Composition Concentration | Music Major | Concordia University Irvine

Music Major

Composition Concentration

School of Arts and Sciences

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Curriculum

Arrangers, songwriters, symphonists, copyists, and digital audio creators are in higher demand than ever before in history. Music pervades almost every aspect of our lives, and someone has to write it! A successful musical composition does not generate out of a cookie-cutter, institutional approach to music. It comes from a combination of rich life-learning experiences and expert musical guidance. A combination of Concordia's Q&I curriculum and one-on-one faculty mentorship that starts immediately after students gain a solid basis in music theory. The one-on-one training typically lasts 2-4 years, providing students a level of customization and detailed guidance that is unparalleled by most institutions.

If you want to have a conversation with a professor about the Composition Concentration, please contact Dr. Tom Mueller.
tom.mueller@cui.edu
949-214-3651

  • Composition Concentration
  • 17 Units
  • MUCO 101: Private Lessons: Composition I
  • 2

N/A

OR

  • MUCO 201: Private Lessons: Composition II
  • 2

N/A

  • MUCO 301: Private Lessons: Composition III
  • 4

N/A

OR

  • MUCO 401: Private Lessons: Composition IV
  • 4

N/A

  • MUS 216: Music Technology I
  • 2

An introduction to music technology hardware and software, focusing on the tools and methods used to create, prepare and perform music. Topics include MIDI, digital audio workstations, score preparation, live performance systems, and methods of music production. Students will participate in hands-on projects in which they will apply their understanding of basic music technology principles. Students should be able to read muscial notation.

  • MUS 305: Arranging
  • 2

This course introduces students to the basic principles of arranging pre-existing musical material for the small ensembles commonly encountered in church, educational, and commercial settings. Aspects of reharmonization, voicing, scoring, part generation, and idiomatic instrumental and choral writing will be studied. Pre-requisite: MUS 202.

  • MUS 403: Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • 3

The course focuses on the practical and artistic aspects of scoring for large instrumental and choral ensembles. A significant portion of the class will be devoted to a study of the tonal and technical characteristics of band and orchestral instruments. Through class readings, score study, and composition-oriented projects, students will build competence in arranging and composing for large ensembles. Pre-requisite: MUS 303.

  • MUS 392: Practicum: Composition
  • 2

Projects in music composition guided by a faculty mentor.

  • Choose 2 units from the following:
  • MUKP 100C: Piano Class III
  • 1

This course will build upon the skills gained in MUKP 100B as students continue to develop basic keyboard skills. Pre-requisite: MUKP 100B or instructor's permission.

  • MUKP 101: Private Lessons: Piano I
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKP 201: Private Lessons: Piano II
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKP 301: Private Lessons: Piano III
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKP 401: Private Lessons: Piano IV
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKO 101: Private Lessons: Organ I
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKO 201: Private Lessons: Organ II
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKO 301: Private Lessons: Organ III
  • 1

N/A

  • MUKO 401: Private Lessons: Organ IV
  • 1

N/A

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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