University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music BFA - Composition & Technology


composition and technology

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Music Composition and Technology fosters development in the composition of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music. Students experience in-depth study in music theory, score reading, orchestration, counterpoint, form and analysis, twentieth-century history, world music, contemporary materials and compositional techniques, and technological applications in composition and sound design. Skills acquired in coursework are integrated through weekly individual lessons focusing on compositional projects.

BFA student composers produce a concert of their works each semester through the Music From Almost Yesterday (MFAY) student organization, emphasizing instrumental and vocal compositions. The Electroacoustic Salon concerts, which conclude each semester, present works by students enrolled in music technology courses, and often include collaborations with students in other areas of the Peck School of the Arts. Additionally, the Contemporary Music Ensemble presents an annual concert of student works. We are very fortunate to have many opportunities for student compositions to be presented by the Department of Music Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Chorale and University Choir.

The Music Composition & Technology program is offered in tandem with the Electro Acoustic Music Center and operates as a complement of studies through the Theory and Composition Area. The program specializes in the pedagogy and actualization of new music through acoustic and electronic means. The Electro-Acoustic Music Center (EAMC) serves as a resource for research, education, and creative work in music technology in the Peck School of the Arts. Courses are offered for music major and non-music major students and range from studies in acoustics, audio mixing and recording, analog and digital electronic sound generation and manipulation, computer synthesis, direct digital random access audio engineering, MIDI applications for notation, sequencing, improvisation, and audio control, electronic and acoustic ensemble performance and composition. EAMC also provides computer laboratory classrooms where undergraduate and graduate music students may venture into computer based teaching methods that are fundamental to the training of contemporary music students. Utmost importance are the continued efforts to develop and involve the other areas of PSOA, such as theatre, dance, art and film.

Unruly Music is a concert series featuring guest artist, faculty, and student performances of contemporary music. Each semester it presents three concerts, creating opportunities for students to engage with guest artists in masterclasses and workshops, as well as to perform contemporary music via ensembles such MiLO (the Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra) and the UWM Contemporary Music Ensemble.

composition and technology

Unruly Music also features an annual guest artist residency program. Advanced students are invited to create new works for a noted contemporary music ensemble; sketches for these compositions are read and workshopped during the ensemble's fall visit to UWM, and then the completed works are premiered as part of the spring festival. The program is an extraordinary opportunity for composition students to collaborate with contemporary music specialists in the creation of a new work. Previous ensembles participating in this residency project include NOISE (San Diego), Thelema Trio (Ghent), sfSoundGroup (San Francisco), C2 (Baltimore), Yarn/Wire (New York), and Dal Niente (Chicago). Unruly Music is a co-production of the Peck School of the Arts and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

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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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