• 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.

    By the successful completion of the minor, students will be able to:

    • Compose original music in a variety of styles and genres, using conventions appropriate to each
    • Arrange and notate music for solo and ensemble settings, and create parts, using principles of instrumentation and orchestration
    • Demonstrate understanding and awareness of compositional practices throughout history to present day, including the use of technology in writing and creating music
    • Apply knowledge of the Techniques of Music (Music Theory, Ear Training, Dictation) to inform their own music compositions
    • Develop an individual compositional voice and artistic viewpoint

    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 $1,100 per lesson credit for all students). Mannes also offers private lessons to all New School students. 

  • AreaCourse OptionsRequirements

    Introductory Course

    Composition for Nonmajors (CCMP 2000)

    Introductory course prior to applying for and declaring minor (1 credit)

    Major Lessons

    Composition Lessons* (CAML 2050 or CAML 2500)

    *Additional tuition of $1,100/credit (6 credits)

    Techniques of Music

    Theory (CATM 1105 - CATM 4206) Ear Training (CATM 1015 - CATM 4236) Dictation (CATM 1015 - CATM 4226)

    Level of coursework determined by placement exam (6 credits)

    Elective Coursework

    Fundamentals of Orchestration (CCMP 2150) Tonal Composition (CCMP 3005, CCMP 3006) Introduction to Super Collider (CCMP 4010) Or other composition elective

    (5 credits)

  • Eligibility

    Minors are available to all undergraduate students at The New School, though some minors are closed to students in certain majors (please see the list of preclusions for more details). Students may declare minors outside of their own colleges.

    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Maggie Koozer, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, koozerm@newschool.edu, 212.580.0210 x4824.

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