The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus) program in Theory/Composition offers theory and composition training and experience to support the development of personal style. It offers preparation for continued study and entry into the professional music world. Our faculty include award-winning composers, representing a diversity of styles. Students may study a variety of topics in class and privately: traditional and electronic composition, orchestration and arranging, analyses of counterpoint, style and history.
The Cali School is the home of the Harry Partch Institute, and hosts the largest collection of Partch Instruments in the world. Theory/Composition majors may take advantage of this unique opportunity to work with the Partch Instruments.
Guest composers and theorists are frequently invited to lecture and interact with our students. Recent guests have included Jennifer Higdon, Thomas Oboe Lee, Lei Liang, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
The Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition includes six semesters of music theory; six semesters of private theory or composition lessons; eight semesters of the composition seminar; three semesters of music history and one of world music; four semesters of private study on an instrument; and courses in keyboard study, conducting, electronic music, and instrument methods. Students have many opportunities throughout their studies to present their compositions in masterclasses and recitals that lead to a senior recital of their original works. Our faculty, including Ting Ho (Chair), Marcos Balter, Patrick Burns, Marla Meissner, Ruth Rendleman and Scott Richards, work closely with students to develop their original ideas.
Prospective students must show evidence of composition skills in order to be admitted to the program.
Link to Undergraduate Catalog: course listing
The M.A. degree program in Theory/Composition offers advanced studies to support the development of students' personal styles. We offer classes and private lessons in a wide variety of topics, including traditional and electronic composition, orchestration, arranging, counterpoint analysis, style and history. New student works are performed frequently before faculty, mentors, peers and guest artists during masterclasses and recitals. Recent guest composers have included Thomas Oboe Lee, Lei Liang, and Jennifer Higdon. Each year the MSU Symphony and the Shanghai Quartet read works by student composers. Cali School faculty theorists and composers, including Ting Ho (Chair), Marcos Balter, Patrick Burns, Marla Meissner, Ruth Rendleman and Scott Richards, work closely with students to help develop their individual ideas. The MSU Cali School is the home of the Harry Partch Institute, and hosts the largest collection of Partch Instruments in the world. You may take advantage of this unique opportunity to work with these instruments.
The goal of the Theory/Composition program is to prepare students for the professional music world and doctoral programs. The school prides itself to being open to all styles and aesthetics of music as demonstrated by the varying styles of the faculty. Students are encouraged to find their own compositional voices, as well as discovering and studying old and new sounds and aesthetics.
Students must show evidence of strong composition skills in order to be admitted to the program.
For B.Mus. and M.A. programs:
Prof. Ting Ho
For Harry Partch Institute:
Prof. Charles Corey
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