Bachelor of Arts in Music

Requirements (96-97 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Any student accepted for admission to CSUSB can declare music as major and pursue the BA in Music degree.  Examinations and auditions are available for advanced placement only, not as an entrance requirement.

Applied instruction is available only to declared music majors. Students interested in applied composition (MUS 246) will be required to complete one year of applied vocal or instrumental music instruction (MUS 140-MUS 145) as a prerequisite. Students in applied music technology (MUS 348) will be required to complete two years of applied vocal or instrumental music instruction. (MUS 140-MUS 145 and MUS 240-MUS 245) as a prerequisite.

Students may enroll in a maximum of six quarter units at any one collegiate level of applied instruction (MUS 140- MUS 145, MUS 240-MUS 246, MUS 340-MUS 348, or MUS 440-MUS 448). After six quarters at one level, students unable to satisfy completion requirements for that level will be counseled to select a major in a different discipline and will be denied enrollment in any higher level of applied instruction.

All students enrolled as full-time music majors in the BA in Music  are required to participate each quarter until graduation in a major performing ensemble most appropriate to a student's applied emphasis.

Placement in the B.A. in Music is based on:

  1.  a theory placement examination (proficiency in music fundamentals equal to that of MUS 100 and MUS 101),
  2. a piano proficiency audition, and
  3. an applied music audition (performance proficiency equal to collegiate applied music at the 140-145 level.

Requirements for the B.A. in Music (Program Code: MUS_)

Music Theory (24)
MUS 120Theory I3
MUS 121Musicianship I1
MUS 122Theory II3
MUS 123Musicianship II1
MUS 124Theory III3
MUS 125Musicianship III1
MUS 250Theory IV3
MUS 251Musicianship IV1
MUS 252Theory V3
MUS 253Musicianship V1
MUS 254Theory VI3
MUS 255Musicianship VI1
Music History (20)
MUS 304History of Music I4
MUS 305History of Music II4
MUS 306History of Music III4
MUS 307Music of 20th and 21st Centuries4
MUS 350Music of World Cultures4
Additional Requirements (52)
Piano proficiency must be demonstrated by completing one of the following:1
Class Piano III (with a grade of "B" or better)
Or successful completion of credit by examination administered by the department.
MUS 270Introduction to Music Technology2
Nine units chosen from the student's area of study:9
MUS 140-MUS 145 (100-level Applied Study)
MUS 240-MUS 246 (200-level Applied Study)
MUS 340-MUS 349 (300-level Applied Study)
Twelve units chosen from:12
Large Music Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra
Symphonic Band
Concert Choir
Chamber Singers
Participation in one of the major performance organizations most appropriate to the student's applied emphasis is required each quarter in residence with a maximum of twelve units being applied to the major.
Concert Attendance0
Six quarters of MUS 998 - Concert Attendance (0). At least eight Music Department concerts, recitals and related programs must be attended per quarter.
MUS 475Internship in Music1
or MUS 598 Senior Project
MUS 990Music Comprehensive Assessment0
Electives: 27 units in Music of the student's choice, of which 12 units must be upper-division. Units from other disciplines may be substituted with prior approval of student's academic advisor.27
Total Units96