University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music BFA - Composition & Technology


composition and technology

The Music Composition and Technology program at UWM fosters development in instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic composition, with an emphasis on contemporary and experimental techniques. Students refine their craft and evolve their musical voice through individual weekly lessons with a faculty member, working on projects ranging from instrumental and vocal chamber music to electroacoustic music, electronic instrument design, and multimedia production.

Studies in pencil-and-paper composition cover a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to notation, rhythm, harmony, texture, orchestration, and large-scale form. At the same time, coursework in music technology includes analog and digital synthesis, surround sound and spatialization, algorithmic composition, creative applications of recording and editing, and computer programming for audio and interactive applications. The Electro-Acoustic Music Center, operating at UWM since its founding in 1982, makes a variety of studio spaces, electronic instruments, and software applications available to qualified students.

Practical experience is a key component of the program. Concerts each semester provide opportunities to realize student compositions in performance. Ensembles including TORCH (the TC-11 Orchestra), MiLO (the Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra), and the Contemporary Music Ensemble develop skill in contemporary improvisation with both acoustic and electronic instruments. The Unruly Music festival presents three concerts of contemporary music with guest artists each semester, and offers performance opportunities for advanced students. And there are frequent occasions for collaboration with students and faculty in the Peck School of the Arts programs in Art + Design, Dance, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology, and Theater.

composition and technology

Through the development of both creative imagination and musical technique, Music Composition and Technology degrees prepare students for professional careers in music and a variety of allied fields. Recent graduates are working in music publishing, multimedia production, film and television composition, software development, and arts management, as well as pursuing graduate study and academic careers in composition.

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Current Faculty


Dr. Jon Welstead, Music Department Chair, composition/technology
Prof. Jim Burmeister, theory and composition/technology
Prof. Chris Burns, composition/technology
Prof. Lou Cucunato, composition/technology
Prof. Bill Heinrichs, theory and composition/technology
Prof. David Hulbert, composition/technology
Prof. Jonathan Monhardt, composition/technology
Prof. Amanda Schoofs, composition/technology
Prof. Kevin Schlei, composition/technology

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Required Courses


Required Application Portfolio.
Required Piano Proficiency.
Music Performance Courses, 7 cr.
Piano, 6 cr.
Music Theory, 23 cr.
Music Technology, 12 cr.
Composition, 12 cr.
Music History, 14 cr.
Conducting, 2 cr.
Composition Colloquium, 8 sem.
Senior Thesis or Senior Recital, 2 cr.
Music or General Electives, 5 cr.
Convocation, 6 sem.
See Convocation, 0 cr.

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BFA Curriculum


Freshman Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 101

Piano (1 cr/sem)

1

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 123

Aural Theory I

1

Music 125

Keyboard Harmony I

1

Music 127

Materials of Theory I

1

Music 220

Introduction to Computers and Music

3

MusPerf 361

Composition Lesson

1

Music 1201

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 1072

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

4

PSOA Arts Electives

3

Total


16

Freshman Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 101

Piano

1

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 124

Aural Theory II

1

Music 126

Keyboard Harmony II

1

Music 128

Materials of Theory II

2

Music 327

Analog and Digital Synthesis I

3

MusPerf 361

Composition Lesson

1

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

4

PSOA Arts Elective

3

Total


17

Sophomore Year - Semester I 

Cr.

MusPerf 101

Piano

1

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 225

Materials of Theory III

2

Music 226

Aural Theory III

1

Music 227

Keyboard Harmony III

1

Music 328

Digital Synthesis and Systems II

3

Music 211

General History of Western Music I

3

MusPerf 361

Composition Lesson

1

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

4

Total


17

Sophomore Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 101

Piano

1

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 230

Form Analysis

3

Music 212

General History of Western Music II

3

MusPerf 361

Composition Lesson

1

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 107

Convocation

0

PSOA Arts Electives

Film 201, 202, or 203

3

Core Curriculum

5

Total


17

Junior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 101

Piano

1

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 307

General History of Western Music III

3

Music 321

Counterpoint

3

or

Music 421

Materials of Contemporary Music

MusPerf 461

Composition Lesson

2

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 107

Convocation

0

PSOA Arts Electives

Art 118, 228, or Special Topics: Web or Multimedia

3

Core Curriculum

4

Total


17

Junior Year - Semester Ii

Cr.

MusPerf 101

Piano

1

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 314

Music of the Twentieth Century

3

Music 323

Instrumentation

3

Music 420

Advanced Computers and Music

3

Music 461

Composition Lesson

2

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

4

Total


17

Senior Year - Semester I

Cr.

Music xxx

Performance Organization

1

Music 321

Counterpoint

3

or

Music 421

Materials of Contemporary Music

Music 353

Conducting

2

MusPerf 461

Composition Lesson

2

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music or General Electives

3

Core Curriculum

4

Total


15

Senior Year - Semester II

Cr.

Music 310

Introduction to World Music

3

Music 461

Composition Lesson

2

Music 120

Composition Colloquium

0

Music 660

Senior Recital

2

or

Music 691

Senior Thesis

Music or General Electives

3

Core Curriculum

4

Total


14


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