It’s been said that music is the language of the soul. At Fresno Pacific University you’ll learn not only to speak in notes, but also the history behind music. You’ll gain a lifelong appreciation for and participate in a rich variety of musical forms of expression. You’ll learn the many facets of music history, theory, technique and application to help you become the musician you want to be. Our major emphasizes performance and combines theory with practical participation in a variety of musical activities, moving you from student to performer.
- Focus on participation and performance
- Smaller classes allow for focused attention
- Top-tier faculty
Our 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, you will be prepared for lifelong exploration of music through teaching, performance, leading worship or composition.
Milt Friesen, M.A.
General Education Or Other Prerequisites (6 Units)
|MUS-101||Elements of Musicianship*||3|
|MUS-103||Introduction to American Popular Music||3|
|or ART-110||Art Appreciation||3|
* Prerequisite for MUS 110L Music Theory and Aural Skills. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.
Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS-110L Music Theory and Aural Skills. For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS-131 Piano Class or MUS-135 Private Instruction in Piano, followed by MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship.
Required Courses (31-33 Units)
|MUS-110L||Music Theory and Aural Skills||4|
|MUS-210L||Music Theory and Counterpoint||4|
|MUS-310||Music Theory and Analysis||4|
|MUS-410||Music Theory Since Debussy||4|
|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|
|or MUS-497||Senior Project in Composition||1-3|
Successful completion of Level 1 on the student's primary instrument is a prerequisite for Music 310 Music Theory and Analysis. Music history courses should be preceded by MUS-349 Music Research and MUS-110L Music Theory and Aural Skills.
Applied Music (private Instruction) (8 Units)
Enrollment in private music instruction in the student’s primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upper- division units) on the same instrument.
Ensemble (12 Units Minimum)
Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles:
|MUS-115/315||Vocal Performance Workshop||2|
Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles:
|MUS-117/317||San Joaquin Chorale||2|
|MUS-118/318||Vocal Ensemble (women's chorale, men’s chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)||2|
|MUS-119/319||Pacific Chamber Singers||2|
|MUS-120/320||Instrumental Ensemble (brass choir, hand bell choir or other approved instrumental ensemble)||2|
|MUS-125/325||University String Quartet||2|
|MUS-127/327||Woodwind Choir (flute choir, sax quartet)||2|
- All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Enrollment in Piano Proficiency Class (MUS-132) or Private Piano Instruction (MUS-135) is required until the exam is passed. Transfer students who have passed the piano proficiency test at another institution are required to pass the FPU piano proficiency exam as well.
- Level Exams: Passing the Level 1 exam signals official admittance into the music department as a music major and is a prerequisite for admittance to Music Theory and Analysis (MUS 310). The Level 2 exam must be passed at least one semester prior to the senior recital (MUS-495 Senior Project, MUS-497 Senior Project in Composition).
- During the final year of study, graduating music majors are required to present a senior performance recital. Students will register for MUS-495 Senior Project or MUS-497 Senior Project in Composition during the semester of the scheduled recital.
- A portfolio chronicling the student’s activities in music is due the semester of graduation. The portfolio is especially important for music education majors.
- Voice performance majors are required to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a second language–Italian, French or German–as determined by the faculty mentor or private music instructor.
- Voice performance majors are required to participate in four semesters of MUS- 115/315 Vocal Performance Workshop. Two semesters are required for music education majors whose primary instrument is voice.
- Keyboard majors and church music majors are encouraged to take one semester of organ instruction during their years of college study. Keyboard majors may be asked to accompany voice or instrumental students for rehearsals and student recitals.