Music

The music major provides students with preparation for life-long appreciation of and participation in a rich variety of musical forms of expression. The major emphasizes performance and combines theory with practical participation in a variety of musical activities.

Unique Features

  • Focus on performance
  • Smaller classes give focused attention
  • Top-tiered faculty
  • Variety of opportunities for participation and performance

Our Graduates

The curriculum for the music major is designed to prepare skillful musicians, effective communicators, creative teachers and responsible servant/leaders in the church and the community. Through the study of music theory and history, and the practice of music performance, students will be prepared for life-long exploration of music.

Program Details

Students must choose one of the following emphases:

  • Church music - prepares students for music ministry in the church
  • Music education - satisfies California state requirements for the subject matter teaching credential in music
  • Performance/composition - increases student competence in performance or composition

Are there additional requirements for music majors?

  • Private instruction - Eight semester units of private instruction in an instrument or voice are required, including four semesters at the advanced level.
  • Jury examinations - Jury examinations are performed at the end of each semester and serve as the final examination for private instruction. There are two levels in the jury examination process. Successful completion of Level 1 signals acceptance into the music major. Level 2 must be satisfactorily completed at least one semester prior to the senior recital.
  • Ensembles - Music majors are required to participate in a performing ensemble each semester of attendance, for a minimum of 12 units.
  • Piano proficiency - Piano proficiency must be demonstrated by the end of the junior year. Students must enroll in piano class or private instruction in piano until the piano proficiency test has been passed.
  • Portfolio - At the end of the senior year, a portfolio of all music involvement must be submitted for review.

Courses

General Education or Other Prerequisites (6 Units)

  • MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship (3) (or by examination*)
  • MUS-103 Introduction to American Popular Music (3)
  • or ART 110 Art Appreciation (3)

Required Courses (31-33 Units)

  • MUS-110L Music Theory and Ear Training (4)**
  • MUS-210L Music Theory and Counterpoint (4)
  • MUS-310 Music Theory and Analysis (4)
  • MUS-410 Music Theory Since Debussy (4)
  • MUS-349 Music Research (1)
  • MUS-350 Early Music History (3)
  • MUS-351 Music History: 1725-1900 (3)
  • MUS-352 Music History and World Music Since 1900 (4)
  • MUS-400 Music in the Church (3)
  • MUS-495 Senior Project (1-3)
  • or MUS-497 Senior Project in Composition (1-3)

*This course may be waived for students who demonstrate adequate background in music through examination. 
**Music majors are encouraged to take this course during the fall semester of their freshman year.
***Four semesters are required for voice performance emphasis majors and two semesters for music education emphasis majors who have chosen voice as their primary instrument.

Applied Music (8-16 units)

Eight semester units of private instruction in an instrument or voice, including four semesters at the advanced level. Jury exams at the end of each semester will serve as the final examination for private instruction.

Ensemble (12-16 units)

Music majors are required to participate in a performing ensemble each semester of attendance, for a minimum of 12 units.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must enroll in piano class or private instruction in piano until the piano proficiency test has been passed. 
  • At the end of the senior year, a portfolio of all music involvement must be submitted for review.

Further Information

To discover more about the music program, visit the music department pages.