Music Composition

  • Overview

    This minor provides a flexible course of study for students with a wide range of musical backgrounds who wish to create, arrange, and notate their own music. The minor familiarizes students with the current field of music composition, building a solid foundation in the basic concepts of composition and associated musical skills while emphasizing musical innovation and creativity.

    The minor in Music Composition requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Students must apply and be accepted into the minor before registering for Composition Major Lessons (there is an additional fee of $515 per lesson credit for all students).

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Students seeking to pursue alternative applicable coursework at Mannes or other New School colleges to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Area Course Options Requirements
    Introductory Course Beginning Composition (XCMP 1004) Introductory course prior to applying for and declaring minor (1 credit)
    Major Lessons Composition Lessons* (XASL 2000 or XASL 4000) *Additional tuition of $515/credit
    (6 credits)
    Techniques of Music Theory (XTOM 0010 – XTOM 3002)
    Ear Training (XTOM 0105 – XTOM 3102)
    Dictation (XTOM 0103 – XTOM 3202)
    Level of coursework determined by placement exam
    (6 credits)
    Elective Coursework Orchestration (XCMP 2001, XCMP 2002)
    21st Century Notation (XCMP 1015)
    Film Scoring (XCMP 2021)
    Creative Uses of Sound (XCMP 2500)
    Songwriting (XCMP 2013)
    Arranging (XCMP 2015)
    Lyrics and Libretto (XCMP 2020)
    Introduction to Super Collider (XTEK1200)
    Or other composition elective
    (5 credits)
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