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Music - The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

College of the Arts

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Music - Undergraduate Programs

** Information below has been changed from the print version of the CSULB Student Catalog. MUS 11 has been dropped and is no longer a degree requirement. (2/5/09) **

Bachelor of Arts in Music (code MUS_BA01) (120 units)

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.

Requirements

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 Conservatory approval)

Applied Music: 6 units required

MUS 129/329 or X129/X329 and completion of Upper-Division Screening Exam (UDSE)

Piano Proficiency:

Successful completion of the piano proficiency exam (equivalent to MUS 220B)

Music Forum:

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)

** Information below has been changed from the print version of the CSULB Student Catalog. MUS 11 has been dropped and is no longer a degree requirement. **

Bachelor of Music

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 director of the conservatory. 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.

Music Education: Instrumental Music and Choral-Vocal Music Options – Core Requirements

  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 210A, 210B;
  5. Senior Recital: MUS 423A;
  6. Keyboard Proficiency: successful completion of conservatory's piano proficiency examination (equivalent to MUS 220B).
  7. Chamber music: Select two units from the following: MUS 200/400 and/or 201/401.

Option in Instrumental Music (code MUS_BM04) (132 units)

Completion of this option meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Music (code 170). In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Music teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the conservatory's Music Education Advisor early to plan their program.

The Music Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

MUS 129/329 or 129X/329X (must be taken for 8 units), 122A, 326, 125T, 382A, 382B, 386, 419, 425, 480, 482, 484, 485. Select 5 additional courses from MUS 125A, B, C, D, E and/or F.

Option in Choral-Vocal Music (code MUS_BM01) (132 units)

Completion of this option meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Music (code 170). In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Music teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the conservatory's Music Education Advisor early to plan their program.

The Music Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

MUS 129/329 or X129/X329 (must be taken for 8 units); 125F, 125T, 326, 327, 386, 419, 484, 485. Select 3 additional courses from MUS 125A, B, C, D, and/or E; 273A, 273B, 273C, 422, 426, 483A, and 483B.

** Information below has been changed from the print version of the CSULB Student Catalog. MUS 11 has been dropped and is no longer a degree requirement. **

Options in Performance, Composition and History and Literature

Core Requirements

  1. Music History and Literature: MUS 190 (section by advisement, double-counts as GE - C.1), 160, 360, 374, 490 (double-counts as GE – C.1);
  2. Music Theory: MUS 141A-B, 142A-B, 240, 241, 341, 342;
  3. Major Performance Organization: MUS 100/300, one unit each semester in residence (keyboard majors only take maximum 4 semesters), MUS 401A, B, D may satisfy Major Performance Organization requirement for junior and senior Jazz Studies majors;
  4. Music Forum: MUS 210A, 210B;
  5. Keyboard Proficiency: successful completion of conservatory's piano proficiency examination (equivalent to MUS 220B) (piano majors excepted).

Option in Performance(code MUS_BM05) (132 units)

Requirements

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, 467 and 478.

String Instruments: MUS 200/400 or 201/401 (4 units); MUS 326; choose six units from: 428, 460, 467, 471, 478 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, 224 or 424 (4 units); choose six units from: 428, 460, 467, 471, 478 and 493.

Percussion: MUS 200/400 or 201/401 (4 units, 2 of which must be percussion ensemble); 326; choose six units from: 428, 460, 467, 471, 478 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 Bob Cole Conservatory 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 Bob Cole Conservatory of Music 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 conservatory's Jazz Piano Proficiency Examination (equivalent to MUS 221B); choose 4 units by advisement from the following: 370, 411, 417, 442, 455, 456, 457, 474B and/or 497D.

Option in Composition (code MUS_BM02) (132 units)

Requirements

MUS 129 or 129X to be taken each semester in residence until successful completion of the Upper-Division Screening Examination in applied music (a minimum of 4 units is required). MUS 244A-B, 344 (must be taken concurrently with 329X), 444 (must be taken concurrently with 329X), 423B, and 24 units to be chosen under advisement as follows: 21 units to be selected from MUS 271, 329X (may be repeated multiple times), 370, 371, 372, 411, 441, 442, 443, 444, 446, 455, 456, 457, 495F, 497B-E, and THEA 449 (at least 3 of the 21 units must be selected from MUS 370, 455, 456 or 457); and three units to be selected from MUS 200B, 326, 393, 400B, 415, 422, 425, and 474.

Option in History and Literature (code MUS_BM03) (132 units)

Reqirements

Completion of the Bob Cole Conservatory in French, German or Italian (may be waived by completion of 101B level course in French, German or Italian). MUS 129 or 129X to be taken each semester in residence until successful completion of the Upper-Division Screening Examination in applied music (a minimum of 4 units is required). MUS 496 (Research Methods); 423C. Select 6 units from: MUS 363I, 364I, 393, 468I. Select 15 units from: MUS 428, 441, 460, 467, 469, 471 (may be repeated up to 6 units), 478, 492A, 492B, 493 (may be repeated up to 6 units), 400R, 400S (Collegium Musicum may be repeated up to 3 units). Select 3 units of upper division coursework outside music, under advisement, to be related to Senior Thesis topic or include foreign language literature classes.

Minor in Music (code MUS_UM01)

Requirements

A minimum of 18 units, 9 of which must be upper division (300- and 400-level courses). Specific courses are required. A degree plan must be prepared in conference with the conservatory undergraduate advisor prior to beginning this program.