The most likely candidate for this degree is a music student desiring to reach the highest possible level of achievement in the area of music composition. Students in this degree should also be capable performers on at least one instrument (or voice). The courses required in this degree focus on music to a very high degree, and for that reason it does not make a very "smooth" double major with other subjects (see the B.A./B.S. in music for a better double major). A senior composition recital is required.
Students sometimes take longer than four years to graduate in this degree; normally this is due to the student wanting more time to write music for the senior recital. Most graduates from this program go on to masters-level studies, either at the University of Idaho or at another institution.
*There is an optional emphasis in jazz composition/arranging available for this degree program.
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