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The Music Major

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music offers comprehensive training in performance, theory and history, all intended to prepare students for careers in professional music, teaching, or related fields. There are many opportunities for students to perform as soloists or in ensembles.   

Program Goals
  • To prepare students for career opportunities in the varied fields of music
  • To prepare students to work collaboratively
  • To prepare students to be self-disciplined
  • To develop the student's awareness of the development of musical style and influence in western cultural history

The requirements are flexible enough to allow each student to specialize or generalize as appropriate in two emphases: General Music and Music Education.

Core Classes (65 Units)

All Music Majors (General emphasis and Education emphasis) must take the following core areas of study:

  • Theory (MUS 122, 152, 222)
  • Theory Skills (MUS 124, 154, 224)
  • Analysis (MUS 370)
  • History (MUS 201, 202)
  • Performance Ensembles (Choir 251/451, Band 253/453, Orchestra 254/454, Jazz 256/456) 
  • Individual Instruction (MUS 123, 223, 323, 423)
  • Piano (MUS 132, 133, 134, 232, 234, 236)
  • Senior Project (490, 491, 492-494)

General Music Emphasis (43 Units)

Declared Music Majors choosing an emphasis in General Music, in addition to the core classes above, are required to take:

  • Music Technology (MUS 111)
  • Form & Analysis (MUS 371)
  • Upper Division Electives*
  • Declare a Minor in an area outside of Music

* Upper Division students must take three (3) upper division courses in the areas of history, conducting, and/or composition. Please see top sidebar.

Music Education Emphasis (59 Units)

Declared Music Majors who choose to go into the field of Music Education, in addition to the core classes above, must take:

  • Music Technology (MUS 211)
  • Conducting (MUS 325, 425)
  • Pedagogy (See lower sidebar)
  • Singing Techniques (MUS 227, 228, 229)
  • Vocal and Instrumental Methods (MUS 405, 406, 410, 411)
  • Early Field Experiences in Music (MUS 257)
  • Music in the Elementary Schools (MUS 403 or 404)

General Music Emphasis

Upper Division Electives


  • Music Drama
  • Baroque & Classical
  • Romanticism & Impressionism
  • Music of the Early 20th Century
  • Music Since 1945
    • Counterpoint
    • Orchestration
    • Jazz Improvisation
    • Beginning Conducting
    • Advanced Conducting
  • Theory & Composition


Music Ed. Emphasis

Pedagogy Breakdown

Principles involved in the playing and teaching of the regular orchestral instruments and maintenance of the regular band. Students are required to play each instrument studied in the class and demonstrate a working acquaintance with the pedagogical knowledge necessary to adequately instruct another person in the following areas:

  • Strings (3 units) Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass
  • Woodwinds (3 units): Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
  • Brass (3 units): Bb Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba 
  • Percussion (3 units): Appropriate definite and indefinite pitched instruments, as determined by the instructor.