Music Overview

The music curriculum affords a broad basis of study in music within the context of the liberal arts education. The major provides a thorough knowledge of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present, through balanced course offerings in music theory and composition, music history and culture, and solo and ensemble performance. Most music majors select one of these areas for emphasis.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The mission of the department of music is to educate and prepare all students with musical interest to excel and succeed in the areas in which they are most gifted. We promote a rigorous, relevant and innovative curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and fine arts traditions, and offer depth and breadth of music experience. We endeavor to instill in our students a critical sense of the role of music and music-making in society, both historically and today. We seek to inspire them with creative possibilities in the performance, scholarship, and composition of music, and to give them the critical self-awareness to continue to develop as musicians, thinkers, and citizens beyond their time at USD. And, we motivate students to keep music in their lives, connect with the world via music, and to develop career paths in music.

Students who complete the major acquire competence in music theory, history, performance (vocal and/or instrumental), composition/digital composition, and often in auxiliary areas such as conducting, music education, or arts entrepreneurship. Students may pursue music as a major, double-major, minor, an elective for their core curriculum requirement, or a concentration for the liberal studies degree. Music majors receive a bachelor of arts degree in music with an option for emphasis in performance, music theory, composition, or music history and culture, or they may select the general music degree program. Our ensembles – Bands (Concert and Athletic), Concert Choir, USD Strings, Chamber Music Ensembles, Opera Workshop, Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble – are open to all students, regardless of their major and/or minor. The elite ensemble, the Choral Scholars, is a scholarship-funded small choir.

The department of music sponsors a concert series on campus during each academic year. Open to the public, the concert series features performances by music faculty, student ensembles, student performance majors, and guest artists of national and international stature. The department of music also hosts the annual Mariachi Showcase and annual choral, concerto, band, and chamber music festivals. The department has instituted a precollege program for local high school music students to form ensembles at the university under faculty direction or join existing ensembles and take applied lessons with outstanding musicians at discounted prices.

For more information about the music department go to www.sandiego.edu/music and see our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/usdmusic.

The Music Major

The innovative music curriculum affords a broad basis of study in music within the context of the liberal arts education. The major provides a thorough knowledge of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present, through balanced course offerings in music theory, composition, music history, and solo and ensemble performance. Music majors choose a General Music Major or a Music Major with Emphasis in Performance, Music Theory, Composition, or Music History and Culture.

The Music Minor

The department offers the general minor, which provides basic experiences in music theory, history and performance and a wide range of elective courses, and the comprehensive minor, a more rigorous program with fewer electives.

The Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

Music students may select the follow the arts entrepreneurship minor, an interdisciplinary (music, theatre, school of business) program involving dedicated courses, such as Career Design in Music and Arts Entrepreneurship, and a combination of business courses (such as Marketing, Management, Economics, Finance). School of Business students taking this minor take four courses in the arts and two courses in business.

The Music Education/Teaching Credential Program

In partnership with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the music department offers a special program in music education, leading toward a single-subject teaching credential in music.

The music curriculum affords a broad basis of study in music within the context of the liberal arts education. The major provides a thorough knowledge of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present, through balanced course offerings in music theory, composition, music history/culture, and solo and ensemble performance. Music majors choose a General Music Major or a Music Major with Emphasis.