Composition Major

Music Composition prepares students who have a strong interest in composing their own music. The curriculum at Bradley offers students eight semesters of music theory and music composition courses. Graduates generally continue on to graduate school or seek employment as arrangers, orchestrators, music copyists or composers. Although the program is not directed toward popular music (song writing) students will have a solid background that will allow them to pursue any number of compositional styles.

Students in the Piano Concentration are required to take 20 hours of Applied Music.

  • MUS 305 - Counterpoint
  • MUS 401 - Orchestration
  • MUS 405 - Theories of Atonal Music

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 79

Course Sequence

Music Courses (45 hours)

  • MUS 001 Recital Lab (each semester) — 0
  • MUS 002 Senior Recital — 0
  • MUS ensemble (each semester) — 8
  • MUS 161 Music Theory I — 2
  • MUS 162 Music Theory II — 2
  • MUS 163 Elementary Ear-Training and Sight-singing — 1
  • MUS 164 Elementary Ear-Training and Sight-singing — 1
  • MUS 165 Keyboard Skills-Class Piano — 2
  • MUS 166 Keyboard Skills-Class Piano — 2
  • MUS 235 Music in Its Historical Perspective I — 3
  • MUS 236 Music in Its Historical Perspective II — 3
  • MUS 261 Music Theory III — 2
  • MUS 262 Music Theory IV — 2
  • MUS 263 Ear-Training and Sight-singing — 1
  • MUS 264 Ear-Training and Sight-singing — 1
  • MUS 265 Advanced Keyboard Skills-Class Piano — 2
  • MUS 266 Advanced Keyboard Skills-Class Piano — 2
  • MUS 305 Counterpoint or MUS 319 Composition or MUS 405 Theories of Atonal Music — 2-3
  • MED 321 Conducting I — 2
  • MUS 335 Music in Its Historical Perspective III — 3
  • MUS 336 Music in Its Historical Perspective IV — 3

Composition Courses (35 hours)

  • Applied Music — 20
  • APL 180/380 Applied Music Composition — 8
  • MUS 305 Counterpoint or MUS 319 Composition — 2
  • MUS 401 Orchestration — 2
  • MUS 405 Theories of Atonal Music — 3

Course sequence information is provided for sample purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor about their individual plan for course registration and completion of program requirements.