The Bachelor of Music in Composition is a professional degree that prepares students for careers as composers and/or for graduate studies in composition and related fields such as film composing and music theory. Successful completion of this degree requires that the candidate give a public recital of his or her original compositions. To enter the program, students must be able to read notated music and demonstrate strong technical proficiency in voice or on an instrument. Composition students at UIW concentrate on classical (art music) style; jazz studies are possible through elective credits. Contact Dr. Ken Metz at for more information on this degree.

Audition Requirements - Audition Dates - Degree Sequence

Prerequisites: Students who, at the time of their entrance audition, are deemed unprepared for freshman-level MUAP lessons or MUSI courses may be placed in one or more the following courses: MUAP 1144, MUSI 1311, MUSI 1381, MUSI 1100, MUSI 1300. These courses are prerequisites to the pursuit of a music degree at UIW and are not counted as part of the degree or as free electives.

Requirements for the B.M. in Composition (126 credit hours)

A. Musicianship (49 credit hours):

MUSI 1110 Freshman Seminar (2) (two semesters)
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)
MUSI 4344 Conducting (3)
MUST 2325 Studio Arranging (3)
MUSI 3323 Orchestration (3)
MUSI 3327 Counterpoint (3)
MUSI 4323 Form and Analysis (3)

B. Applied Music (16 credit hours)

10 credit hours of lessons in voice or principal instrument

Voice: MUAP 1176, 1177, 2276, 2277, 3276, 3277
Instrument: MUAP 1154, 1155, 2254 2255, 3254, 3255

6 credit hours of major ensembles:

  • Chorale (MUEN 1131), Orchestra (MUEN 1185), or Band (MUEN 1140 and MUEN 1185)
  • Voice PRINCIPALS should be in Chorale (MUEN 1131) both Fall and Spring
  • String PRINCIPALS should be in Orchestra (MUEN 1185) both Fall and Spring
  • Guitar and Piano PRINCIPALS should be Chorale (MUEN 1131) both Fall and Spring
  • Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion PRINCIPALS should be in Marching Band (MUEN 1140, Fall) and Wind Ensemble (MUEN 1185, Spring) 

C. Composition (12 credit hours)

12 credit hours of private instruction in composition:

MUAP 2256, 2257, 3256, 3257, 4256, 4257
MUAP 4090 Composition Recital (check the music Department Student Handbook for specific guidelines)

D. Free Electives (9 credit hours)

E. Core Curriculum

40 required credit hours of General Studies. See university Core as specified in the applicable catalog.

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation, with no less than 36 hours in 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.