II
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
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
Opera Workshop
Collegium Musicum
Chamber Ensemble Performance
Jazz Ensemble
Senior Recital
MUPR 495Senior Recital1
Total Credits85

MUPR 199 must be taken as a corequisite with MUEN 130.

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.

First Year
MUGN 1991GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
MUHS 1063MUCP 1023
MUCP 1013MUCP 1041
MUCP 1031MSSN 1021
MSSN 1011MUCP 0400
MUEN 1000.5Ensemble course0.5
MUCP 0400 
 15.5 14.5
Second Year
MUCP 2013MUCP 2023
MUCP 2031MUCP 2041
MUCP 4982MUCP 4982
MUHS 3073MUHS 3083
MUTC 1013MUTC 1021
MUSI 4991MUSI 4991
MUED 1051MUED 1061
MUEN 1620.5MUEN 1620.5
MUCP 0400MUCP 0400
Ensemble Course0.5Ensemble Course0.5
 Elective course3
 15 16
Third Year
World Language 13World Language 23
MUHS 407 or 4093MUCP 3033
MUCP 4982MUCP 3043
MUSI 4991MUCP 4982
MUED 3071MUSI 4991
MUPR 3352MUED 3081
MUCP 0400MUCP 0400
Ensemble Course0.5Music Literature course2
Elective3Ensemble course0.5
 15.5 15.5
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3MUPR 4951
MUCP 2502MUPR 2102
MUCP 4983MUCP 4983
MUSI 4991MUSI 4991
MUED 3041MUED 3051
MUED 3061MUEN 1800.5
MUEN 1800.5MUCP 0400
MUCP 0400Music Literature course2
Elective course3Elective course3
 14.5 13.5
Total Credits 120