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Performance: Composition Emphasis

Bachelor of Music

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The program trains students for careers as professional musicians -- performers in classical or jazz music, and composers. After completing the basic curriculum, the student chooses an area of specialization. Students may specialize in composition, jazz, a keyboard instrument, string/harp, guitar, voice, wind instrument, or percussion. They train in solo performance, coached ensemble, and conducted ensemble.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://web.cfa.arizona.edu/music/
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MUS 110A Piano Class 1
MUS 120A Musical Skills and Structure I 3
MUS 130A Intro to Music Literature 2
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUSI 182 A-Z 2
ENG 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 105/110/PHIL 110 3
2nd Semester
MUS 110B Piano Class I 1
MUS 120B Musical Skills and Structure I 3
MUS 130B Introduction to Music Literature 2
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
MUSI 182 A-Z 2
ENG 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MUS 240 Introduction to Composition 3
MUS 210A Piano Class 1
MUS 220A Musical Skills & Structure II 3
MUSI 282 A-Z 2
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MUS 240 Introduction to Composition 3
MUS 210B Piano Class 1
MUS 220B Musical Skills & Structure II 3
MUSI 282 A-Z 2
MUS 200B, C, D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
MUS 340 Composition 3
MUS 420A Counterpoint 3
MUS 320 Form and Structure in 20th Century Music 3
MUS 330A History of Western Music 3
MUS 370 Introduction to Conducting 2
MUSI 282 A-Z 2
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
6th Semester
MUS 340 Composition 3
MUS 420B Counterpoint 3
MUS 421 Orchestration 3
MUS 330B History of Western Music 3
MUSI 282 A-Z 2
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
7th Semester
MUS 440 Composition 3
MUS 441 Electro Acoustic Recording 3
MUS 427A Careers in Music 2
MUSI 382 A-Z 2
MUS 400D, E, H, I, J, K, L, O, Q, R, or S 1
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
MUS 440 Composition 3
MUS 442 Electro-Acoustic Recording 3
MUS 498 Senior Recital 1
MUS 427B Careers in Music 2
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 2

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The Performance major in the Composition concentration provides students with coursework in music theory, literature, and history, as well as intensive practice in piano, compositional technique, orchestration, and preparation for a capstone recital. In addition to pursuing music composition for performing arts companies and recording artists, graduates may find work in education, music direction, arts promotion, advertising or talent management.Performance, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.

Potential Career Areas

  • Music composition
  • Arranging
  • Accompaniment
  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Music direction
  • Public relations

Sample Employers

  • Theatre companies
  • Orchestras
  • Opera companies
  • Dance companies
  • Recording artists
  • Schools
  • Casinos
  • Cruise ships
  • Theme parks
  • Advertising agencies
  • Technology/gaming companies
  • Arts councils

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Composer/Arranger $16,750 - $41,270
Music Director $21,700 - $41,270
Video Game Music Composer $15,000 - $75,000
Librettist $10,000 - $100,000
Musician $15,891 - $44,179
High School Music Teacher $35,000 - $53,200
Public Relations Specialist, Performing Arts $21,000 - $60,000
Music Editor, Television /week $1,700 - $1,900
Audience Development Director $18,000 - $50,000
Talent Director $32,100 - $68,400
Private Music Lesson Teacher $23,000 - $60,000
Music Critic $40,500 - $57,500
Music Supervisor, Film /week $2,000 - $0
Advertising Jingle Writer /project $100 - $8,000