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MM in Music Theory and Composition with Concentration in Songwriting Curriculum

Typical Semester-by-Semester Schedule (39 Points)

YEAR 1

Fall
12 points

MPATC-GE.2090

Songwriters Forum* 
(our primary practicum in Songwriting)

3

MPATC-GE.2095

Songwriting History & Criticism: 14 Songs I
(1956-1979)

3

MPATC-GE.2321

Private Composition Lessons**
(one-on-one sessions with Songwriting faculty)

3

MPATC-GE.2049

Contemporary Scoring***
(includes professional training in Pro Tools and Logic)

3

Spring
12 points

MPATC-GE.2096

Songwriting History & Criticism II: 14 Songs II
(1980-2005)

3

MPATC-GE.2321

Private Composition Lessons

3

 

Guided Elective

6

YEAR 2

Fall
12 points

MPATC-GE.2090

Songwriters Forum* (our primary practicum in Songwriting)

3

MPAMB-GE.2225

Music Publishing

3

MPATC-GE.2321

Private Composition Lessons** (one-on-one sessions with Songwriting faculty)

3

 

Guided Elective

3

Spring
3 points

MPATC-GE.2026

Colloquy in Music (an independent "terminal experience"; while flexible, many students write and/or record a group of songs)

3

 

* taken twice for 3 points, each

** required in 3 of 4 semesters

*** if proficient with a DAW, may take production courses, including Production For Songwriters (MPATE-GE 2637), Production For Producers (MPATE-GE 2638), and Mixing in the DAW (MPATE- GE 2135).

 

Degree Requirements by Type (39 Units)

Required Courses

30 units

CORE
6 units

MPATC-GE.2095

Songwriting History and Criticism I

3

MPAJZ-GE.2096

Songwriting History and Criticism II

3

AREA OF CONCENTRATION: Songwriting
21 units

MPATC-GE.2090

Songwriters Forum (taken twice for 3 points, each)

6

MPATC-GE.2321 Private Composition Lessons (taken three times for 3 points, each) 9

MPAMB-GE.2225

Music Publishing

3

Terminal Experience 
3 units

MPATC-GE.2026

Colloquy in Music

3

GUIDED ELECTIVES (by advisement)
Note: This is a sample of pertinent courses. Many more are available.

9 units

**A “core” or “concentration” course that is not used to satisfy that category can be used as a guided elective

Music Technology & Business

MPATE-GE.2047

Advanced Computer Music

3

MPATE-GE.2135

Mixing in the Digital Audio Workstation 3

MPATE-GE.2604

Game Audio 3

MPATE-GE.2620

Audio for Video 3

MPATE-GE.2629

Advanced Audio Production

3

MPATE-GE.2635

Audio for Games and Immersive Environment 3

MPATE-GE.2650

Ear Training for Audio Engineers 3

MPAMB-GE.2101

Principles and Practice in The Music Industry

3

MPAMB-GE.2201

Artists & Repertoire Seminar in Music Business

3

Music History/Literature

MPATC-GE.2025 African-American Music: Its Origins and Influence on Songwriting 3

MPATC-GE.2069

Opera in the 20th Century

3

Music Theory & Composition

MPATC-GE.202x

Seminar in Composition

3

MPATC-GE.2039

Contemporary Music

3

MPATC-GE.2042

Psychology of Music

3

MPATC-GE.2046

Music Criticism 3

MPATC-GE.204x

Scoring Techniques (for Film and Animation or Video Games) 3

MPATC-GE.2081

Advanced Orchestration: Screen Scoring 3

MPATC-GE.2082

Advanced Orchestration: Concert Music 3

MPATC-GE.2088

Orchestration I 3

MPATC-GE.2109

Narrative Writing for Music Analysis 3

MPATC-GE.2127

Compositional Processes in the Symphony 3

MPATC-GE.2131

Conducting: Foundations 1

MPATC-GE.2133

Conducting: Intermediate 2

MPATC-GE.2134

Conducting: Advanced Musical Theater 3

MPATC-GE.2135

Conducting: Advanced Instrumental 3

MPATC-GE.220x

Seminar in Music Theory 3

MPAVP-GE.2321

Musical Theatre Songwriting Seminar 3

MPATC-GE.2424

Composers Forum 1

MPATC-GE.2429

Music Notation 1

MPATC-GE.2550

Screen Music: History, Analysis, and Aesthetics 3

MPATC-GE.2555

Music Editing for Screen Music 3

MPATC-GE.2xxx

Orchestration II 3

Related areas of interest

MPAME-GE.2021

Music Reference and Research Materials

3

MPAMT-GE.2946

Music Improvisation for Artistic Growth

3

MPAJZ-GE.2273

Jazz Arranging Techniques I (including Jazz Theory I)

3

MPAVP-GE.2181

Background Vocal Recording Techniques Ensemble 

2

MPAxx-GE.2321

Secondary Private Lesson (in Vocal Performance, Jazz Studies, or Instrumental Performance)

2

* OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Baccalaureate in Music Composition or its academic equivalent

Successful completion of exams in Music Theory, Aural Training, and Music History and any required remedial classes resulting from those exams.