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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog

Music, BM

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The Bachelor of Music (BM) is a professional degree focusing on intensive music study in various specialized fields. In accordance with guidlines set forth by the National Association of Schools of Music, 65% of the total coursework in each concentration is in music. This degree is inteded for students wishing to pursue a career in music, and provides a strong foundation for graduate study.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing degrees in Music will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music through sight-reading, keyboard proficiency, and musical analysis. 
  2. Perform standard repertoire appropriate to their areas as individuals, as members of ensembles, and as conductors. 
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of music history within their areas of specialization and an acquaintance with the history, cultural background, and repertories beyond their areas, including a wide selection of Western and non-Western music literature. 
  4. Demonstrate the communication skills, musical knowledge, and facility necessary to advocate for music performance and education in their communities. 
  5. Pursue graduate work in their areas of specialization.

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.

Music Common Core

Preparatory: (7 Units)

See individual Concentrations for additional preparatory coursework. These courses do not count as units in the major.

Theory/Musicianship: (18 units)

History/Literature: (9-14 Units)

Applied Skills: (2 units)

Choose two of the following:

Applied Music Studies: (6 units)

B.M. Composition take 6 units. All other B.M. programs take 8 units.

Major Ensemble: (8 units)

Repertory Class/Forum: (4 units)

Jazz Studies majors must take MUS 426.

Total Core Units: 47-52

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