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B.A. in Music — Music Composition Concentration

There are two tracks within the Music Composition concentration: Composition for Film & Media and Composition for the Concert Stage. Students must declare which track they intend to pursue at the time of their audition.

The Music Composition concentration at IU Southeast is designed to give the creative student the skills necessary to analyze, arrange, and compose works for the concert stage or for film and media. The degree stresses not only the creative aspect of music composition, but also incorporates technology and performing areas of music. Students get a chance to work with internationally performed composers in developing their craft and technique so that they are prepared to tackle the myriad of opportunities available to the composer today. Graduates of the composition program at IU Southeast have gone on to graduate study, scored for feature-length films, and written music for video games.

Auditioning for the Composition Concentration (Concert Stage and/or Film & Media)

Acceptance into the Music Composition program is based on both an interview/portfolio review and an audition. Candidates should perform one representative work on their primary instrument/voice and also present a portfolio of a least two scores (with recordings, if possible) of their original compositions. It is important that candidates have some prior experience in written composition. Scores should demonstrate the candidate’s creativity and ability to realize his or her ideas with accuracy and in accordance to conventional notational practices. Candidates should be able to discuss their influences and musical interests as they relate to the field of composition. Some basic pitch matching exercises may be asked of the candidate.

Composition for Film & Media Track

The Film and Media track is specifically geared towards students interested in writing music for film and other media environments such as video games and television. Students receive training in studio techniques and production through various projects that deal with music and other visual media. Unlike many technology programs, the Film and Media Composition program also involves training in the craft and technique of composition by our internationally-recognized composition faculty.

Note: All music majors are required to achieve a minimum grade of C in all music classes.

Music Composition Concentration Requirements: Film & Media Composition Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
T113-114 Music Theory I and II 6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II 2
T317-318 Music Theory III and IV 6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV 2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II 6
M403-404 History of Music I and II 6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I 2
A321 Sound for Picture Production 3
K300 Applied Composition Study 6
K312 Arranging for Instrumental/Vocal Groups 3
K406 Electronic Music Project 1
Z340 Intro to Music Business 3
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters 4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
Total Credits 50
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

Composition for the Concert Stage Track

Composition for the concert stage involves writing music for the more traditional categories of orchestral, chamber, solo, ballet, and opera. Students are encouraged to explore the art of music, which involves expanding upon conventional languages in music, pushing boundaries in the production of sound, and discovering new means of artistic expression through music. Students have the opportunity to hear their works read by the university orchestra and receive unique insight into the important networking channels in the field of composition.

Music Composition Concentration Requirements: Concert Stage Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
T113-114 Music Theory I and II 6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II 2
T317-318 Music Theory III and IV 6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV 2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II 6
M403-404 History of Music I and II 6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I 2
K300 & K400 Applied Composition Study 12
K312 Arranging for Instrumental/Vocal Groups 3
K402 Senior Composition Recital 1
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters 4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
Total Credits 50
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

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