Composition Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2016–summer 2017 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2016, search major grids for past catalog years.

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    Core

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    Major

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    Liberal Arts

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    Electives

Semester 1

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-111 Private Instruction 1 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
PW-111 Music Application and Theory 4
ET-111 Ear Training 1 2
LHUM-100 Artistry, Creativity, Inquiry 2
LENG-111 Writing and Communication 3
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
Total Credits 16

Semester 2

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-112 Private Instruction 2 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
AR-111 Arranging 1 2
ET-112 Ear Training 2 2
HR-112 Harmony 2 2
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
LENG-201 Literature 3
Total Credits 14

Semester 3 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-211 Private Instruction 3 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
ET-231 Solfege 1 2
HR-211 Harmony 3 2
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 3
LMSC-xxx Mathematics/Natural Sciences 3
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
Total Credits 16

Semester 4 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-212 Private Instruction 4 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
ET-232 Solfege 2 2
HR-212 Harmony 4 2
COND-211/216 Conducting 1 OR Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble 1
CP-215 The Art of Counterpoint 2 2
LHIS-xxx History 3
CM-221 Techniques of Tonal Writing 2
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 1
Total Credits 16

Semester 5

Course # Title Credits
COND-212/217 Conducting 2 OR Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble 1
LSOC-xxx Social Sciences 3
MHIS-251 General Music History 1 2
MLAN-311 Analysis of Classical and Romantic Music 2
CP-311 Advanced Counterpoint 2
CM-311 Contemporary Techniques in Composition 1 2
CM-231 Instrumentation and Score Preparation 2
CM-xxx Approved Specified Electives 2
Total Credits 16

Semester 6

Course # Title Credits
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
MHIS-252 General Music History 2 2
LAHS-xxx Art History 3
LXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective 3
CM-312 Contemporary Techniques in Composition 2 2
MLAN-312 Analysis: 20th- and 21st-Century * 2
CM-398 Directed Study in Composition 1 1
Total Credits 15

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
MHIS-22X/241 African American Music History and Culture - MHIS 22X/241 2
LMAS-xxx Music and Society (from approved list) 3
LXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective 3
CM-441 Scoring for Full Orchestra 2
CM-497 Directed Study in Composition 2 1
CM-xxx Approved Specified Electives 2
XX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
CM-498 Directed Study in Composition 3 2
CM-xxx Approved Specified Electives 4
XX-xxx General Electives 6
Total Credits 12

* Offered spring and fall only

Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that Composition majors study in Valencia during their third or fourth semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.