B.Mus. degree program in music composition
HEGIS code 1004.10
NYS SED program code 02019

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COHEN, DOUGLAS Undergraduate Adviser 718-951-5000 x 5954 423 Whitehead Hall dcohen @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Office hours by appointment


Music is a writing intensive major.

Program requirements (72 credits plus foreign language or proficiency)

For academic year 2020-2021 only: The department chair may allow up to six credits of course substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

All of the following:

Music 1300, 1400 (6 credits).
Music 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214 (8 credits).
Music 3221, 3222, 3223, 3224 (4 credits).
Music 3231 and 3232, or 3235; 3233 or 3236; 3234 or 3237 (12 credits).
Music 3241, 3242, 3243 (12 credits).
Music 3251, 3252, 3253, 3254, 3255, 3256 (18 credits).
Music 3315 or 4360 (3 credits).
One course in American or non-western music, Music 4430 through 4449, or one specialized course in music theory, Music 4450 through 4479 or one seminar in music numbered in the 4900s (3 credits).
Music 3225 or 3791 and 3226 or 3792 (4 credits).
Two credits in ensemble performance from Music 3700 through 3781 as assigned by the Conservatory of Music (2 credits).
In addition to the courses listed above, a faculty approved portfolio and approval of the Conservatory faculty are required for the bachelor of music
degree. The portfolio will consist of representative works from required (Music 3251 through Music 3256), elective, and honors composition courses.

Students must submit a portfolio of work for review by a music composition jury at the end of each semester of Music 3251-3256 or 4861-4862 (Music Composition). A special jury for students in Music 3252 includes evaluation of overall progress in the program, on the basis of which permission to continue in the music composition program is granted or denied.

Students who wish to be considered for performance lessons, Music 3791 and 3792, in place of advanced keyboard classes, Music 3225 and 3226, must demonstrate proficiency in an audition no later than the beginning of their junior year. Final approval will be given by the director.

All music courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in music must be completed with a grade of C or higher.