BM in Music with Emphasis in Composition

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with an emphasis in Composition focuses on music theory, methodology, composition of music, and music history.  The program requires 130-145 hours, including courses in music theory, music history, studio instruction, and ensembles.  It is designed for the student who intends to pursue a career as a composer, performer, or college teacher, as well as the student who plans to enter graduate school to pursue further study in one of these areas. Admission to the composition emphasis area requires an application, examination, and/or samples of work.  Incoming freshmen accepted to the University of Missouri may be admitted to the BM composition major after a review of sample compositions and an interview with the composition faculty (normally on one of the Mizzou Music Days). Students already pursuing a music degree may be admitted to the emphasis area, typically toward the end of the sophomore year of study, through an application and examination process.

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Major Program Requirements

In addition to the list of required courses below for the emphasis in Composition, students must complete the bachelor of music, college and university requirements, including Arts & Science Foundation Requirements.

MUS_GENL 1091Recital Attendance for Undergraduate Music Majors0
MUS_APMS 1435Studio Instruction for Majors (total of 4 credit hours)1
MUS_APMS 2455Studio Instruction (total of 8 credit hours)1-5
MUS_APMS 3455Studio Instruction (total of 8 credit hours)1-3
MUS_ENS 1841Instrumental Ensemble (total of 8 credit hours)0-1
or MUS_ENS 1842 Choral Ensemble
MUS_THRY 1210Introduction to Computer Technology and Music2
MUS_THRY 1220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music I2
MUS_THRY 1221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music II2
MUS_THRY 1230Aural Training and Sight Singing I2
MUS_THRY 1231Aural Training and Sight Singing II2
MUS_THRY 2215Composition I2
MUS_THRY 2216Composition II2
MUS_THRY 2220Syntax, Structure and Style of Music III2
MUS_THRY 2221Syntax, Structure and Style of Music IV2
MUS_THRY 2230Aural Training and Sight Singing III2
MUS_THRY 2231Aural Training and Sight Singing IV2
MUS_THRY 3215Composition III2
MUS_THRY 3216Composition IV2
MUS_THRY 4215Composition V2
MUS_THRY 4216Composition VI2
MUS_THRY 422020th Century Composition Techniques2
MUS_THRY 4223Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MUS_THRY 4225Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint3
MUS_THRY 4227Orchestration2
MUS_THRY 4245Introduction to Electronic Music2
MUS_THRY 42xx Theory Elective 2+2+26
MUS_H_LI 1322Introduction to Music in the United States2
MUS_H_LI 2307History of Western Music I2
MUS_H_LI 2308History of Western Music II2
MUS_H_LI 43xx History Elective 3+36
MUS_I_VT 1610Group Piano for Music Majors I1
MUS_I_VT 1611Group Piano for Music Majors II1
MUS_I_VT 2610Group Piano for Music Majors III1
MUS_I_VT 2611Group Piano for Music Majors IV1
MUS_I_VT 2631Basic Conducting and Score Reading2
Total Credits69-76

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_THRY 12102MUS_THRY 12212
MUS_THRY 12202MUS_THRY 12312
MUS_THRY 12302MUS_THRY 22162
MUS_THRY 22152MUS_H_LI 13222
MUS_I_VT 16101MUS_I_VT 16111
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
MUS_APMS 24552MUS_APMS 24552
Non-Music Courses6-8Non-Music Courses6-8
 18-20 18-20
Second Year
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_APMS 14351MUS_APMS 14351
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
MUS_THRY 22202MUS_THRY 22212
MUS_THRY 22302MUS_THRY 32162
MUS_THRY 32152MUS_THRY 22312
MUS_H_LI 23072MUS_H_LI 23082
MUS_APMS 24552MUS_APMS 24552
MUS_I_VT 26101MUS_I_VT 26111
Non-Music Courses3-5Non-Music Courses3-5
 16-18 16-18
Third Year
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_GENL 10910
MUS_APMS 14351MUS_APMS 14351
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
MUS_APMS 34552MUS_I_VT 26312
MUS_THRY 42152MUS_APMS 34552
MUS_THRY 42202MUS_THRY 42162
MUS_THRY 42272MUS_THRY 42xx (Theory Elective)2
MUS_THRY 42233Non-Music Courses4-6
MUS_THRY 42452 
Non-Music Courses3 
 18 14-16
Fourth Year
MUS_GENL 10910MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421
MUS_ENS 1841 or 18421MUS_APMS 34552
MUS_APMS 34552MUS_THRY 42162
MUS_THRY 42162Music History Elective Course3
MUS_THRY 42253Music Theory Elective Course2
Music History Elective Course3Non-Music Courses4-7
Music Theory Elective Course2 
Non-Music Courses3-5 
 16-18 14-17
Total Credits: 130-145

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Degree Audit


The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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