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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the role of music in today’s world
  2. Understand the applications of technology to musical activities
  3. Form personal goals in the field of music and complete a capstone project related to those goals
  4. Demonstrate understanding of music theory
  5. Demonstrate understanding of music history
  6. Demonstrate competence in musical performance
  7. Demonstrate competence in musicianship skills
  8. Communicate effectively

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
MU 103Music Theory I: Diatonic Materials4
MU 104Musicianship I2
MU 105Music Theory II: Chromatic Materials4
MU 106Musicianship II2
MU 108Musicianship III2
MU 121Introduction to Non-Western Musics4
MU 303Music Theory III: Advanced Chromaticism4
MU 305Music Theory IV: Contemporary Practices4
MU 311Sound Design: Technologies4
MU 320Music Research and Writing4
MU 325America's Music (USCP)4
or MU 326 Cultural Concepts and Structures in Music
or MU 336 Jazz History and Theory
or MU 470 Music History: Selected Advanced Topics
MU 331Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance4
MU 332Music of the Baroque and Early Classic Eras4
MU 431Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras4
MU 432Music of the Modern Era4
MU 461Senior Project3
Approved music lecture courses (300-400 level) 1
Select from the following:12
Counterpoint
Sound Design: Recording
Music and Society
America's Music
Cultural Concepts and Structures in Music
Women in Music
Jazz History and Theory
Conducting: Fundamentals
Conducting: Choral
Conducting: Instrumental
Orchestration
Music for Classroom Teachers
Sound Design: Synthesis
Sound Design: Composition and Production
Choral Literature and Rehearsal Techniques
Instrumental Literature and Rehearsal Techniques
Music History: Selected Advanced Topics
Major Ensemble 100-level
Select from the following:6
Piano Accompanying
University Jazz Band
Instrumental Ensembles
Wind Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Winds
Polyphonics
Vocal Ensemble
University Singers
Early Music Ensemble
Arab Music Ensemble
Major Ensemble at 300-level
Select from the following:3
Piano Accompanying
University Jazz Band
Instrumental Ensemble
Wind Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Winds
Polyphonics
Vocal Ensemble
University Singers
Early Music Ensemble
Arab Music Ensemble
Applied Study
Select from the following:9
Applied Music
Applied Music
Applied Music
Applied Music
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below. )72
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives21
Total units180
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MU 325, MU 326, MU 336, MU 470 can satisfy this requirement if not previously used to satisfy another required music course.

General Education (GE) Requirements

Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics8
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (no MU course)4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective4
Total units72