Jul 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Composition, B.M.

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Peter Mowrey, Co-Chair
Lisa Wong, Co-Chair
Carrie Culver
Jonathan Guez
Jeffrey Lindberg
Thomas Wood
Josephine Wright

The College of Wooster has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1947. The requirements for entrance and for graduation as set forth in this catalogue are in accordance with the published standards of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Department of Music provides students with comprehensive training in performance, composition, music theory, music education, music therapy, and music history and literature. The successful Wooster Music major will graduate with greatly enhanced musicality and technique, a deeper understanding of musical structure and style, and thorough preparation for a lifetime of musicianship. Depending on the degree, the Music major will be well prepared to seek a career as a professional musician; to teach music in public and private schools or in private studios; to utilize music as a therapeutic tool; and/or to continue study at the graduate level.


Major in Music

The Department of Music offers the following five degree programs in Music:

The liberal arts degree: Bachelor of Arts in Music
Pre-professional degrees: Bachelor of Music in Performance*
  Bachelor of Music in Composition*
  Bachelor of Music  Therapy *
  Bachelor of Music Education in Public School Teaching*

Degrees marked with an asterisk (*) require a successful audition for entrance into the program. Please see the Handbook for Music Students and Faculty for further details.

Required of all Music majors, regardless of degree:

  • Recital attendance requirement: 10 events per semester (see Handbook for details)
  • Successful performance on the Piano Proficiency Examination (see Handbook for details)
  • Specific course requirements (see individual degree listings in Degree Requirements  section of this Catalogue)

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Consists of twenty-four course credits:

Special Notes

  1. Required courses outside the major differ from those of the B.A. degree; see Degree Requirements  for details.
  2. Music Theory MUSC 10100  and MUSC 10200  require concurrent enrollment in a quarter-credit Class Piano course (MUSC 18100 /MUSC 18200 ) unless the student has completed the course or places out of this requirement; for many students, then, one half-credit of “music electives” will be in Class Piano.

Special Notes for All Music Students

  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.
  • Advanced Placement: The advanced placement policy of the College is explained in the section on Admissions .
  • Gateway Courses/Non Majors Courses: Many students have found music courses to be a valuable supplement to their major in the natural and social sciences and other humanities departments. Any student may take these courses, regardless of prior musical background. The 200-level courses below may also be taken as Music electives by Music majors. Students who wish to take upper-level music history courses and advanced music theory courses are strongly encouraged, given appropriate background, to take MUSC 10100  (Music Theory I) and co-requisite MUSC 18100  (Class Piano) as first courses in music. All courses below earn one course credit.

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