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Theory and Composition B.Mus.

Music
School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 92
  • Degree: Bachelor of Music
The B.Mus. in theory and composition is for students pursuing programs of intensive study to prepare for professional careers in music. The program assists students to acquire compositional and analytical skills to best express their musical ideas and provides students with advanced knowledge of the materials of contemporary and historical music and a theoretical understanding of their construction. Department honors requirements: Candidates, nominated by music department faculty, receive honors for distinguished achievement in musical performance, composition, or exceptional ability and accomplishment as a music educator.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must pass a performance audition to be accepted into any music degree program. At the time of the audition, students must also complete diagnostic examinations in theory/aural/keyboard skills and an interview with the department head or an appointed designee. Any student who receives provisional acceptance into a degree program must pass a review (usually at the end of the first semester) to receive full acceptance. That review includes recommendations of major instructors and successful completion of an applied jury.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Courses with grades less than C- will not count toward the major.
Introductory Course (1 cr)
Music majors register for 1 credit.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Music Core (22 cr)
MU 1111 - Tonal Harmony I (3.0 cr)
MU 1112 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I (1.0 cr)
MU 1121 - Tonal Harmony II [LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
MU 1122 - Ear-Training II (1.0 cr)
MU 2111 - Tonal Harmony III (3.0 cr)
MU 2112 - Ear-Training III (1.0 cr)
MU 2121 - Tonal Harmony IV (3.0 cr)
MU 2122 - Ear-Training, Sight Singing and Improvisation (1.0 cr)
MU 3201 - Music History I (3.0 cr)
MU 3202 - Music History II (3.0 cr)
Major Course Requirements (38 cr)
MU 2105 register for a total of 4 credits. MU 3105 register for a total of 4 credits. MU 4105 register for a total of 4 credits. MU 4997 register for 2 credits. MU 5991 register for 3 credits.
MU 1421 - Piano Class I (1.0 cr)
MU 1422 - Piano Class II (1.0 cr)
MU 2105 - Composition I (2.0 cr)
MU 2110 - Jazz Theory (2.0 cr)
MU 3101 - Form and Analysis (2.0 cr)
MU 3105 - Composition II (2.0 cr)
MU 3705 - Instrumental Conducting I (1.0 cr)
MU 3805 - Jazz Writing I (2.0 cr)
MU 4101 - Instrumental Arranging (2.0 cr)
MU 4103 - Contrapuntal Techniques (2.0 cr)
MU 4105 - Composition III (2.0 cr)
MU 4300 - Senior Recital (1.0 cr)
MU 4807 - Music Industry (2.0 cr)
MU 4997 - Internship in Music (1.0-2.0 cr)
MU 5201 - Advanced Music History (2.0 cr)
MU 5991 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
MU 1005 - Jazz Studies [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or MU 2001 - Ethnic and Folk Music of the World [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
or MU 2005 - African Roots of American Music [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
Applied Instruction (17 cr)
MU 1322 - Piano-Non Major (1.0 cr)
Two credits each semester.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1xxx
Two credits each semester.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 4xxx
Ensemble Requirements (8 cr)
MU 1xxx: take 4 cr from MU 1501, 1502, 1503, 1510, 1511 MU 4xxx: take 4 cr from MU 4501, 4502, 4503, 4510, 4511
One credit each semester
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1xxx
One credit each semester
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 4xxx
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
SFA Additional Requirement (3 cr)
Three credits of any 1000-level or 2000-level SFA course(s) from outside the studentís chosen major (Art, Art History, Dance, Fine Arts, or Theatre), provided that the student meets pre-requisites for the course(s). A 2-credit DN course may be substituted (Art or Music students only).
Proficiency Exam
Advanced proficiency in principal instrument.
