Bachelor of Music in Composition

  The Bachelor of Music in Composition is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a track in general and theological studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to compose music for churches, concert halls, missions, or school settings. Students successfully completing this composition degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in composition or church music. 

Course Title Course Number   Hours

Music Core

Theory and Musicianship I THY 1104   4
Theory and Musicianship II THY 1204   4
Theory and Musicianship III THY 2104   4
Theory and Musicianship IV THY 2204   4
Form in Music THY 4102   2
Music Technology THY 3202   2
Musics of the World MHS 2002   2
Music History I: Antiquity-Renaissance MHS 2102   2
Music History II: Baroque-Classical MHS 2202   2
Music History III: Nineteenth Century to Present MHS 2302   2
Platform Leadership for the Musician WOR 1100   0
Biblical Foundations of Worship WOR 1102   2
Practicum: Media in Worship WOR 3491   1
Conducting I CON 3622   2
Conducting II: Choral CON 3632   2
Conducting II: Instrumental CON 3642   2
Piano Proficiency (students may need to complete Piano Foundations I-IV in preparation for PIA 1500) PIA 1500   0
Voice Proficiency VOI 1500   0

Non-voice concentration students who do not pass the Voice Proficiency audition will take VOI 2402 and 2502 to satisfy the Voice Proficiency.

     

Voice concentration students who do not pass the Voice Proficiency audition will take VOI 2401 and VOI 1501 concurrently before proceeding to VOI 1102.

     
Performance Lab (eight semesters) PFL 1100   0
Electives      
Select one course: Select one:    
Congregational Worship Music WOR 2102   2
Introduction to Creative Worship WOR 3102   2
Culture, Philosophy, and Worship WOR 3222   2
Select two practicum courses: Select two:    
Practicum: Contemporary Worship Leadership and Resources WOR 3321   1
Practicum: Leading Small Vocal Ensembles in Worship WOR 3341   1
Practicum: Leading Small Instrumental Groups in Worship WOR 3351   1
Practicum: Administration and Finance in Ministry WOR 3381   1
Practicum: The Arts in Worship WOR 3471   1
Practicum: Artistic Outreach and Productions WOR 3481   1
  Total   41

Composition Concentration

Composition    
Class Composition I-II (must enroll concurrently in Master Class) COM 2112, 2212 4
Applied Composition I-IV (must enroll concurrently in Master Class) COM 3102, 3202, 4102, 4202 8
Senior Composition Recital COM 4000 0
Applied Study    
6 semesters of 2 credits of one of the following (must enroll concurrently in Master Class):   12
Applied Instrument (must be a standard orchestral instrument or guitar) INS 1102, 1202, 2102, 2202, 3102, 3202  
Applied Organ ORG 1102, 1202, 2102, 2202, 3102, 3202  
Applied Piano (after completion of PIA 1500 Piano Proficiency) PIA 1102, 1202, 2102, 2202, 3102, 3202  
Applied Voice (after completion of VOI 1500 Voice Proficiency) VOI 1102, 1202, 2102, 2202, 3102, 3202  
Sophomore Upper Level Examination INS 2000, ORG 2000, PIA 2000, or VOI 2000  
Ensembles    
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENS 1108 1
Select six semesters:   3
Southwestern Singers ENS 1028  
Southwestern Master Chorale ENS 1108  
Orchestra ENS 1068  
Composition-Related Courses    
Instrumentation and Orchestration THY 4112 2
Counterpoint THY 4202 2

Theoretical Techniques of the 20th and 21st Centuries

THY 4212 2
Arranging COM 4112 2
Commercial Styles COM 4242 2
  Total 38

General Studies

     
Humanities Core      
Meaning, Vocation, and Flourishing IDE 1053   3
Great Ideas of the Ancient World IDE 1153   3
Great Ideas of the Medieval World IDE 2153   3
General Education Core      
English I - Introduction to Academic Writing ENG 1113   3
English II - Advanced Academic Writing ENG 1213   3
Natural Science NAS 4203   3
Contemporary Social Issues SOS 4113   3
Free non-music elective     3
Personal Evangelism EVA 2201   1
International Mission Trip MIS 3201   1
Chapel
CHP 1000
  (six semesters)
Biblical and Theological Studies      
Systematic Theology I THE 3033   3
Systematic Theology II THE 4033   3
Systematic Theology III THE 4043   3
Old Testament I OTS 1113   3
Old Testament II OTS 1123   3
New Testament I NTS 2113   3
New Testament II NTS 2123   3
  Total   47
  Degree Total   126