Major status for the B.M. Music Composition degree is determined for new students (freshmen and transfer students) by the faculty through the standard Conservatory admissions process. Prospective Composition majors may enroll in up to four semesters of composition (CONSVTY 133, CONSVTY 134, CONSVTY 233 and CONSVTY 234). CONSVTY 234 is the final semester that a student can petition for major status.
The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Students will demonstrate their musical voice as creative artists, and consistently produce works.
- Students will master analytical and technical skills in music in a variety of media and genres.
- Students will demonstrate their skills as collaborators with performers and generative artists and promote their work.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 recommended) 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B 1||3|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirements
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|CONSVTY 310||Keyboard Skills IV||1|
|CONSVTY 133||Beginning Composition I||3|
|CONSVTY 134||Beginning Composition II||3|
|CONSVTY 233||Intermediate Composition I||3|
|CONSVTY 234||Intermediate Composition II||3|
|CONSVTY 333||Advanced Composition (Take 3 semesters )||9|
|CONSVTY 433||Composition Recital||3|
|Applied Lessons and Studio Class 1|
|Choose one of the following:||10|
Applied Music Interest Area A: Complete level 101 through 301 in any single primary instrument offered by the Conservatory.
Applied Music Interest Area B: Complete ten hours of primary and/or second instrument applied music courses and/or techniques classes.
Applied Music Interest Area C: Complete six hours of CONSVTY 335 (Electronic Music Composition) plus four hours of 100B level second instrument applied music courses and/or techniques classes.
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)||3|
|Analysis, Orchestration and Conducting|
|CONSVTY 331A||Orchestration I||3|
|CONSVTY 380||Basic Conducting - Choral||2|
|or CONSVTY 381||Basic Conducting - Instrumental|
|CONSVTY 431||Orchestration II||2|
|Advanced Ear Training and Counterpoint|
|CONSVTY 329||Advanced Ear Training||2|
|CONSVTY 427||18th Century Counterpoint I||2|
|CONSVTY 428||Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory||3|
|CONSVTY 235||Techniques of Electronic Music I: Digital Audio||3|
|or CONSVTY 236||Techniques of Electronic Music II: MIDI|
|Students must complete a total of 8 ensemble courses and may select from any ensemble offered by the Conservatory. 2|
|CONSVTY 301G Ensemble for Composers must be taken at least twice in two different semesters. 3|
Instrument: BASSOON, CELLO, CLARINET, EUPHONIUM, FLUTE, GUITAR, HORN, OBOE, ORGAN, PERCUSSION, PIANO, SAXOPHONE, STRING BASS, TROMBONE, TRUMPET, TUBA, VIOLA, VIOLIN, OR VOICE.
While all BM Composition students must complete 8 ensemble courses, the total number of credit hours completed will depend upon the ensemble courses selected. Ensemble course options include: CONSVTY 301G, CONSVTY 302, CONSVTY 303MP, CONSVTY 306A, CONSVTY 306C, CONSVTY 307B, CONSVTY 307C, CONSVTY 308A
A maximum of 4 hours of 301G Ensemble for Composers will be counted towards graduation requirements.
GPA Minimum: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 120
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.