A non-performance focused degree that sets music within the broader context of interdisciplinary studies, diversity, and contemporary thought. This humanistic degree has a basic music core, upper-division elective music units focused on popular, world, and film music as well as art music, an individualized track of non-music elective studies that focuses in at least two other disciplines (one major area and one or more minor areas), and a final research project culminating in a comprehensive senior paper.
Audition required prior to entrance for majors to assess performance standard; All applicants to the program must meet with the BA adviser prior to, or at the beginning of, the first semester of residence to review the statement of purpose and to draw up an individualized study plan.
Music Theory: (16 units)
MUS 142A/B Harmony I, II 3/3
MUS 141A/B Musicianship I, II 2/2
MUS 341 Form and Analysis 3
Select one course from:
MUS 372A Jazz Theory I 2
MUS 342 Materials of Modern Music 3
Music History/Literature (18 units, 6 double-counted in GE*)
*MUS 190 The Listener's Approach 3
MUS 290 Popular Music in America 3
*MUS 490 Music Cultures of the World 3
Select three courses from:
MUS 160 Baroque/Classical Music 3
MUS 360 Medieval/Renaissance Music 3
MUS 374 19th-20th-Century Music 3
MUS 363I Music and the Visual Arts 3
MUS 364I Music and the Temporal Arts 3
Performance Ensembles: 6 units required
MUS 100, 200, 201 and/or 300, 400, 401
(ensemble must meet Department approval)
Applied Music: 6 units required
MUS 129/329 or X129/X329 and completion of
Departmental Upper-Division Screening Exam (UDSE)
Successful completion of the piano proficiency exam
(equivalent to MUS 220B)
MUS 11 (each semester in residence for total of 5 units)
MUS 210A Writing About Music 1
MUS 210B Basic Music Technology
Music History electives (upper division): select 9 units from:
MUS 393 Jazz, An American Music 3
MUS 468I Music and Film 3
MUS 467 Studies in Music and Gender 3
MUS 471 Studies in Ethnomusicology 3 (may be repeated once for maximum of 6 units)
MUS 363I Music and the Visual Arts 3
MUS 364I Music and the Temporal Arts 3 (if not taken in Music History 18-unit core)
Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies: 12 units, 6 of which must be upper division
Select 6 units from one major discipline area and an additional 6 units in one or more areas. These areas can be, but are not limited to:
Anthropology, Black Studies, Asian and Asian-American Studies, Comparative World Literature and Classics, Film Studies, Geography, History, International Studies, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Romance, German, Russian Languages, and Women's Studies
Final Exit Requirement: 4 units
MUS 496 Research Methods 3 (taken penultimate semester of graduation)
MUS 423C or D Senior Thesis or Project 1 (requires faculty adviser approval)
The Bachelor of Music degree is a high-unit professional degree and requires 132 units for graduation. Music units include the core requirements and one area of specialization called an option. Options include Instrumental Music (Music Education), Choral-Vocal Music (Music Education), Performance (including concentrations in Winds, Strings, Piano, Percussion, Voice, Opera and Jazz Studies), Composition, and Music History and Literature. Admission to the option is determined by audition and approval of the chair of the department. Application for admission to the option should be submitted no later than the beginning of the junior year, and significant progress must be demonstrated during the remaining years.
1. Music History and Literature: MUS 190 (section by advisement, double-counts as GE - C.1), 160, 360, 374, 490 (section by advisement, double-counts as GE - C.1);
2. Music Theory: MUS 141 A-B, 142 A-B, 240, 241, 341, 342;
3. Major Performance Organization: MUS 100/300, one unit each semester in residence;
4. Music Forum: MUS 11 each semester in residence to a total of 5 units (does not count toward degree units), MUS 210A, 210B;
5. Senior Recital: MUS 423A;
6. Keyboard Proficiency: successful completion of departmental piano proficiency examination (equivalent to MUS 220B).
7. Chamber music: Select two units from the following: MUS 200/400 and/or 201/401.
Core: (MUS 129, 229/429, or X129, X229/X429) required each semester in residence with an achievement of senior level on major performance medium. Junior Recital (MUS 323) and Senior Recital (MUS 423A) is required of all students.
Piano: MUS 200/400 or 201/401 (5 units); 277, 427, 477A-B, 492A-B. Electives: five units chosen from the following courses: 273A, 273B, 273C, 326, 428, 434A-B, 436, 460 and 467.
String Instruments: MUS 200/400 or 201/401 (4 units); MUS 326, 425; choose six units from: 428, 460, 467, 471, and 493.
Wind Instruments: MUS 200/400 or 201/401 (4 units, 2 of which must be either woodwind or brass chamber music); MUS 326, 424 (4 units), 425; choose six units from: 428, 460, 467, 471, and 493.
Percussion: MUS 200/400 or 201/401 (4 units, 2 of which must be percussion ensemble); 326, 425; choose six units from: 428, 460, 467, 471, and 493.
Voice: MUS 273A, 273B, 273C, 326, 426, and 434A or 434B; choose one class from 428, 460, 467, 469, and 471; Choose an additional two units from MUS 436, 434A or 434B. Completion of Department of Music Foreign Language Examination in French, German or Italian (may be waived by completion of 101B level course in French, German or Italian).
Opera: MUS 273A, 273B, 273C, 326, 436, 473, and THEA 262 or THEA 114A; two units of MUS 330 or 331 required as part of eight-unit activity requirement; choose two courses from the following: MUS 469, 3-unit theatre elective, 2-unit dance elective (DANC 111A or 113A). Completion of Department of Music Foreign Language Examination in French, German or Italian (may be waived by completion of 101B level course in French, German or Italian).
Jazz Studies: MUS 200/201/400/401 (4 units); 271; 371; 372A-B; 393; 416; 474A; Jazz Piano Proficiency: successful completion of departmental Jazz piano proficiency examination (equivalent to MUS 221B); choose 4 units by advisement from the following: 329Y, 370, 411, 417, 442, 455, 456, 457, 474B and/or 497D.