MU 300 - Advanced Standing Exam (0.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
MU 1111 - Tonal Harmony I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Rudimentary study of triadic harmony from the 17th and 18th centuries. Exploration of methods of composition and analysis, harmonic functions and non-harmonic tones. prereq: Music major or music minor; credit will not be granted if already received for Mu 1010 or Th 1114
MU 1112 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music. prereq: Music major or music minor; credit will not be granted if already received for Mu 1112 or Th 1114
MU 1121 - Tonal Harmony II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of Common Practice harmony with an introduction to species counterpoint and four-part writing. A focus on progressions and the development of phrase structures. prereq: 1111
MU 1122 - Ear-Training II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music. prereq: 1112
MU 2111 - Tonal Harmony III
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continued study of tonal theory with an emphasis on late 18th and early 19th century methods of composition and analysis. prereq: 1102 or 1121
MU 2112 - Ear-Training III
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continued study of ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music. prereq: 1122
MU 2121 - Tonal Harmony IV
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of tonal theory with an emphasis on 19th century methods of composition and an introduction to 20th century and contemporary modes of musical organization. prereq: 2111
MU 2122 - Ear-Training, Sight Singing and Improvisation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music; introduction to post-tonal music and basic principles and techniques of improvisation. prereq: 2112
MU 3201 - Music History I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras of Western music, with an emphasis on the cultural, literary, religious and socio-political contexts in which master composers developed. prereq: Mu 1121/1122 or instructor consent
MU 3202 - Music History II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of Romantic, Modern and Contemporary eras of music, emphasizing the increasingly non-Western influences and cross-cultural connections on the development of European artistic values into a global aesthetic. prereq: 3201 or instructor consent
MU 1421 - Piano Class I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course in keyboard musicianship is the first of a two semester sequence of class piano. The course focuses on the development and improvement of keyboard skills in the areas of technique, performance, improvisation, harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, and elementary ensemble skills. The course is intended to develop basic keyboard competency while reinforcing students' musicianship skills. prereq: Music major, music minor, musical theatre major or instructor consent
MU 1422 - Piano Class II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course in keyboarding musicianship is the second of a two-semester seauence of class piano. It is a contiuation of MU 1421, focusing on developing increased ability with regard to technical ability, artistry, musicianship, and fundamental skills. Successful course completion is achieved with basic keyboard competency of early intermediate to intermediate levels. prereq: MU 1421, equivalent CE or instructor consent
MU 2105 - Composition I
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning music composition technique leading to creation of original works. prereq: 1121 or 1122
MU 2110 - Jazz Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to jazz harmony, chord/scale relationships, and jazz piano skills. prereq: 1111, 1421 or instructor consent
MU 3101 - Form and Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of form in music; structure from Renaissance through 20th-century. prereq: 2121, 2122
MU 3105 - Composition II
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Continued study of musical composition techniques leading to creation of original works. prereq: 2105
MU 3705 - Instrumental Conducting I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intermediate techniques, reading, and interpretation of full and condensed orchestral, band, and vocal scores; lab practice in rehearsal procedures. prereq: 2701 or instructor consent
MU 3805 - Jazz Writing I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Transpositions, voicings, and arranging concepts for large and small jazz ensembles; development of composition in jazz idiom. prereq: Mu [2121, 2122] or instructor consent
MU 4101 - Instrumental Arranging
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Idiomatic scoring for instruments; individual assignments in problems and possibilities of various instrument combinations. prereq: Mu 2121, 2122 or instructor consent
MU 4103 - Contrapuntal Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of, and practice in, use of polyphonic devices in Western art music. prereq: Mu 2121, 2122 or instructor consent
MU 4105 - Composition III
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced creative composition; individual assignments in various contexts. prereq: 3105
MU 4300 - Senior Recital
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Preparation and public presentation of a solo performance of at least 50 minutes of music appropriate to the student's principal instrument or principal compositional media. This is the capstone requirement for students in music performance or theory-composition.
MU 4807 - Music Industry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Study of developing commercial applications and trends in the music industry, including basic concepts of business and marketing. prereq: instructor consent
MU 4997 - Internship in Music
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Participation in music tutoring or recognized campus/community activity related to student's musical program and career objectives. prereq: department consent
MU 5201 - Advanced Music History
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Specialized study of selected composers and/or genres. prereq: 3201, 3202 or instructor consent
MU 5991 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed study in areas of student interest arranged with instructor before registration. prereq: Min 60 cr or Grad Student or instructor consent; can apply max 6 cr to a Grad program
MU 1005 - Jazz Studies (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Evolution of jazz: social problems in America that fostered its origin and continue to shape its development.
MU 2001 - Ethnic and Folk Music of the World (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introductory course to the music of the world. This class will introduce you to a diverse musical repertoire and non-traditional approaches to music. We will study the music of a variety of cultures and societies as an expression of meaningful human interaction.
MU 2005 - African Roots of American Music (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course defines and examines the musical and cultural significance of West Africa and its indelible impression on Western music and culture (particularly in America). Music and culture is traced from West Africa, through South America and Latin America, and on to North America. Class material ranges from historical West African tradition through today?s American popular music.
MU 1322 - Piano-Non Major
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: Non-music major or music major secondary instrument; may be repeated
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual lesson one half hour weekly. prereq: Non-music major or music major secondary instrument; may be repeated
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks appropriate for the arts and letters. Seeks to advance research and critical thinking skills as well as skills in applying conventions of grammar, style, argumentation, and documentation. In addition, the course addresses professional writing for the arts, including reviews, proposals, grant writing, and career documents. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits
MU 300 - Advanced Standing Exam
Credits: 0.0 [max 0.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Applied performance requirement to qualify for advanced applied study. prereq: three semesters of 1xxx level applied study, department consent