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BM in Theory and Composition

The B.M. in Theory and Composition is an academically-oriented degree that prepares students for further studies at the graduate level. Recent EKU graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at: Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. In addition, several students have pursued careers in church music and studio teaching.  

Composition lessons begin the second year of the undergraduate sequence. Students who are interested in composition should schedule an interview with Dr. Couvillon either before or during their freshman year to discuss their goals and assess their experience level. Students who complete this interview process will be allowed to register for MUS 283, Beginning Composition.

In order to be formally accepted into the B.M. Theory and Composition program, students must: 1) have successfully completed their Junior Comprehensive Exams and 2) have made sufficient progress in their first two semesters of MUS 283. Students who are judged to have made insufficient progress may be allowed to take an additional semester of MUS 283 to bring their work up to an acceptable level.

Theory and Composition students take six semesters of private study in composition, where they learn to compose music in a variety of styles for both instruments and voices. Students also attend the EKU Composers Forum and have the opportunity to have their music performed at the annual student composers recital.

Theory and Composition students will acquire fluency in computer-based notation, recording technology and keyboard skills. Composition majors whose primary instrument is not piano will be required to take two addition semesters of private keyboard study.

MUS 499, the capstone course for Theory and Composition majors combines a senior paper/presentation on an approved music theory topic with a 25-30 minute half recital of their original compositions.

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