Department of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Composition

Students wishing to focus on the area of music composition, while still fulfilling the broad requirements of the liberal arts degree, may wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Composition. In order to graduate, degree candidates pursing this emphasis will perform/present a public recital. Prospective students for the composition emphasis must be able to read music notation and demonstrate strong technical proficiency in their instrument/voice. Prospective students should keep in mind that the composition emphasis at UIW concentrates on classical (art music) style; jazz studies are possible through elective credits. Contact Dr. Ken Metz at for more information on the Composition emphasis. (Auditions and Scholarships info - bottom of page)

Degree Sequence (BA in Music with an emphasis in Composition)

We offer the following degree sequence (four-year degree plan) to assist students and advisors.

Following this sequence increases the likelihood of completing this degree in four years' time. Dropping courses, retaking classes, or registering for less than a full course load will delay graduation, so always consult your academic advisor before deviating from this suggested sequence. Students may enroll in a course only if they have met all prerequisites for that course. Check the UIW Bulletin for details.

Program of Study (Degree Requirements) for BA in Music with an emphasis in Composition)

A. 32-36 credit hours of Musicianship:

    • MUSI 1100 Introduction to Aural Skills (subject to Aural Skills Diagnostic Test results)
    • MUSI 1300 Introduction to Music Theory (subject to Theory Diagnostic Test results)
    • MUSI 1191 Aural Skills I (1)
    • MUSI 1192 Aural Skills II (1)
    • MUSI 2193 Advanced Aural Skills III (1)
    • MUSI 2194 Advanced Aural Skills IV (1)
    • MUSI 1321 Music Theory I (3)
    • MUSI 1322 Music Theory II (3)
    • MUSI 2323 Music Theory III (3)
    • MUSI 3324 Music Theory IV (3)
    • MUSI 1111 Keyboard Skills I (1)
    • MUSI 1121 Keyboard Skills II (1)
    • MUSI 2110 Keyboard Skills III (1)
    • MUSI 2120 Keyboard Skills IV (1): includes Keyboard Proficiency Exam
    • MUSI 3341 Music History I (3)
    • MUSI 3342 Music History II (3)
    • MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music OR MUSI 3351 Music in Asian Theater (3)
    • MUSI 4341 Research and Writing in Music (3)

B. 21 credit hours of Applied Music and other required upper level:

    • 12 credit hours of principal instrument in either voice or one focused instrument
    • Vocal track: MUAP 1276, 1277, 2276, 2277, 3276, 3277
    • Instrumental track: MUAP 1254, 1255, 2254 2255, 3254, 3255
    • MUSI 4344 Conducting (3)
    • 6 semester hours of major ensembles: Chorale, Orchestra, Band, Wind Ensemble, or Jazz Ensemble

C. 24 credit hours in Area of Emphasis:

    • 12 credit hours of private instruction in composition: MUAP 2256, 2257, 3256, 3257, 4256, 4257
    • MUAP 40XX Composition Recital (check the music Department Student Handbook for specific guidelines)
    • MUST 2325 Studio Arranging (3)
    • MUST 3323 Orchestration (3)
    • MUST 3327 Counterpoint (3)
    • MUSI 4323 Form and Analysis (3)

D. Free Electives: 1-3 credit hours - Note: MUAP 1244, MUSI 1311, MUSI 1100, MUSI 1300, or any other music course prescribed as remedial, will not be counted as a free elective.

E. CORE COURSES: 43 required credit hours of General Studies (see university CORE as specified in the applicable catalogue) or visit:

MUAP NOTE: Students who, at the time of their entrance audition, are deemed unprepared for freshman-level MUAP lessons, will be placed in appropriate preparation courses (MUAP 1244 or MUSI 1311), which will not count toward their degree plan as either Music courses or Free Electives.

Audition Requirements - Audition Requirements and Dates

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation, with no less than 36 upper division
(3000-4000 level) courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements
for the degree are fulfilled as stated in the undergraduate catalog.

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