Bachelor of Music in Performance

Requirements (110 units)

Total units required for graduation: 192

The Bachelor of Music in Performance program prepares students for careers as professional performers of classical art music. Students must meet rigorous academic and artistic standards to enter and continue in the program,and after graduation the majority of them pursue advanced music degrees or similar post-baccalaureate training. The program puts particular focus on real world performing as a supplementary learning experience, with emphasis on auditions for professional engagements and competitions, service learning, and formation of ad hoc ensembles.

Entrance to Bachelor of Music in Performance requires a demonstration of significant academic,performance, and intellectual achievement. Students may apply at any time for entrance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance, but freshmen students usually apply to enter the program after the completion of three quarters of CSUSB coursework, and transfers usually apply immediately before their first quarter of enrollment.  Students whose initial application does not result in acceptance into the program may apply a maximum of one additional time.

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.

Only Bachelor of Music students may enroll in applied repertoire courses (MUS 239, 339, and 439), and they may enroll for a maximum of four quarters at each level.  After four quarters at one level, a student unable to satisfy completion requirements cannot continue in the BM in Performance degree and will be counseled to instead pursue the BA in Music or a degree in some other discipline.

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 BM in Performance are required to participate each quarter until graduation in a major performing ensemble most appropriate to a student's applied emphasis

As prerequisites for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Performance, students must complete the following as a Pre­-Music Performance major.

1. Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of B- in each:

MUS 120Theory I3
MUS 121Musicianship I1
MUS 122Theory II3
MUS 123Musicianship II1

2. Complete 3 units in one of:

MUS 140Lower-Division Voice I1
MUS 141ALower-Division Keyboard Instrument I: Piano1
MUS 141BLower-Division Keyboard Instrument I: Organ1
MUS 141CLower-Division Keyboard Instrument I: Harpsichord1
MUS 142ALower-Division String Instrument I: Violin1
MUS 142BLower-Division String Instrument I: Viola1
MUS 142CLower-Division String Instrument I: Cello1
MUS 142DLower-Division String Instrument I: Bass1
MUS 142ELower-Division String Instrument I: Guitar1
MUS 142FLower-Division String Instrument I: Harp1
MUS 143ALower-Division Wind Instrument I: Flute1
MUS 143BLower-Division Wind Instrument I: Clarinet1
MUS 143CLower-Division Wind Instrument I: Oboe1
MUS 143DLower-Division Wind Instrument I: Bassoon1
MUS 143ELower-Division Wind Instrument I: Saxophone1
MUS 144ALower-Division Brass Instrument I: Trumpet1
MUS 144BLower-Division Brass Instrument I: Horn1
MUS 144CLower-Division Brass Instrument I: Trombone1
MUS 144DLower-Division Brass Instrument I: Tuba1
MUS 145Lower-Division Percussion Instrument I1

3. Pass a diagnostic test of music theory knowledge;

4. Pass a performance audition. Students must demonstrate a high potential for succes as a professional musician based on a performance audition for a committee of music faculty. Students must perform two contrasting works of significant repertoire for their audition; vocalists must include works in two different languages;

5. Submit a written essay as part of a formal application process.  More information about the essay's expected content is available in the Department of Music's handbook.

Upon acceptance into the new program, the student's major will be changed from Pre-Music Performance to Bachelor of Music in Performance. The requirements for the Pre-Music Performance major are also requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Students who are not accepted to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, or who decide not to pursue it, can seamlessly change their degree objective to the Bachelor of Arts in Music. More information about the application process is available in the Department of Music's handbook, the department office in Performing Arts room 111, and by phone at (909) 537-5859.  Transfer students who have already completed the Pre-Music Performance requirements listed below should apply to the Bachelor of Music in Performance program immediately after acceptance to CSUSB.

Continuation in and graduation from the program require the following:

1. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all CSUSB coursework, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all CSUSB music coursework. Students whose academic achievement falls below either GPA minimum for two or more consecutive quarters in a row cannot continue in the program;

2. Normally three quarters are required in each of MUS 239, MUS 339,and MUS 439, and a maximum of four quarters of enrollment are allowed in each of the three courses. Students not able in four quarters to complete requirements for one of those three courses cannot continue in the BM program.

Additionally, before enrolling in MUS 499 Junior Recital, students must satisfy the piano proficiency requirement (see below), pass all "core" music theory and musicianship courses (MUS 120 through 125 and MUS 250 through 255), and complete all core history courses (MUS 304 through 307 and MUS 350).  Approval to give a performance for MUS 499 Junior Recital or MUS 599 Senior Recital requires completion of a recital hearing at least four weeks before the planned performance date.  Recital hearings are played for a faculty committee that includes a student's studio teacher and at least two other faculty members. For MUS 599, students must submit written program notes at their hearings that meet writing, formatting,and content standards published in the Department of Music handbook.   If program notes do not meet the department's minimum standards,the hearing committee can deny the student permission for the recital performance.   The department's handbook is published online at the Music department website.

