Program Info for Students

The following information is for current students.  Official information may also be found on the department’s website, and through the office of the Department of Music.

Mailing List

Current BMus, MMus, and DMus are automatically signed up for the mailing list, which is used for announcements about program matters, internal and external new music concerts, as well as jobs, competitions, and other information.  To request to be added to this list, please visit!forum/uofa-composition.

Portfolio Requirements (2020-21)

To be accepted for study in composition, promotion into the BMus program, or for preparing an application to the MMus or DMus program, a portfolio is required.

All portfolios must include cover sheet with your name, a short bio, and an index listing the names and details of the compositions, including short program notes if desired. Include in this index the name of included media files for each piece. The portfolio should be submitted as a collection of files, preferably gathered into a single .zip file (or other standard archive file format).  Links to streaming audio or video (e.g. Soundcloud, Vimeo) are acceptable, but each link must be listed on the cover sheet index. Please ensure that each piece is a distinct link to that specific piece (do not send a general link to your soundcloud or vimeo page)

Acceptable media file formats are as follows:

  • Cover index: PDF
  • Scores: PDF
  • Audio recordings: MP3, WAV
  • Video recordings (if applicable): MP4, MOV

Area Courses (2020-21)

Beartracks can be dizzying and somewhat misleading, but it is also the official place to check the status of any courses that are currently on offer for any given academic year.  This is our attempt to summarize the courses offered this term by the composition area.  If you are looking for seminars or ensembles, etc please also see the music department course listing.

Notes:  Ensemble courses can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.  Grads use 6xx number.

Undergraduate Courses

  • MUSIC 170: Introduction to Composition and Sonic Arts [ Smallwood ]
  • MUSIC 270: Composition and Sonic Arts [ Rotating ]
    • FALL&WINTER, 30 minute individual tutorials
  • MUSIC 470/471/570/571: Composition and Sonic Arts Tutorials [ Rotating ]
    • FALL/WINTER, 1 hr individual tutorials
  • MUSIC 245: Introduction to Music Technologies [ Smallwood / Northlich ]
    • Section 1: FALL, TBA
    • Section 2: FALL, TBA
  • MUSIC 263: Instrumentation & Arranging [ Talpash ]
    • FALL, TBA
  • MUSIC 445: Electroacoustic Music [ Smallwood ]
  • MUSIC 545: Interactive Sounds and Systems [ Hannesson ]
    • FALL, TBA
  • MUSIC 480: Survey of Contemporary Music and Sonic Arts [ Hannesson ]

Graduate Courses

  • MUSIC 570/571/670: Composition and Sonic Arts Tutorials [ Rotating ]
  • MUSIC 671: Doctoral Comp & Thesis Prep [ Rotating ]
  • MUSIC 545:  Interactive Sounds and Systems [ Hannesson ]
  • MUSIC 580: Advanced Survey of Contemporary Music and Sonic Arts [ Hannesson ]


  • MUSIC 192/492/692: Contempo – Contemporary Music Ensemble [ TBA ]
  • MUSIC 193/493/693: XiME: eXperimental iMprovisation Ensemble [ TBA ]
    • FALL & WINTER, 19:00-22:00 M, Studio 27

Examinations and other Program information

Official requirements for courses can be found on the University Calendar.  Program specific info here is as follows:  BMus (Arts Chart 2), MMus, DMus.

For departmental-specific requirements, including examinations, and etc, please refer to the student handbook and other student information which is available on the Student Resources page of the Department of Music Website.