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    University of Memphis
  Sep 21, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Music - Composition Concentration. (B.M.)

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University General Education Program (35 hours in addition to 6 hours of Music History)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements. Six hours of Humanities are satisfied by taking MUHL 3301  and MUHL 3302  for Music majors (excluding Jazz concentrations) or MUHL 3303  and MUHL 4806  for Jazz and Studio Performance and Jazz Composition and Arranging concentrations. Students in Music Education must take PSYC 1030  for one of the Social/Behavioral Sciences requirements.

The Major (85-90 hours)

Major Core (36 - 43 hours)

Jazz and Commercial Music Take (3 hours)

Basic Conducting (2 hours)

With Two Exceptions:

Music Education instrumental majors are not required to take MUAP 2108  and Jazz and Commercial Music majors must take MUAP 1105 , MUAP 1106 , MUAP 1116 . Jazz majors take a proficiency examination administered by the jazz faculty. All undergraduate Music majors, irrespective of concentration, must take a piano placement examination before enrolling in the School of Music. This evaluation will place students in the appropriate course in the class-piano sequence. All piano proficiency requirements as appropriate to the concentration must be passed before graduation (or, for Music Education majors, before student teaching). Students already proficient in piano may be permitted to bypass the class-piano sequence and enroll in MUSE 3101 , which will satisfy this requirement and any student may choose to take the departmental Piano Proficiency Examination in lieu of coursework. Since the requirements for this exam vary according to the area of concentration, contact the Coordinator of Class Piano for specific details.

Ensemble Requirement:

All Music majors must take a minimum of eight (8) semesters of ensemble. The specific requirements for this are determined by each division and degree program. Please consult with your adviser for the specific outline for your applied area and degree program exceptions. Music Education Instrumental students must take two semesters of Marching Band (string players exempt) and one semester of University Singers, Chamber Choir, or Collegiate Choir as part of their ensemble requirement.

Concert Attendance:

All Music majors are required to attend a minimum of 100 concerts or recitals in the four-year program (suggested 25 per year). Records will be maintained in by the School of Music on the number of events attended by each student and an annual report will be filed with the Director.

Concentration (42 hours except Music Education)


Individual instruction in applied music to include two semesters of piano (8)

Electives (0 - 12 hours)

Completion of elective courses to bring the total to a minimum of 120 semester hours (124 or 125 for students in the Music Education concentration depending on emphasis). Courses will be chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor and major professor.

Typical 4-Year Composition Concentration Sequence

Semester Totals 26 hrs

Semester Totals 36 hrs

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 26 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Choose one from MUHL 4008 , MUHL 4009 , MUHL 4010 , MUHL 4013 

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