*The Pathways curriculum is typically 42 credits. However, the Music Composition major includes two courses (MUSC 1300 and MUSC 1400) that also satisfy Pathways requirements. Therefore, students majoring in Music Composition only need to complete 36 additional Pathways credits.
The major recommends foreign language or proficiency in addition to the courses listed above. A faculty approved portfolio and approval of the Conservatory faculty are also required for the degree. The portfolio will consist of representative works from required (Music 3251 through Music 3256), elective, and honors composition courses.
Students must submit a portfolio of work for review by a music composition jury at the end of each semester of MUSC 3251-3256 or 4861-4862 (Music Composition). A special jury for students in MUSC 3252 includes evaluation of overall progress in the program, on the basis of which permission to continue in the music composition program is granted or denied.
Students who wish to be considered for performance lessons, MUSC 3791 and 3792, in place of advanced keyboard classes, MUSC 3225 and 3226, must demonstrate proficiency in an audition no later than the beginning of their junior year. Final approval will be given by the director.
All MUSC courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in Music must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Music majors must meet with their advisor in the department prior to every semester in order to review their degree progress and to receive registration permissions for their MUSC courses in the following term.
The four-year degree map is designed to help you take the right courses in the right order so you can graduate in four years. It also helps you distinguish what courses qualify as Pathways courses, or Major courses, or General Elective courses. Ideally, you should follow the four-year degree map as closely as possible, but you are free to make some adjustments so long as the prerequisite requirements are satisfied.
In conjunction with the four-year degree map, you should review Degree Works, and the Brooklyn College website, for an approved list of courses in your major. Overall, it is best to review your academic plan with your advisor on a regular basis.