Composition Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2018–summer 2019 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2018, 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
LENS-10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-101 Engaging with Artistic Space (Boston only)
LENS-103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues (Boston only)
LENS-107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning (Boston only)
LENS-109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing 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-223 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
XXXX-xxx Mathematics/Natural Sciences (200 level or above) - choose 1
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics
LMSC-209 Architectural Acoustics
LMSC-210 Principles of Audio Electronics
LMSC-221 The Science of Health
LMSC-222 Oceanography
LMSC-223 Math/Science Topics
LMSC-224 Concepts in Contemporary Science
LMSC-225 Natural Disasters
LMSC-240 Technology, Self, and Society
LMSC-251 Data Management and Statistics
LMSC-271 The Body, Sound, and Inspiration in Performance and Beyond
LMSC-281 Logic and Programming
LMSC-306 Principles of Physics
LMSC-307 Introduction to Psychoacoustics
LMSC-318 Environmental Science
LMSC-424 Human Anatomy and Physiology
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
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
CP-215 The Art of Counterpoint 2 2
LHIS-xxx History (any LHIS course) 3
CM-221 Techniques of Tonal Writing 2
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 1
Total Credits 16

Semester 5

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Conducting 2 - choose 1
COND-212 Conducting 2
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LSOC-xxx Social Sciences (any LSOC course) 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
XXXX-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
LVIS-xxx Visual Studies (any LVIS course) 3
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
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 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States - choose 1
MHIS-221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-222 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Icons
MHIS-223 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Chronology
2
LMAS-xxx Music and Society (any LMAS course) 3
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
CM-441 Scoring for Full Orchestra 2
CM-497 Directed Study in Composition 2 1
XXXX-xxx Approved Specified Electives 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
CM-498 Directed Study in Composition 3 2
XXXX-xxx Approved Specified Electives 4
XXXX-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.