Music (BM) with an Emphasis in Composition


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Music Department

Program Description

The composition program at Webster focuses primarily on contemporary concert music. Students are also encouraged to explore many other musical styles and technologies such as jazz, electronic, computer, and MIDI applications. Faculty composers work directly with composition majors. Numerous opportunities exist for the performance of students' works, including the Webster New Music Ensemble.

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Degree Requirements

128 required credit hours to include:

  • 90-91 required credit hours in major
  • 12 general education credit hours

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Required Courses

Core Music Courses

  • MUSC 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020 Music Theory I-IV( 12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, 1820 2810 Musicianship I-IV (8 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4700 Advanced Variable Topic (taken in junior or senior year only) (2-3 hours)

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 4001-4005 Applied Music (six semesters) (12 hours)
  • MUSC 4950 New Music Ensemble (after 2 semesters, may be repeated as elective concurrently with Major Ensemble) (2 hours)

Major Ensemble
6 hours over eight semesters to be selected from:

  • MUSC 4900 Webster University Concert Choir (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4910 Webster University Chamber Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4940 Webster University Orchestra (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4970 Webster University Jazz Collective (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4980 Webster University Wind Ensemble (1 hour per semester)

Composition Courses

  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (taken every semester) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 3010, 3020 Composition (6 hours)
  • MUSC 3070, 3080 Orchestration I, II (5 hours)
  • MUSC 4010 Composition (four 16-week terms, 2 credits per term) (8 hours)
  • MUSC 4020 Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4030 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint (3 hours)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 1080, 1085, 2001, 2501 Secondary Instrument:  Class Piano, Secondary and Non-Major Piano
    (six consecutive semesters required; minimum four hours of applied instruction in individual lessons) (6 hours)
  • AUDI 1200 Introduction to MIDI (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3050 Music Software Applications (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4040 Music of the Twentieth Century (3 hours)

Suggested Electives

  • AUDI 1100, 2000 Audio Production I, II (6 hours)
  • AUDI 4000 Music Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 4300 Advanced MIDI Applications: Film Scoring (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4340, 4350 Jazz Scoring and Arranging I, II (6 hours)

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Senior Project in Composition

The student must submit a major composition project and present a recital of works completed at Webster University of at least 45 minutes in length. The student must also have a minimum of three public performances of original works during the freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

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-Revised September 4, 2013-

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