Music Major (AB)

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 45

Required Courses

Music 121C
Music 122C
Classical Theory I
and Classical Theory II
or Music 121J
Music 122J
Jazz Theory I
and Jazz Theory II
Music 221CClassical Theory III3
Music 2231Musicianship I (should be taken concurrently with Music 221C)1
Music 2241Musicianship II (should be taken concurrently with Music 321T)1
Music 3014Ethnomusicology3
Music 3015American Popular Music and Media3
Music 3016Topics in Music History and Culture: Race and Performers of Musical Theatre, 1700 to Now3
Music 3018The Invention of Classical Music3
Music 321TMusic Theory IV: Topics in Music Theory3
Two semesters of keyboard skills; course placement determined by piano faculty2
Performance courses: private lessons, small ensembles, and/or large ensembles4
Also required:
Music 4992Senior Capstone: Performance, Composition, or Theory (or Music 4993 or Music 4994)3
or an approved 400-level Music course
Lower-level elective units (courses, lessons, and/or ensembles)7
Upper-level elective units (courses, lessons, and/or ensembles)3
Total Units45

Additional Information

A grade of C- or better is required for courses to count toward the Music major.

A maximum of 6 credits earned via study abroad and/or transfer are allowed upon department approval.

Becoming a Music Major

Students who plan to declare a major in music should consult with the department as early as possible. Students interested in pursuing a music major should begin the appropriate course sequences in music theory, music history, keyboard skills, and musicianship. All music majors must complete a senior capstone, which could take the form of a thesis, recital, lecture-demonstration, composition portfolio, or 400-level course.

Senior Honors

Music majors are encouraged to work toward Latin Honors. To qualify, students must have an outstanding academic record and satisfactorily complete a senior honors capstone project, including an oral examination with a faculty committee. Project proposals are due at the end of the junior year.

Contact Info

Contact:Jessica Flannigan