Dec 09, 2019  
University Catalog 2011-2012 (ARCHIVED) 
    
University Catalog 2011-2012 (ARCHIVED) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, BMus


 

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. Students accepted into a degree program are assigned a faculty adviser to assist in planning course work. 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.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Music is 189 quarter units, of which 106-108 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with the appropriate undergraduate adviser for specific units required in each of the degree segments, including GE and free electives.

Program Entrance Requirements

Option I - Composition

Students are only admitted to the Composition degree option when they demonstrate significant professional promise as a composer. All students desiring entrance into the Composition option must submit a portfolio of compositions for consideration by the theory/composition area faculty. This must occur prior to enrolling in upper division music courses.

Option II - Jazz Studies

Each student seeking entrance into the Jazz Studies option must gain acceptance into the program through audition by faculty in both jazz studies and the student’s major instrument or voice in the applied music area of study.

Option III - Vocal Performance

Option IV - Instrumental Performance

Option V - Keyboard Performance

All students desiring entrance into the Performance options must be accepted by audition before the appropriate area faculty. This normally occurs prior to commencing music studies at the University, but may occur at any time prior to enrollment in upper division music courses.

Option VI - Music Education

All students seeking entrance into the Music Education program must submit two letters of recommendation in addition to their acceptance by audition into an applied music studio.

Option VII – Commercial Music

All students seeking entrance into the Commercial Music program must present audio and written examples of songs and/or compositions and/or arrangements that demonstrate their abilities in commercial music for consideration to the commercial music faculty.

Three tracks are offered in this option:

Track I: Performance;
Track II: Composition and arranging, and
Track III. Music Technology

Audition portfolios should address one or more of these tracks.

Requirements for the Major (106-108 units)


Depending on the option selected, a total of 189 are required for the degree of which 106 - 108 are in the major: 58 units in the required core program and 48 - 50 units in one of the six options. See Undergraduate Studies: General Information  for details about the General Education and other requirements that constitute the units outside the major. For Options I - V a 30-minute junior recital and a 50-minute senior recital are required for graduation. For Option VI a 50 minute senior recital is required for graduation.

Students must receive a grade of C or better for all required music courses in the degree program for those courses to satisfy music degree requirements for graduation. Students must be enrolled in Applied Music during the quarter the senior recital is performed.

Core Program (58 units)


All students complete a required core program of 58 units in Music.

Applied Music

All students are required to take a piano proficiency examination, MUS 243D, and pass it, (Class Piano Instruction), before being approved for graduation. Those who are deficient in this area should take appropriate additional course work as recommended by their adviser.

Select one area of specialization (6 units)

Note:

Note: Students in the BM Commercial Music option, may substitute MUS 119, 219 Commercial Music (2 2)

 

Option I: Composition (50 units)


A total of 50 units is required in this option, which prepares students in the field of composition.

Option II: Jazz Studies (50 units)


A total of 50 units is required in this option, which prepares students in jazz performance production, composition, recording, and conducting. Students must successfully complete a BM Junior Recital (MUS 340 ) and a BM Senior Recital (MUS 440 ).

There are two tracks in the Jazz Studies option: Performance and Arranging/Composition.

Performance Specialty (12 units)

Select one area of a performance specialty

Track I: Performance (12 units)


Required Courses (6 units)

Electives (6 units)

Select from upper division music courses with adviser approval.

Track II: Arranging/Composition (12 units)


Required Courses ( 9 units)

Electives (3 units)

Select from upper division music courses with adviser approval.

Option III: Vocal Performance (48-50 units)


A total of 48-50 units is required in this option which prepares students to perform art songs in the style and manner of the period in which they were written, to demonstrate awareness of poetic song content by translation from at least three foreign languages, and to prepare repertoire and recital programs. Prior to graduation, students prepare and successfully perform a 30-minute BM Junior Recital (

  ) and a 50-minute BM Senior recital (  ) of repertoire from at least three of the following historical periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Contemporary.

Required Core Courses (23 units)


 *MUS 426 is repeatable with limitations; see course description.

Foreign Languages (8 units)


Four (4) units may be taken in the General Education program.

Applied Music (12 units)


*See course descriptions for limitations on repeatability.

Performance Organizations (3 units)


*See course descriptions for limitations on repeatability.

Select from the following with adviser’s approval:

Theory/Jazz Studies (3-5 units)


Select from the following courses with adviser’s approval:

Electives (3 units)


Select from upper division music courses with adviser approval.

Option IV: Instrumental Performance (50 units)


A total of 50 units is required in this option, which prepares students for performance in small ensembles and in band or orchestra. Students study the preparation of repertoire and recital programs. Prior to graduation, students prepare and successfully perform a 30-minute BM Junior Recital (MUS 340 ) and a 50-minute BM Senior recital (MUS 440 ) of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

Required (3 units)

Performance Area (39 units)


Select courses from each area below with adviser’s approval, appropriate to instrument of specialization, for the numbered units specified in each area and for a total of 39 units. These courses are repeatable within limits specified in course descriptions.

Instrumental Course (2 units)

Performing Organizations (6 units)

Applied Music (12 units)

Select area of specialization:

Electives (8 units)


Select from upper division music courses with adviser approval.

Option V: Keyboard Performance (50 units)


A total of 50 units are required in this option which emphasizes high standards in performance of solo and ensemble literature. Performance requirements include a BM Junior Recital (MUS 340 ) and a BM Senior Recital (MUS 440 ).

Applied Music (12 units)


Ensemble (6 units)

Electives (4 units)


Select from upper division music courses with adviser approval.

Option VI: Music Education (50 units)


A total of 50 units is required in this option which prepares students for careers in Vocal/Choral or Instrumental teaching. Prior to graduation, students prepare and successfully perform a 50-mintute Senior Recital (MUS 440 ).

Applied Music (12 units)

Select one area of a performance specialty:

Track 1: Vocal/Choral Teaching (23 units)


Track 2: Instrumental Teaching (23 units)


Electives

4 Units of music electives with adviser approval.

Additional Requirements for the Single Subject Credential (7 units)


In addition to the Bachelor of Music degree program in Music Education (Option VI), the following courses are required for the credential, are prerequisite to directed teaching in music, and they may be taken either for elective credit, for the degree outside the major, or in postbaccalaureate standing. Refer to the Charter College of Education section in the Academic Programs: College-Based and University-Wide chapter of this catalog for regulations governing all teaching credential programs.

Option VII: Commercial Music (49 units)


A total of 49 units is required in this option, which prepares students in Commercial Music performance, composition and arranging, songwriting, and recording and music technology. Students must successfully complete a BM junior recital/project and a BM senior recital/project.

There are three tracks in this option:

Performance, Composition and Arranging, and Music Technology.
 

Track I: Performance


Required Courses (14 units)

Select one area of specialization (12 units) 

Track II: Composition and Arranging


Track III: Music Technology