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Requirements

All students selecting a music major (B.A.) must complete the course requirements (below) and emphasis course and ensemble requirements.

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

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

Music Major Course Requirements56–69 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.

Emphasis Requirements10–12 units

In addition, the student must choose at least one emphasis from the following below: performance, music education, and theory. The emphases require a minimum of 10–12 units from the listed courses. A minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained in all upper-division music courses. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all of their upper-division emphasis courses or must repeat the course.

*Meets a General Education core requirement.
**Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
^^^Waived for B.M. in Commercial Music, Vocal Performance Track

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.