Music - Performance/Composition Emphasis

The popularity of music is-and always has been-a major cultural influence throughout the world. Music can speak to current trends and styles, or it can retell history. The performance/composition offers students core music principles, and train each musician to develop a unique style based on these principles.

Unique Features

The performance/composition emphasis offers courses in lyric diction, music arrangement and scoring, conducting, voice pedagogy and piano pedagogy.

Our Graduates

This emphasis is designed for students with ambitions to pursue a career or hobby in music performance and/or composition.


Required Courses (6 Units)

Select two of the following in consultation with the program director:

  • MUS-230/231 Lyric Diction I/II (2, 2) (two semester course, required for voice majors)
  • MUS-411 Scoring and Arranging (3)
  • MUS-450 Conducting I (3)
  • MUS-451 Conducting II (3)
  • MUS-460 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
  • MUS-461 Piano Pedagogy (2)

    Voice performance majors are required to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a second language, particularly Italian, French or German, and earn a grade of B or better.

    Participation in MUS-115/315 Vocal Performance Workshop is required: four semesters for voice performance emphasis majors.

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