This program emphasizes learning through listening. Student compositions are frequently performed by other students at public concerts held throughout the year.
After a first-year composition course, which may be taken by any music student in any year, contemporary majors study individually with faculty members (years two to four) and participate in composition seminars. In their final year, students write an extended work as their graduation composition. All students also take an electro-acoustic music course.
The contemporary faculty encourages stylistic diversity and the development of each studentís compositional voice.
More information on the BMus: Contemporary program.