Theory & Composition
The purpose of the music theory and composition department is to develop musical understanding through score study, performance, and the creation of music. Special attention is paid to gaining fluency with musical concepts and topics through a gradated and integrated curriculum.
Theory/Composition majors are required to present a 30-50 minute recital of original works and/or a lecture/demonstration on a research topic in the spring semester of their senior year. Music for the recital must be from the approved portfolio, and the research project will be developed in consultation with the department head. The students are responsible for setting the recital and rehearsal dates, securing performers, and producing published quality scores and parts.
The portfolio is music that has met a high standard in artistry and notation. The portfolio will be developed during the three years of formal composition study. To maintain a uniform standard, the head of the composition department must approve all pieces before they can be added to the portfolio. A CD recording of the senior recital and the recital program will complete the portfolio.
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