Music (BM) in Composition (Songwriting)


2019-2020 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

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This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The bachelor of music in composition (songwriting) is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career as a composer, author and performer of original songs. In both private applied study and the classroom setting, students in the songwriter track refine their skills as songwriters/composers, vocalists, lyricists and accompanists (normally on piano and/or guitar). Extensive applied instruction on primary and secondary instruments is coupled with traditional, jazz and commercial music theory and history. Students in this program present a final concert of original songs and a fully-produced compact disc. This degree includes a minor in sound recording and engineering.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours to include:

  • 117-118 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the bachelor of music
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for Bachelor of Music

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (One course with the MUSC prefix can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’
  • KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements may be fulfilled with the courses above, courses in the major, or electives. 'Arts Appreciation' is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

Core Music Courses

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

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 2601, MUSC 2602, MUSC 2604, MUSC 3001, MUSC 3002, MUSC 3004, MUSC 4001, MUSC 4002, MUSC 4004 Applied Primary Instrument (piano, guitar, or voice) (eight semesters required) (16 credits)

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 4920 Webster University Aurelia (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4955 Webster University Jazz Singers (1 hour per semester)

Composition Courses

  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (taken every semester) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 3010 Composition (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3070 Orchestration I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3510 Arranging for Popular Styles (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3520 History of Popular Styles (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3530 Lyric Writing (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4010 Composition (10 hours)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 1080, MUSC 1085, MUSC 2001, MUSC 2002, MUSC 2501, MUSC 2502 Secondary Instrument: Class Piano or Applied Piano or Applied Voice (6 hours)
    (six consecutive semesters required; minimum four hours of applied instruction in individual lessons; students for whom voice or guitar is the primary instrument must choose piano as the secondary instrument)
  • MUSC 1370, MUSC 1380 Jazz Theory I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 1500 Music Software Applications (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4360 The Working Musician (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4370 Marketing for Musicians (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4450 World Music and Ethnomusicology (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4930 World Music Performance Ensemble (1 hour)
  • MUSC 0400 Senior Recital (0 hours)

And successful completion of the sound recording and engineering minor in the Audio Aesthetics and Technology department.