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Theory and Composition, BMus

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


This emphasis is designed to prepare the student for graduate study in musicology or theory/composition. Only students with an excellent overall academic record and demonstrated potential in these areas will be admitted. Approval of the history-theory faculty is required, one of whom will serve as academic advisor. Admission to this emphasis should be sought by the end of the freshman year. NOTE: The required 6-9 units of General Studies Humanities must include 4 units of French or German.

Through its Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degree programs, the Music Department offers its majors high-quality instruction and performance opportunities to prepare them for careers and/or advanced study in such areas as public school music teaching, performance, music theory, composition or musicology, and studio teaching, as well as for the wide range of opportunities that exist in the music field. By completing a minor in Music, students can gain not only personal satisfaction but knowledge and experience that can be of value as they pursue a chosen career. The Music Department also offers elective certificates in Accompanying, Jazz, Music History and Music Theory.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Theory I
  • Theory II
  • Theory III
  • Theory IV
  • Aural Skills I
  • Aural Skills II
  • Aural Skills III
  • Aural Skills IV
  • Music as a World Phenomenon
  • Music History I 
  • Music History II 
  • Music History III 
  • Conducting
  • Choral and Keyboard Arranging
  • Arranging
  • Counterpoint
  • Form and Analysis
  • Senior Recital

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Online application (Submit application first and then send the supporting documents. That would facilitate the processing of all the materials)
  • Academic Records (If your academic record is not issued in English, we will require physical copies of the official English translation in a sealed envelope. We do not accept translations done by the applicants themselves)
  • English Language Scores
  • Financial Documents
  • Copy of Passport
  • Music audition

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16235 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16235 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16235 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16235 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7662 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7662 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Minnesota Resident: $8,180 
  • Discount for nonresident students whose parent or grandparent received a degree from UW-Whitewater: $12,517 

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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