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The Bachelor of Arts in Music is the appropriate choice for those students seeking a broad education in music. The core curriculum stresses theory, history arid literature, and performance of music. Remaining study in the degree allows students to choose coursework that will prepare them for careers in music or careers that would benefit from a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in music.

The total number of semester units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is 120 units, of which 42 units are in the major. Consult with the appropriate undergraduate adviser for the specific number of units required in each segment of the degree including GE and free electives. A BA Senior Recital (MUS 4410) or Senior Project (MUS 4870) is required. Students must receive a grade of C or better for core courses in the degree program to satisfy music degree requirements for graduation. Students must be enrolled in applied music during the semester the Senior Recital is performed. Students electing to complete a Senior Project must register for at least 2 units of MUS 4870 over a minimum of two semester including the semester during which the final project is submitted. Units earned in MUS 4870 may be used to satisfy elective course requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Music, students will demonstrate the following:

  1. An understanding of the role of music in society through performance and/or critical analysis.
  2. An understanding of procedures for realizing and communicating a variety of musical styles and structures in their historical and cultural contexts.
  3. The ability to form and defend value judgments about music.
  4. Proficiency in realizing the basic elements of musicianship, including rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture.
  5. A level of intellectual and musical independence that results in the completion of a capstone project.

The Bachelor of Music degree curriculum provides professional preparation for students seeking careers in music education, performance, composition or jazz studies. Students desiring entrance into this degree program should review the specific entrance procedures for each degree option listed below. Each option within this degree has been carefully structured to provide an education that encompasses the artistic and functional needs of the aspiring music professional. Within each of the degree options are opportunities for study to meet individual needs.

In the core music program, lower division courses emphasize music theory, literature and applied studies, while upper division courses explore advanced concepts in theory, music history, performance and specific career preparation in the chosen degree option. The Music Education option is offered for those who wish to pursue the California Single Subject Credential in Music All degree options except Music Education include the required performance of a junior recital. All Bachelor of Music degree options include the required performance of a senior recital and required participation in performing ensembles concurrent with applied music instruction.

Option I - Composition
Option II - Jazz Studies (Track I - Performance; Track II - Arranging/Composition)
Option III - Vocal Performance
Option IV - Instrumental Performance
Option V - Keyboard Performance
Option VI - Music Education (Track I - Vocal/Choral Teaching; Track II - Instrumental Teaching)
Option VII - Commercial Music (Track I - Performance; Track II - Composition and Arranging; Track III - Music Technology)

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Music, students will demonstrate the following at a professional entry level:

  1. Musicianship, technique and artistry appropriate to the major area.
  2. The ability to form and defend value judgments about music.
  3. A broad knowledge of repertoire and the ability to perform and/or apply that knowledge in the major area.
  4. Leadership and collaboration skills on matters of musical performance and interpretation.
  5. An understanding of procedures for realizing and communicating a variety of musical styles and structures in their historical and cultural contexts.
  6. An understanding of the role of music in society through performance and/or critical analysis.

For more information on the degree programs, view the University Catalog.