Sep 27, 2023
Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music prepares students for careers in music, music education and/or further graduate study. The program focuses on performance (voice or instrumental), composition or pedagogy, while also grounding students thoroughly in musicology and theory. It offers seven concentrations: accompanying, composition, instrumental, jazz-commercial, keyboard, piano pedagogy and voice.
In addition to the requirements for the major described below, students must meet all other university requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree section in this catalog for complete information. All courses in the major require a “C” (2.0) or better.
When students first apply to the music major, they are considered “pre-music” and must audition in two areas:
- Piano placement: determines the level of class piano a student should take. Students meet the piano requirement by passing MUS 282B with a “C” (2.0) or better or an equivalent jury exam. Students majoring in piano/keyboard/organ meet the requirement by passing MUS 285 with a “C” (2.0) or better or an equivalent jury exam.
- Principal performance (instrument or voice): determines if a student can be placed into the appropriate concentration in either the B.A. or B.M. degree programs. Incoming freshmen who do not pass this audition are automatically changed to “undeclared” majors. They may select a different major or audition again for the next semester. Transfer students who do not pass the audition are required to change their majors. They may audition again for the next semester. Students who pass the audition and are accepted into the major may audition later to change to a different degree or concentration.
To remain music majors in good standing, students must take a minimum of 6 units of music each semester, including an applied lesson, a major performance ensemble and other coursework. Students should consult their TDAs and advisers each semester.
All music majors are required to accumulate a minimum 60 hours of performance-related activities: 30 hours during each of the first two semesters or 15 hours during each of the first four semesters of matriculation. Activities include attending and crewing concerts and recitals, learning about and participating in house and stage management, publicity, public relations, lighting, audio and video operations, and/or sound set-up, mixing, recording and editing. One method of documenting these hours is enrollng in MUS 278 . Other documentation may also be accepted.
Core Requirements (39 units)
Music History and Literature (14 units)
Principal Performance: Applied Instruction (6 units)
B.M. students are eligible for a maximum of 14 units of state-funded individual instruction. Students may not take more than three semesters of applied music at the same performance level.
Major Performance Ensemble (4 units)
Select one major ensemble course per semester. Consult with your adviser for additional information.
Piano Pedagogy Concentration (31 units)
The Piano Pedagogy concentration provides advanced training in pedagogical and performance skills for pianists. Nationally recognized, it is the most comprehensive piano-pedagogy program in the state of California.
After completing MUS 386 with a “B” or better and four semesters of Major Performance Ensemble classes (MUS 406), students may substitute any Chamber Music class (MUS 408), including MUS 408K when used as an accompanist, for additional Major Performance Ensemble classes.
Transfer students must complete two semesters of Major Performance Ensemble classes (MUS 406) in residence before substituting Chamber Music classes.
Music History and Literature (4 units)
Principal Performance: Applied Instruction (5 units)
Piano-Vocal Collaboration (1 unit)
* Must repeat for a total of 3 units
Harpsichord or Organ (1 unit)
Graduation Requirement (3 units)