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Requirements

Students also have additional requirements to complete within the School of Music, including recital attendance and performance.

Courses

Course Legend:
F = Offered every fall, S = Offered every spring
Fr = Freshman, So = Sophomore, Jr = Junior, Sr = Senior

Music Major (B.M.) Course Requirements85-101 units
School of Music Requirements for All Majors46-57 units
Piano Proficiency Courses (if needed)0–6 units
Music (B.A.), Music and Worship (B.M.), and Music Performance (B.M.) majors need 0–4 units; Music Composition (B.M.) and Commercial Music (B.M.) majors need 0–6 units.
MUS 103
Beginning Piano Class
1
MUS 104
Elementary Piano Class
1
MUS 105
Intermediate Piano Class
1
MUS 106
Advanced – Intermediate Piano Class
1
MUS 107
Advanced – Intermediate Piano Class
1
MUS 108
Advanced Piano Class
1
MUS 121
Music Theory I* (F) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 122
Music Theory II (S) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 133
Practical Musicianship I (F) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 134
Practical Musicianship II (S) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 210
Performance Forum (F/S) (all years)
(Eight semesters continuous enrollment required)
0
MUS 217
Practical Musicianship III (F) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 220
Practical Musicianship IV (S) (Fr, So)
1
MUS 221
Music Theory III (F) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 222
Music Theory IV (S) (Fr, So)
3
MUS 296
Introduction to Music Technology (F/S) (Fr)
2
MUS 352
Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature** (F/S) (Jr)
3
MUS 361
Introduction to Conducting (F) (Jr)
2
MUS 441
Music in Worship (F/S) (Jr,Sr)
3
MUS 455
Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature^ (S) (Sr)
3
MUS 101
Beginning Voice Class^^^
1
- or -
MUS 102
Intermediate Voice Class^^^
1
MUS 350
History and Literature of Commercial Music (F) (Jr)
(for B.M. in Commercial Music only)
3
- or -
MUS 351
Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature (F) (Jr)
3
MUS 362
Choral Conducting (S) (Jr)
2
- or -
MUS 363
Instrumental Conducting (S) (Sr)
2
Applied Music
Must be in one area. Must be enrolled in applied lessons each semester until degree is completed. Minimum of 8 units (F/S)
8 units
Ensemble Requirement4–8 units

In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed per major (see specific chart on major pages). Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement.

General Education Options

There are specific General Education options and requirements for the music major (B.M.), and these vary between the composition, commercial music, music and worship, and performance areas. Please contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.

Performance Forum

Music majors must be continuously enrolled in MUS 210 Performance Forum (may discontinue after eight semesters). Transfer students must enroll in MUS 210 and an approved ensemble every semester in attendance, up to eight semesters.

*Meets a General Education core requirement.
***Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
^Not required for Commercial Music majors
^^12 units (minimum 8 in one area) required for Commercial Music majors
^^^Waived for Commercial Music majors, Vocal Performance Track

Commercial Music Major35–40 units
Commercial Music Core Requirements26 units
MUS 223
Web-Based Tools (S)
3
MUS 323
Arranging I (F/S)
3
MUS 324
Songwriting (S)
2
MUS 326
Live Sound Reinforcement (F)
2
MUS 327
Audio Recording I (F/S)
2
MUS 337
Music Business I (F/S)
2
MUS 474
Music Career Development (F)
2
MUS 491
Senior Recital (F/S)
2
MUS 494
Commercial Music Internship (F/S)
2
MUS 495
Production Techniques (F/S)
2
MUS XXX
Applied Music^ (F/S)
4
^Applied music can be an instrument unless the student is in a performance track. Performance track students must have all applied music in the same instrument as music major core (8 units) in the School of Music.
Program Track Requirements13–18 units
All Commercial Music major students must complete the core requirements as well as the requirements for one of the tracks:

Performance Ensembles

In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed by major (see chart below). Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement.

All ensembles listed require audition except Oratorio Choir.

  Required Ensemble Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices
Guitar and Electric Bass Oratorio Choir (1 yr.) One year in each at least two different groups is required.
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Singers
  • Chapel Band (By audition only. For registration, see the Music Office.)
  • Gospel Choir (Rhythm Section)
  • Jazz Choir (Rhythm Section)
  • Jazz Combo
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Oratorio Choir
  • Qualifying Small Group (during academic year)
  • University Choir and Orchestra (Rhythm Section)
Percussion Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)
Percussion Ensemble (1 yr.)
One year in each at least two different groups is required.
  • Chapel Band (By audition only. For registration, see the Music Office.)
  • Gospel Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble^^^
  • Jazz Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Qualifying Small Group (during academic year)
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • University Choir and Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
Piano Oratorio Choir (1 yr.) One year in each at least two different groups is required.
  • Ensemble Accompanist*
  • Chapel Band (By audition only. For registration, see the Music Office.)
  • Gospel Choir
  • Jazz Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • University Choir and Orchestra
Strings Symphony Orchestra (4 yrs.) N/A
Vocal
  • Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)
  • University Choir/Orchestra (1 yr.)
  • Chamber Singers
  • Chapel Band (By audition only. For registration, see the Music Office.)
  • Gospel Choir
  • University Choir and Orchestra^^^
  • Jazz Choir
  • Oratorio Choir
Winds
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
In addition to the above:
  • Jazz Combo (1 yr.)
  • Jazz Ensemble^^^
  • Symphonic Band^^^
  • Symphony Orchestra^^^
  • Wind Ensemble^^^

*Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.

^Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.
^^^One year in each of at least two different groups is required. Chapel Band rehearsals and performances cannot conflict with the courses needed for the student’s degree.

+Commercial music degree electives include all courses listed in the tracks not selected by the student as their primary track. Also included are MUS 321 Counterpoint and MUS 422 20th Century Compositional Techniques.
++Music Business Track students may also select electives that include BUSI 100 Personal Finance, BUSI 210 Principles of Organization and Management, and ECON 251 Principles of Microeconomics.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.