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Additional Requirements

Ensemble Requirement

In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed by emphasis (see charts on emphasis 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.

All ensembles listed require audition except Oratorio Choir.


Music majors have several requirements related to recital attendance and performance. Please read more on the recitals page.

Laptop Requirements

To better integrate technology and music learning, the School of Music requires all music majors to own an Apple MacBook Pro that meets the minimum specifications found on the Laptop Requirements page. For more information, contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or

Piano Proficiency

Each student must register for Class Piano or Applied Piano until an examination is passed. Examination Fact Sheets are available in the School of Music office. Students will not be cleared to graduate until they have passed the Piano Proficiency Examination, usually met at the conclusion of MUS 108.

Voice Class

All music majors without voice as their major performance area must take one semester of voice class or private voice.

Music Theory Proficiency

The Music Theory Placement Examination is given to incoming students who are not transferring credit for Music Theory I from another college or university. This examination is designed to measure the student's background in music theory, and to ensure placement at the appropriate level. Students who are not ready for Music Theory I will take Music Fundamentals for Music Majors, and then begin the Music Theory sequence in the next semester. The examination may be taken online. Music Theory is taken in sequential order (i.e., I, II, III, IV). Before advancing to the next level, a grade of C or better is required. If a C or better is not achieved at any level, the class must be repeated.

Practical Musicianship

Practical musicianship is taken in sequential order (i.e., I, II, III, IV). Before advancing to the next level, a grade of C or better is required. If a C or better is not achieved at any level, the course must be repeated.

Grade-Point Average

Music students must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average (GPA) for all upper-division music classes. (Upper division courses are those classified as 300-400 level classes.) Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0, or who are on probation, are not eligible to participate in a performing group other than Oratorio Choir.

Upper-division Emphasis

Each student in the B.A. in Music program is required to select an upper-division emphasis in at least one of the following areas: Applied Music, Music Education, or Music Theory. The emphases require a minimum of 10 units from the listed courses. A minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained in all upper-division music courses. Music degree students must earn a grade of C or higher in all of their upper-division emphasis classes. Otherwise, the class must be repeated.

Applied Music

  1. Each student is required to take at least 8 units in one applied area. Voice Class may be substituted for the first semester of private voice. The student must then take 7 additional units of Applied Voice.
  2. Students must take at least 1 unit of applied lessons every semester, even if the minimum number of units for their emphasis has been met.
  3. Any student wishing to take more than 2 units of applied lessons in one semester, must have written permission from the dean in the form of an in-house petition.
  4. Jury examinations are required each semester for all students taking private lessons.
  5. All students, in conjunction with the instructor, are responsible for selecting an accompanist for juries by the indicated deadlines. There are three ways to select an accompanist:
    1. The faculty must request an accompanist with the Accompanist Request Form available in the School of Music office by the indicated deadlines.
    2. Faculty may request a specific accompanist by submitting an Accompanist Request Form available in the School of Music office by the indicated deadlines.
    3. If no Accompanist Request Form is submitted or requested after the indicated deadlines, the faculty members are responsible to make arrangements for their students.
  6. Private Lessons:
    1. Grades for private lessons are issued based on a minimum of 12 lessons per semester. Your grade will be lowered if you attend fewer than the minimum of 12 lessons. Additionally, if you do not meet the annual mandatory solo performance requirement, an F will be assigned for the spring semester applied grade.
    2. A departmental representative will assign an instructor.
    3. When the student is ill and notifies the teacher in advance, a make-up lesson will be rescheduled if possible. "No-show" students do not receive make-up lessons.
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.