Requirements for the B.M. in Music Performance

Core Requirements (65)
Music Theory
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
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
Basic Conducting
MUS 210Conducting2
Additional Requirements
Piano Proficiency must be demonstrated by completing one of the following:1
Class Piano III (with a grade of "B: or better)
Succesful completion of credit by examination administered by the department
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 major instrument is required each quarter in residence with a maximum of twelve units being applied to the Major
MUS 998Concert Attendance (six quarters)0
MUS 499Junior Recital1
MUS 599Senior Recital1
MUS 270Introduction to Music Technology2
MUS 311Performance Literature2

Vocal Concentration (45) (Program Code: MUPV)

Applied Study21
Lower-Division Voice I (for a total of 3 units)
Lower-Division Voice II (for a total of 3 units)
Upper-Division Voice I (for a total of 3 units)
Upper-Division Voice II (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire I (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire II (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire III (for a total of 3 units)
MUS 450AApplied Music Pedagogy: Voice2
Small Ensembles2
Opera Theatre I
Opera Theatre II
Diction4
Diction for Singers I
Diction for Singers II
Language8
Eight units from German, French, and Italian language, subject to advisor's approval, from General Education category C3 language choices
History and theory electives4
Four units selected from the following:
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Jazz History in America and African-American Culture
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Chamber Music: World Music
Chamber Music: Early Music
Studies in Composers
Topics in Music History
Studies in Music History
Studies in Musical Organization
Upper-division music electives4

Instrumental Concentration (45) (Program Code: MUPI)

Applied Study
Three units chosen from:3
MUS 142A-F
Lower-Divison String Instrument I
MUS 143A-E
Lower-Divison Wind Instrument I
MUS 144A-D
Lower-Divison Brass Instrument I
Lower-Division Percussion Instrument I
Three units chosen from:3
MUS 242A-F
Lower-Divison String Instrument II
MUS 243A-E
Lower-Divison Wind Instrument II
MUS 244A-D
Lower-Divison Brass Instrument II
Lower-Division Percussion Instrument II
Three units chosen from:3
MUS 342A-F
Upper-Divison String Instrument I
MUS 343A-E
Upper-Divison Wind Instrument I
MUS 344A-D
Upper-Divison Brass Instrument I
Upper-Division Percussion Instrument I
Three units chosen from:3
MUS 442A-F
Upper-Divison String Instrument II
MUS 443A-E
Upper-Divison Wind Instrument II
MUS 444A-D
Upper-Divison Brass Instrument II
Upper-Division Percussion Instrument II
MUS 239Applied Repertoire I (for a total of 3 units)3
MUS 339Applied Repertoire II (for a total of 3 units)3
MUS 439Applied Repertoire III (for a total of 3 units)3
Two units chosen from:2
Applied Music Pedagogy: Orchestral Strings
Applied Music Pedagogy: Woodwinds
Applied Music Pedagogy: Brass
Applied Music Pedagogy: Percussion
Six units selected from:6
Chamber Music: Woodwinds
Chamber Music: Percussion
Chamber Music: Flute Choir
Chamber Music: Brass Quintet
Chamber Music: Saxophone
Chamber Music: Clarinet Ensemble
Chamber Music: Strings
MUS 303Instrumental Conducting1
History and theory electives
Six units selected from the following:6
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Jazz History in America and African-American Culture
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Chamber Music: World Music
Chamber Music: Early Music
Studies in Composers
Topics in Music History
Studies in Music History
Studies in Musical Organization
Upper-division music electives9

Piano Concentration (45) (Program Code: MUPP)

Applied Study21
Lower-Division Keyboard Instrument I: Piano (for a total of 3 units)
Lower-Division Keyboard Instrument II: Piano (for a total of 3 units)
Upper-Division Keyboard Instrument I: Piano (for a total of 3 units)
Upper-Division Keyboard Instrument II: Piano (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire I (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire II (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire III (for a total of 3 units)
MUS 450BApplied Music Pedagogy: Piano2
Small Ensembles
Four units chosen from:4
MUS 382A-L
Chamber Music
Opera Theatre I
Opera Theatre II
Vocal Jazz
MUS 382KChamber Music: Collaborative Piano (for a total of 4 units)4
History and theory electives6
Six units selected from the following:
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Jazz History in America and African-American Culture
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Chamber Music: World Music
Chamber Music: Early Music
Studies in Composers
Topics in Music History
Studies in Music History
Studies in Musical Organization
Upper-division music electives8

Guitar Concentration (45) (Program Code: MUPG)

Applied Study21
Lower-Division String Instrument I: Guitar (for a total of 3 units)
Lower-Division String Instrument II: Guitar (for a total of 3 units)
Upper-Division String Instrument I: Guitar (for a total of 3 units)
Upper-Division String Instrument II: Guitar (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire I (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire II (for a total of 3 units)
Applied Repertoire III (for a total of 3 units)
MUS 450DApplied Music Pedagogy: Guitar2
Small ensembles4
Four units chosen from:
MUS 382A-L
Chamber Music
Opera Theatre I
Opera Theatre II
Vocal Jazz
MUS 382FChamber Music: Guitar Ensemble (for a total of 4 units)4
History and theory electives6
Six units selected from the following:
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Jazz History in America and African-American Culture
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Chamber Music: World Music
Chamber Music: Early Music
Studies in Composers
Topics in Music History
Studies in Music History
Studies in Musical Organization
Upper-division music electives8