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Program Overview

Rider’s program in composition, music history and theory aims to develop the aural skills needed by all musicians, to provide the necessary theoretical knowledge for the continuing study and performance of music, to develop analytical and esthetic understanding of music forms and styles, and to foster the creative impulse in music.


Curriculum Overview

Composition majors are expected to write works for soloists, for chamber ensembles, and for large wind or orchestral ensembles. The department welcomes diversity of compositional styles and esthetic viewpoints and encourages exploration on the part of its students. The program culminates with a recital of original music written while a student is enrolled at Westminster.

Elective courses provide students with opportunities to apply their skills to specific areas of inquiry after satisfying specific prerequisites.

Westminster maintains a music computing facility in which students can compose, orchestrate, and print their compositions in publishable quality using computers interfaced with sampler/synthesizers as well as sequencing and music printing software.


Program Requirements

For the official curriculum, visit the Academic Catalog.

Sharon Mirchandani
Professor and Chair
Williamson Hall 44

Dr. Mirchandani is a Professor of Music History and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she teaches a wide variety of courses including music historiography; music since 1900; American music; music and gender; music, humor, and ambiguity; intro to musicology; Wagner; and music theater. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Rutgers University, a double Master of Music degree in Music History and Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University.