Course & Degree Info

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music requires the completion of a minimum of 11 1/2units, including, 7 1/2 units of core courses beyond Music 150, 3 units of applied music, and 1 unit of Senior Project.

Major in Music
Core Courses (7 1/2 units)

  • MUSC 240 Music in Culture
  • MUSC 251 Diatonic Harmony and Diatonic Harmony Lab*
  • MUSC 252 Chromatic Harmony and Chromatic Harmony Lab
  • MUSC 261 History and Analysis I: 300 A.D. to 1750
  • MUSC 262 History and Analysis II: 1750 to Present
  • MUSC 321 Instrumentation and Score Reading
  • MUSC 323 Conducting (1/2 unit)
  • MUSC 350 Twentieth-Century Theory
*Completion of or Competency in MUSC 150: Fundamentals of Music is a prerequisite for MUSC 251.

Senior Project (1 unit total)

By the middle of their junior year, students, in consultation with the music faculty, declare their area of concentration (composition, performance, research). By the end of their junior year, students propose a senior project based on these guidelines:

  1. 1. Performance: A public recital of no less than 60 minutes in length, with at least three style periods represented (including 20th century). Students will enroll in the appropriate level of MUSA 101, 102, or 103 (1/4 unit) during fall of their senior year, and MUSC 420 (1/2 unit) and a second 1/4 unit of applied music instruction during spring of their senior year.
  2. Composition: Creation of an original work or works, presented to the public and introduced by the composer. Students will enroll in the appropriate level of MUSA 104 (1/4 unit) during fall of their senior year, and MUSC 420 (1/2 unit) and MUSA 104 (1/4 unit) during spring of their senior year.
  3. Research: An original thesis tailored to the student's special interests, pursued in consultation with a music faculty member, and culminating in a public lecture. Students will enroll in either MUSC 420 and 422 (two 1/2 unit courses) or MUSC 421 (a one unit course) during their senior year.

Applied Music (3 units)

Satisfactory completion of at least 5 quarter-units of Applied Music Instruction (voice, keyboard, instrumental, composition), and at least 7 quarter-units of Applied Music Ensemble (chamber, choral, jazz, etc.). Individual studios or areas of concentration may require additional quarter-units of Applied Music. Descriptions of the skill levels and literature of these courses are available from the department.

Applied Music Instruction

  • MUSA 101 Voice
  • MUSA 102 Keyboard
  • MUSA 103 Instrumental
  • MUSA 104 Composition
  • One hour lesson per week

Applied Music Ensemble

Consult the College's Courses Offered List for current ensembles. Catalog descriptions of specific Ensembles are given below.

Music Juries and Other Requirements

Juries are held at the end of each semester. Juries are intended for monitoring the progress of students enrolled in MUSA 101, 102, and 103, especially those who wish to major in music performance.

In consultation with music faculty, all students majoring in music must demonstrate appropriate progress in their applied studies, especially those majoring in either performance or composition.

All students majoring in music (performance, composition, research) must pass the Music Area's piano proficiency exams before graduation. These exams may be taken any time after completion of MUSC 252. Students who do not pass this exam by the end of their sophomore year may be required to enroll in MUSA 102 (applied piano instruction) until the proficiency exam can be passed.

Attendance and/or participation in department activities such as seminars, master classes, and recitals, are required of all Music major and minor students.

Minor in Music
A minor in music consists of seven units, including the following five units of core course work: MUSC 251, 252, 261, 262; and either MUSC 321 or MUSC 350 or MUSC 240. MUSC 150 or competency is a prerequisite for MUSC 251. In addition, a minimum of four one-quarter units of applied music instruction and a minimum of four one-quarter units of applied music ensemble must be completed successfully.

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