Music Composition BM

Program Purpose


This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see the college advisement center for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

The BM in Composition degree program teaches young composers to write with modern and experimental music vocabularies (for artistic expression) as well as historic vocabularies (for accompanying theatrical or cinematic productions), write for diverse color combinations (including orchestral and electroacoustic), and recruit and rehearse players to perform their music.

Curricular Structure

The program offers courses not only in the core but in orchestration, counterpoint, as well as private lessons and group seminars in composition, including electronic composition.

Learning Outcomes


Composition

Compose music with modern, contemporary, historical, experimental, etc., music vocabularies.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 188 MUSIC 287 MUSIC 288 MUSIC 293 MUSIC 387R MUSIC 581 MUSIC 583
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Colors

Write for diverse color combinations, including orchestral and electroacoustic resources.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 188 MUSIC 287 MUSIC 288 MUSIC 387R MUSIC 481 MUSIC 581
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Concert

Prepare and present a juried recital of their own music during their senior year.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 161 MUSIC 222 MUSIC 235A MUSIC 387R MUSIC 449 MUSIC 481 MUSIC 581 MUSIC 583
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Canon

Expand and deepen one's knowledge of the contemporary canon of serious composition.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 387R MUSIC 581
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence

Evidence of Learning


We accept the online teacher evaluation forms. Also, since all composition faculty and students meet in seminar together at least once every week, we continually discuss ways of improving, new processes and prospects, new formats, and so on, to keep our program limber. Students submit portfolios for jurying every semester of composition study. As a composition faculty we meet together in a monthly planning/evaluation meeting. We have a semi-annual end-of-semester meeting to take stock.

Direct Measures

We recognize the difficulty of assessing musicality, creativity, and originality objectively, and understand the very act of measuring them drains away their virtue and value. We assess other more explicit evidence of learning using traditional tools throughout the course of classes and lessons, and at periodic advisement points as determined by the college advisement center. These tools include:

- Examinations

- Quizzes

- Term papers

- Evaluation of performance in private lessons and large ensemble

- Monitoring progress through the College Advisement Center

Indirect Measures

Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:

- Alumni Questionnaire

- Senior Survey

- Feedback from colleagues outside of BYU

- AIMS survey

- Student evaluations

- Student focus groups

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


- We do not have current data to analyze and evaluate other than the placement record of our students in fine graduate programs, winning competitions and commissions, establishing professional careers, and so forth.

- We will explore the implementation of regular updates to the college curriculum committee.