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The 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.

Required musicianship and historiography courses, Contemporary Trends, Music Since 1900, and elective theory and music history courses form the core of undergraduate study. All theory electives are defined as level I or level II under course descriptions.

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Graduate Composition Primary
Graduate students majoring in Sacred Music or Music Education may be admitted with a composition primary. Such a student must complete three semesters of Composition Primary and must present a composition recital as a conductor, accompanist, soloist, or ensemble performer. For Sacred Music majors, the composition recital is distinct from the required conducting recital.

Theory and music history electives
Elective courses provide students with opportunities to apply their skills to specific areas of inquiry after satisfying specific prerequisites. Level I theory electives include TH237, 251, 422, 521, and 534. Level II theory electives include TH252, 350, 431, 432, 433, 523, and 533.

Music Computing Center
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.