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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

Performance Emphasis26–46 units
Performance Core2 units
MUS 427
Form and Analysis (F) (Jr,Sr)
2
Performance Area23–44 units
Students must select one of the following performance areas:

Performance Ensembles

In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed 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.

Ensemble requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Performance are as follows:

Required Ensemble Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices
Guitar Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Oratorio Choir
  • Guitar Ensemble
Piano and Organ Oratorio Choir (2 yrs.) • Chamber Singers
• Ensemble Accompanist+
• Opera Workshop
• Oratorio Choir
Strings and Harp Symphony Orchestra (4 yrs.)
String Chamber Ensemble (1 yr.)
N/A
Voice Oratorio Choir (2 yrs.) • Chamber Singers
• Opera Workshop
• Oratorio Choir
Winds and Percussion Select 4 years from:
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
In addition to the above, select one year from:
  • Brass Chamber Ensemble
  • Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
  • Percussion Chamber Ensemble
N/A

*Meets a General Education core (or elective) requirement.
**Meets a General Education elective requirement.
***Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
+Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.

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.