The Composition concentration is designed to prepare the student to compose original music for a wide variety of venues including live concerts, music to accompany film, video, dance, and theatre. Course work emphasizes comprehensive musicianship throughout the curriculum with particular emphasis on individualized study in music composition.

Effective Fall 2016

A minimum grade of C is required in all music courses used to satisfy the requirements of the BM in Music, Composition Concentration.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MU 117Music Theory I 4
MU 118Music Theory II 4
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)3B3
MU 1501Piano Class I 1
Select one group from the following:2 2-4
Group A:
  
Freshman Voice Studio: English/Italian  
Freshman Voice Studio: German, French  
Group B:
  
Applied Music Instruction - Lower-Division (see list below)2
  
Ensemble (see list below)3 2
Historical Perspectives3D3
Mathematics1B3
Electives4 3-5
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
MU 217Music Theory III 4
MU 218Music Theory IV 4
Applied Music Instruction - Lower-Division (see list below)2 2
MU 273Composition Instruction 2
Ensemble (see list below)3 2
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Advanced Writing23
Electives 11
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
MU 254Beginning Conducting 2
MU 317Music Theory V 2
MU 318Arranging and Orchestration 2
MU 334Music History I4A,4B3
MU 335Music History II4A,4B3
Select one from the following: 2
Choral Conducting and Literature  
Instrumental Conducting and Literature  
MU 473Composition Instruction 4
MU 499Thesis 1
Ensemble (see list below)3 2
Arts and Humanities3B3
Music Electives 3
Electives 2
 Total Credits 29
Senior
 
MU 417Counterpoint 3
MU 418Advanced Orchestration 2
MU 419Electronic Music Composition 2
MU 471Recital4C1
MU 473Composition Instruction 4
Ensemble (see list below)3 2
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives5 6
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Applied Music Instruction - Lower-Division

MU 272AApplied Music Instruction: Euphonium1-2
MU 272BApplied Music Instruction: French Horn1-2
MU 272CApplied Music Instruction: Trombone1-2
MU 272DApplied Music Instruction: Trumpet1-2
MU 272EApplied Music Instruction: Tuba1-2
MU 272GApplied Music Instruction: Harpsichord1-2
MU 272HApplied Music Instruction: Organ1-2
MU 272IApplied Music Instruction: Piano1-2
MU 272JApplied Music Instruction: Percussion1-2
MU 272KApplied Music Instruction: Guitar1-2
MU 272LApplied Music Instruction: Harp1-2
MU 272MApplied Music Instruction: String Bass1-2
MU 272NApplied Music Instruction: Viola1-2
MU 272OApplied Music Instruction: Violin1-2
MU 272PApplied Music Instruction: Violoncello1-2
MU 272QApplied Music Instruction: Voice1-2
MU 272RApplied Music Instruction: Bassoon1-2
MU 272SApplied Music Instruction: Clarinet1-2
MU 272TApplied Music Instruction: Flute1-2
MU 272UApplied Music Instruction: Oboe1-2
MU 272VApplied Music Instruction: Saxophone (Alto)1-2

Ensemble Courses

MU 201Men's Chorus1
MU 202University Chorus1
MU 204Marching Band1
MU 205Concert Band1
MU 206Colorado State University Concert Orchestra1
MU 300Women's Chorus1
MU 302University Orchestra1
MU 304Symphonic Band1
MU 305Colorado State University Concert Choir1
MU 309Jazz Ensemble1
MU 310Jazz Combo1
MU 400Colorado State University Chamber Choir1
MU 401Opera Theater1-2
MU 402Theater/Chamber Orchestra1
MU 404Symphonic Wind Ensemble1
MU 407Accompanying1
MU 408Chamber Music1
1

Students with previous keyboard experience may test out of MU 150 and replace with one elective credit.

2

First-year voice students take MU 172A and MU 172B, then MU 272Q the second year for 2 semesters. Instrumentalists take MU 272A-MU 272P or MU 272R-MU 272V on a major instrument for 2 semesters each of the first 2 years.

3

Students must participate in an ensemble during each semester in which they are enrolled in MU 172A-MU 172B or MU 272A-MU 272V. An additional four credits of ensembles are to be completed in semesters of the student's choosing for a total of eight credits. At least one semester during the program of study, this must be achieved by taking MU 408 or another small ensemble. 

4

Voice students take three credits of electives. Instrumentalists take five credits of electives.

5

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
A grade of C or better is required in all music courses used to satisfy the requirements of the BM in Music, Composition Concentration.
To Declare this Major: Audition with department.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 117Music Theory IX  4
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)X 3B3
MU 150Piano Class I X 1
Select one course from the following:   1-2
Freshman Voice Studio: English/ItalianX   
MU 272* Applied Music Instruction Lower-Division (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)
    
Ensemble (See Ensemble List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Historical Perspectives X3D3
Elective   1-2
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
MU 118Music Theory IIX  4
Select one course from the following:   1-2
Freshman Voice Studio: German, FrenchX   
MU 272* Applied Music Instruction Lower-Division (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)
X   
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
MathematicsX 1B3
Elective   2-3
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 217Music Theory IIIX  4
MU 272* Applied Music Instruction Lower-Division (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
MU 273Composition InstructionX  1
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Advanced Writing X23
Electives   6
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 218Music Theory IVX  4
MU 272* Applied Music Instruction Lower-Division (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
MU 273Composition InstructionX  1
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Electives   5
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 254Beginning Conducting X 2
MU 317Music Theory VX  2
MU 334Music History I X4A,4B3
MU 473Composition InstructionX  2
MU 499Thesis X 1
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Music Electives   3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 318Arranging and OrchestrationX  2
MU 335Music History II X4A,4B3
Select one course from the following:   2
Choral Conducting and LiteratureX   
Instrumental Conducting and LiteratureX   
MU 473Composition InstructionX  2
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Arts and Humanities X3B3
Elective   2
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 417CounterpointX  3
MU 473Composition InstructionX  2
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Biological and Physical SciencesX 3A7
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 418Advanced OrchestrationX  2
MU 419Electronic Music CompositionX  2
MU 471RecitalX 4C1
MU 473Composition InstructionX  2
Ensemble (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  1
Global and Cultural AwarenessX 3E3
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120