Academics

Composition Programs in North Dakota

New Music North Dakota is affiliated with the composition studios at North Dakota State University and Valley City State University. Programs are offered at both campuses, and online through VCSU.

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate Certificate in Music Composition (Online) – Valley City State University (available on-campus and online)

The music composition certificate at VCSU requires Music Theory 1, 2, and 3; two credits of Composition I (MUS 120); and two credits of Composition II (MUS 220).

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Music – North Dakota State University (available on-campus)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Music – Valley City State University (available on-campus and online)


In addition, the University of North Dakota also offers composition degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Music – University of North Dakota

Master of Music in Composition – University of North Dakota

Composition Courses

NDSU

Composition study at NDSU is supplementary, and available after the music theory sequence (131, 132, 231, 232) is completed. Students interested in pursuing composition professionally or academically may elect to major in Music through NDSU’s BA or BS program. Admission to NDSU’s composition studio is by portfolio: Students are required to submit a portfolio of three to five of their best scores for consideration to the program.

MUSC 366: Applied Composition. 1 credit.
Individual lessons in composition for a variety of musical media. May be repeated twice.
Prereq: MUSC 231 (Music Theory IV).

MUSC 466: Applied Composition. 1 credit.
Individual lessons in composition for a variety of musical media. May be repeated.
Prereq: MUSC 366 (Applied Composition).

VCSU

Composition study at VCSU is available after Music Theory I (109) is completed. Students may pursue composition study as an elective as part of their degree plan, as part of the composition certificate program, or in preparation for a music composition capstone.

MUS 120: Composition I. 2 credits.
Elaboration of weekly projects using simple compositional techniques to improve fluency of ideas and expand skills in writing both melody and harmony. Acquired skills will be applied in the final composition project. This course may not be audited.
Prereq: MUS 109 (Music Theory I)

MUS 220: Composition II. 2 credits.
Elaboration of weekly projects using intermediate compositional techniques to improve fluency of ideas and expand skills in writing both melody and harmony. The course includes study and enhancement of transformational techniques. Acquired skills will be applied in the final composition project. This course may not be audited.
Prereq: MUS 120 (Composition I).

MUS 320: Applied Composition. 1-2 credits.
Elaboration of weekly projects using advanced compositional techniques to improve fluency of ideas and expand skills in writing both melody and harmony. The course includes study and enhancement of transformational techniques and various compositional styles. Acquired skills will be applied in the required final composition project. May be repeated once for credit. Composition lessons may not be audited.
Prereq: Two semesters of MUS 220 (Composition II).