Majors, Minors and Concentrations Details

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

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
COHEN, DOUGLAS Undergraduate Adviser 718-951-5000 xt 5954 423 Whitehead Hall dcohen @ Office hours by appointment


Music is a writing intensive major.
Program requirements (66 credits plus foreign language or proficiency)
All of the following:

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 11.2 or 3241, 11.3 or 3242, 11.4 or 3243 (12 credits)
Music 3251, 3252, 3253, 3254, 3255, 3256 (18 credits)
Music 3315 or 4360; 4430 or 4431 or 4440 or 4450 or 4460 or 4470 or one seminar in music numbered in the 4900s; and both 3791 and 3792 (10 credits);
Two credits in ensemble performance from Music 3700 through 3781 as assigned by the Conservatory of Music.
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 composition jury at the end of each semester of Music 3251-3256 or 4861-4862 (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 composition program is granted or denied.

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

Program prerequisite
Students who do not demonstrate the performing proficiency required for admission to Music 3791 must prepare to demonstrate proficiency in an audition not later than the beginning of their junior year.

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