Jun 03, 2023  
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog

Musical Studies - Music Composition Track, B.M.

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Program Requirements

Basic Musicianship Sequence: 29 Credits Required for Bachelor of Music Degrees

Students with a studio emphasis in piano are exempt from the two Keyboard Skills courses.


Upper Division Music Theory and History Electives: 21 Credits

Instrumentation, Orchestration, or Arranging Elective 3 Credits *
Counterpoint Elective 3 Credits
Jazz, Pop, Ethnomusicology Elective 3 Credits
Theory/Analysis Elective 3 Credits (Must be non-jazz/pop. MUCT 301 , MUCT 302 , MUCT 330  cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.)
Music History Elective 3 Credits (Any upper-level MUCH course except those that would satisfy the Jazz, Pop, Ethnomusicology category.)
Free Upper Division Music History or Theory Electives 6 Credits

Composition Track: 55 Credits


Studio Lessons

8 semesters @ 3 credits

Non-Music Liberal Arts Electives: 6 Credits


  • Students are accepted for admission who demonstrate by audition the potential to accomplish Level A in area of applied study by the end of the fourth semester. If the Level A is not satisfactorily completed by the end of the fourth semester, a change of applied area or curriculum may be recommended.
  • The minimum performance requirement for the major in Musical Studies is satisfactory completion of Level A and the performance of a ten-minute or 30-minute recital.
  • To transfer into this degree program from another major or from another institution, and to remain in the program beyond the sophomore year, it is necessary to have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and an average of 3.0 in the following courses in the Musicianship Core sequence as they are completed:  MUCC 111 , MUCC 112 , MUCT 103 , MUCT 104  ,MUCT 105 , MUCT 106 , MUCT 203 , MUCT 204 , MUCT 205 , MUCT 206 ,MUCH 201 , MUCH 202 , MUCH 323 , MUCP 209 , MUCP 309 .
  • Details about specific ensemble requirements can be found in the Crane Student Handbook and are dependent on the student’s instrument and track.
  • For students in the Composition track, the Crane Student Handbook includes details about specific requirements in the degree, including:
    1. elective requirements,
    2. composition studio assignments,
    3. the genres of student works composed,
    4. the Composition Sophomore Evaluation, and
    5. the capstone portfolio and performance requirement..
  • Bachelor of Music majors do not take WAYS 301 in the Pathways general education program.
  • A grade of 2.0 or higher is required in each music course in order for it to count toward a major in music. In courses that are sequential, a grade of 2.0 or higher is required for the student to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Total Credit Hours Required: 123

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