Introduction to Composition I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1113
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Introduction to Composition I focuses on the fundamentals of composition. It is designed to enhance students’
understanding and development of compositional systems, processes and techniques through written exercises and assignments.
Course Content
  1. Development of Compositional Resources
    • modes/scales
    • chords/harmonies
    • motives/themes
    • texture
    • formal schemes
    • orchestration
  2. Documentation
    • editing, proof reading
    • score layout, copying of scores and parts
    • recording/archiving material
    • program notes, biographical notes
  3. Performance Issues
    • finding performers
    • organizing and leading rehearsals
    • levels of difficulty, performance ability
  4. Practical and Aesthetic Considerations
    • program music, interdisciplinary music
    • working with text
    • copyright, plagiarism, borrowing material
  5. Repertoire
    • listening component designed to expose students to a wide range of styles, techniques and genres of modern music
Methods Of Instruction

Students will receive 2 hours a week of class time.

Means of Assessment
Writing 2 short compositions (2 x 15%) 30%
Performance of 1 composition 10%
5 short assignments (5 x 8%) 40%
Listening test 10%
Class participation 10%


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion the student should be able to demonstrate a solid theoretical and practical experience of the compositional process, including the development of the student’s compositional voice within selected idioms.

Textbook Materials




Open to any music student in the 2nd year of the UT Music Program.  It is also open to any student in 1st year UT or Basic Musicianship Program by permission of instructor.  Criteria for permission of instructor will include an interview and a demonstration of ability and or potential.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PMI 120 (2) 2003/05/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (2) 2006/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2006/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (2) 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1113 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1213 (2) = SFU CA 1XX (3) 2021/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit 2005/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MUSC 1st (2) 2006/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2006/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MUSC 1XX (2) 2006/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (1) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1113 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1213 (2) = UVIC MUS 105 (2) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU MUSC 1st (3) 2006/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.