The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers a balanced curriculum of courses that emphasizes traditional skills, classical practice, and contemporary techniques. Beyond Harttís core theory and music history sequence, required courses for undergraduate composers include orchestration, analysis, and electronic music. From the sophomore year on, all majors receive a weekly lesson with a faculty member. The department also encourages students to take electives in conducting, sound technology, music management, and jazz studies.
This program involves instruction in both traditional techniques and hands-on experience with new and emerging musical technologies. Studio D, the teaching studio/lab of the Department of Music Production and Technology, is equipped with multiple Macintosh G5 digital audio and MIDI workstations with a wide variety of software applications. Sequencing/digital audio, notation, digital audio editing and sound design, synthesis, sampling, CD mastering and burning, algorithmic composition, and digital signal processor creation are taught through the realization of compositional concepts and use of the following: Logic, Finale, MetaSynth, ProTools, Abysynth, MAX/MSP, and other applications.
At the undergraduate level, the nondegree option is the Undergraduate Diploma in Music with is a three-year program open to all instrumental and vocal performance majors, composers, and jazz studies students. Students completing this program may continue formal training at The Hartt School in an undergraduate degree program or in the graduate professional degree program, if desired.