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CCM, Composition, Musicology and Theory
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Bachelor of Music

The BM in composition takes four years to complete and courses include private lessons and instruction in the following areas:

  • Composition
  • Counterpoint
  • Harmony
  • Orchestration
  • Composition Labs and Symposia
  • Electronic Music
  • Music Business

From the outset, students at CCM study with major teachers of their choice and may move from one to another according to mutually agreed-upon decisions. Extensive work is done in CCM’s computer music studios. Interaction with student performers under professors’ guidance is offered in workshop courses. Courses in visual media are team taught by composition and media professors.

Success Factors

The successful composer brings talent, creative imagination, competency, theoretical and historical knowledge, desire and determination to achieve his/her goals. Ability to work both alone and collaboratively is important. The university setting offers a myriad of educational opportunities in acoustic and electronic realms, as well as opportunities to interact with similarly talented students.

Admission Requirements

  • English (4 units)
  • College-preparatory mathematics (3 units)
  • Science (2 units)
  • Social Science (2 units)
  • Foreign Language (2 units)
  • Fine Arts (1 unit)
  • Additional college prep subjects (2 units)

For specific audition requirements, see the CCM Application Handbook on the CCM Admissions page.