Major/Minor Requirements

Please check the current course catalog for a full description of major/minor requirements

The Music Department requires all students who wish to take courses in the Music Department or take private instrumental or voice instruction to take the Music Theory Placement Evaluation.

Requirements for the Major

The music major is a program of at least ten units. The normal sequence of courses for the major is: MUS 122, MUS 244, MUS 315 (theory and musicianship), and MUS 200, MUS 201 and MUS 202 (history and analysis), and a total of one semester of MUS 300 (of which two half-semester modular units are offered per year). Also required are three additional elective units, primarily of 200- or 300-level work. While MUS 101 can be counted toward the major, MUS 111 cannot. Students who declare a music major will also be required to participate in their choice of the Department performing music ensembles for at least one academic year (i.e., two semesters). The study of composition (213/313) is highly recommended for majors.

Students with a special interest in jazz performance may substitute MUS 209 and MUS 220 for MUS 244 and MUS 315. For these students, up to two units of MUS 298 can also be counted toward the major.

The music department does not ordinarily allow courses taken credit/noncredit to count toward the major. Students interested in majoring in music are strongly encouraged to begin the theory sequence with 122 in the fall semester of the first year.  This allows them to enroll in the spring-term offering of 244, which is desirable for 200 and the courses that follow sequentially.  Starting on this sequence immediately affords the option of taking a wider variety of elective music courses in the junior and senior years, and also makes it easier for those studying abroad to complete the major comfortably.  Students who need remedial theory (MUS 102H) should work with a Music advisor to set-up an accelerated program of study if they would like to pursue the major. If a student places out of MUS 122 and/or MUS 244, she will need to pursue other Music courses to add up to 10 units.

Students who plan to undertake graduate study in Western music history or theory are advised that knowledge of both German and French (beyond the introductory level) is essential, and proficiency in Italian highly desirable. Also of value are studies in European history, literature, and art.  Basic proficiency in European languages will also benefit students who plan to undertake graduate study in ethnomusicology, as will studies in a language or languages relevant to a research interest outside Western Europe.  In addition, we suggest participating in Yanvalou or another non-Western music ensemble and taking related courses in anthropology and area studies. Music majors are especially encouraged to develop musicianship through the acquisition of basic keyboard skills, and through ear training, private instruction in practical music, and involvement in the various performance ensembles of the Department of Music.

Requirements for the Minor

The music minor is a program of at least five units.  One unit must come from theory (MUS 120, 122, 213/313, 220 or 244), and another from history (101, 200, 201, 202, 209, 222/322, 224, 230, 224, 230, 235/335, 275 or 276).  One of the five units may come from earning one credit through performing music lessons (198, 199, 298, 299) or through completing two years in an ensemble (250H).  In order to shape a program to suit diverse musical interests, the student minoring in music should plan to select the remaining two or three courses in consultation with her chosen advisor in the process of declaring her music minor. Not more than one academic course taken credit/noncredit may be counted toward the minor.

Music minors are encouraged to develop musicianship through the acquisition of basic keyboard skills, and through ear training, private instruction in practical music, and involvement in the various performing organizations of the Department of Music.