In addition to meeting general degree requirements, undergraduate composition majors must complete the following conservatory requirements (94 credits). Of the 94 credits, up to 8 credits of music history may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement (30 credits minimum) for the degree.

Freshman Year | Sophomore Year | Junior Year | Senior Year

 Freshman Year: 28 credits

Fall: 14.5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MCO 3010/Composition Seminar 1 credit
MPE 1010/Keyboard Studies I 1 credit
MTH 1010/Music Theory I 2 credits
MTH 1410/Solfège I 1.5 credits
MTH 2510/Survey of Music History I 3 credits
MUS 1040/Music First-Year Seminar 1 credit
MUS 1250/Chorus or
   MPE —/Instrumental ensemble elective
 
2 credits
 
Spring: 13.5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MCO 3010/Composition Seminar 1 credit
MPE 1020/Keyboard Studies II 1 credit
MTH 1020/Music Theory II 2 credits
MTH 1420/Solfège II 1.5 credits
MTH 2520/Survey of Music History II 3 credits
MUS 1250/Chorus or
   MPE —/Instrumental ensemble elective
 
2 credits
MPE 0200/Freshman Classical Jury 0 credit
 

 Sophomore Year: 27 credits

Fall: 14.5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MCO 3010/Composition Seminar 1 credit
MPE 2010/Keyboard Studies III 1 credit
MTH 2050/Music Theory III 2 credits
MTH 2410/Solfège III 1.5 credits
MTH 3070/Orchestration I 2 credits
MTH —/Music history elective 2 credits
MUS 1250/Chorus or
   MPE —/Instrumental ensemble elective
 
2 credits
 
Spring: 12.5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MCO 3010/Composition Seminar 1 credit
MPE 2020/Keyboard Studies IV 1 credit
MTH 2420/Solfège IV 1.5 credits
MTH 3050/Music Theory IV 2 credits
MTH 3080/Orchestration II 2 credits
MUS 1250/Chorus or
   MPE —/Instrumental ensemble elective
 
2 credits
MPE 0300/Sophomore Classical Jury 0 credit
 

  Junior Year: 26 credits

Fall: 12.5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MTH 3180/Electroacoustic Music I 2 credits
MTH 3410/Solfège V 1.5 credits
MTH 4050/Music Theory V 2 credits
MTH —/Music history or theory elective 2 credits
Music elective 2 credits
 
Spring: 13.5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MTH 3190/Electroacoustic Music II 2 credits
MTH 3420/Solfège VI 1.5 credits
MTH 4010/Seminar in Analysis 2 credits
MTH —/Music history elective 2 credits
MTH —/Music history or theory elective 2 credits
MPE 3991/Junior Recital: Classical 1 credit
 

 Senior Year: 13 credits

Fall: 8 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MCO 3010/Composition Seminar 1 credit
MTH —/Music history or theory elective 2 credits
Music elective 2 credits
 
Spring: 5 credits
MPE 4110/Private Study: Composition 3 credits
MCO 3010/Composition Seminar 1 credit
MPE 4991/Senior Recital: Classical 1 credit

Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2017:

  • MUS 1040 is added as a requirement (1 credit increase).