2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Composition, BM

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Traditional Major Program Requirements (84-86 units)

The Bachelor of Music in Composition prepares students with the fundamental musical skills, technical competencies, stylistic understanding, creative tools, and artistic cultivation to successfully pursue a career in music composition. Highlights of the program include strong theoretical and musicianship training, thorough studies in history and literature from a variety of styles and periods, study of compositional techniques from early to contemporary composers, and performance training in a major instrument which includes private study with CBU faculty and consistent engagement with professional performers through residencies and masterclasses. Students in the program will also be required to actively compose and perform throughout their tenure in the program. These performances include individual solo performances, a capstone composition recital, opportunities to compose for CBU ensembles and have new student works performed, and collaborative performances in a wide cross-section of stylistic genres.

General Education Requirements (40-55 units)

The General Education requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other University degree programs. Twelve (12) units of G.E. requirements will be met through the specific coursework of the Composition major. See School of Music Handbook for details.

Core Applied Music Requirements


*Enrollment in Class Piano (MUS 012  or 022 ) is required of music majors whose primary instrument is other than piano each semester until the Piano Proficiency requirements are met. An opportunity to attempt to pass the Piano Proficiency exam for first semester students will be offered during rehearsal camp. For returning students, an attempt to pass the exam or portions of the exam will be offered at the end of each semester. See Music Handbook for Piano Proficiency requirements.

**Students must complete eight (8) units of Private Instruction on the same instrument or voice.


1Enrollment in MUS 050 - Performance Forum  is required for each semester in residence of all music majors.

2Enrollment for one unit of MUS 080 -089 , 460 -469  Private Instruction is required for each semester of residence for all music majors. A minimum of eight (8) units is required.

3Enrollment is required in at least one Major Ensemble (MUS 067 , 068 , 091 , 092 , 094 , 097 , 099 , 490A 490B 490C 490D 490E 490F 490H ) for full credit during each semester of enrollment at California Baptist University. A minimum of eight (8) units is required. Additional ensembles may be taken for 0-1 units.

Composition Major Requirements

Additional Requirements

Students must complete twelve (12) units of additional upper division music electives


Complete one of the concentrations: Jazz Studies; Keyboard Collaborative Arts; Live Music Production (MD); Songwriting; Studio Production; Worship Arts; Worship Tech


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