Music (BM) in Composition with an Emphasis in Concert Music


2020-2021 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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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 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.

Students in this major complete the required core, performance, composition and supportive courses, and complete one of the two emphasis areas.

Learning Outcomes

Students with the bachelor music in composition with an emphasis in concert music will:

  • Conceptualize, develop and complete original compositions for different media (acoustic, electronic, etc.) utilizing melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and textural techniques/resources gained from study and experimentation.
  • Notate compositions clearly and accurately, utilizing music publishing software to produce professional quality scores and parts suitable for performance. 
  • Analyze and understand a musical composition in terms of structure and historical/cultural context.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of skills that enhance the compositional process, including conducting, instrumental or vocal performance and musicianship.

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 87-88 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the bachelor of music
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for the Bachelor of Music

  • GLBC 1200 Global Cornerstone 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

Music Theory and History Core

  • MUSC 1010, MUSC 1020, MUSC 2010, MUSC 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, MUSC 1820, MUSC 2810, MUSC 2820 Musicianship I-IV (8 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 2603, MUSC 2604, MUSC 2605 Applied Music (four semesters) (8 hours)
  • MUSC 3001, MUSC 3002, MUSC 3003, MUSC 3004, MUSC 3005 Applied Music (two semesters) (4 hours)
  • MUSC 0400 Senior Recital (0 hours)

Major Ensemble
6 hours over 8 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 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, MUSC 3020 Composition (6 hours)
  • MUSC 3070, MUSC 3080 Orchestration I, II (5 hours)
  • MUSC 4010 Composition (four 16-week terms, 2 credits per term) (8 hours)
  • MUSC 4030 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint (3 hours)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 1080, MUSC 1085, MUSC 2001, MUSC 2501 Secondary Instrument: Class Piano or Applied Piano (six consecutive semesters required; minimum four hours of applied instruction in individual lessons) (6 hours)
  • Choose two of the following courses, as approved by advisor:
    • MUSC 1500 Music Software Applications: Notation (1 hour)
    • MUSC 1501 Music Software Applications: Digital Audio Workstations (1 hour)
    • MUSC 1502 Music Software Applications: Presentation Tools (1 hour)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4040 Music of the Twentieth Century (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4450 World Music and Ethnomusicology (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4930 World Music Performance Ensemble (1 hour)
  • MUSC 4950 New Music Ensemble (after 2 semesters, may be repeated as elective concurrently with Major Ensemble) (2 hours)

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.