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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition (49 credits)

In addition to the Core Requirements, BFA students in Composition must also successfully complete the following courses:

  • APMS 2170 Ensemble (1) (4 semesters*)
  • APMS 2218 Beginning Composition (2) (2 semesters**)
  • APMS 3213 Intermediate Composition (2) (2 semesters)
  • APMS 4233 Advanced Composition/recital prep (3)
  • APMS 4300 Capstone Senior Recital (3)
  • APMS 2090 Musicianship Laboratory III (1)
  • APMS 2100 Musicianship Laboratory IV (1)


  • APMS 3020 18th Century Counterpoint (3)
  • APMS 4040 Orchestration (3)
  • APMS 4950 Special Topics in Music Theory/Advanced Orchestration (3)

*Students may elect to mature within an ensemble by taking the major ensemble for his/her instrument up to 8 times for credit

**Students are encouraged to take applied lessons every semester; however, a course substitution, one semester of APMS 4910 Lecture Recital Prep/Lecture Recital, is available for students lacking one semester of lessons.

***It is strongly recommended that B.F.A Musical Composition students take MUSC 2010 Tonal Analysis: 18th-19th Centuries and MUSC 2020 20th-Century Theory which are offered as part of the CORE.