Music Major

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 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Major

All majors are required to complete the following courses (26 units):

Theory/Composition
MUSC 120Fundamentals of Music Theory3
 MUSC 121 Making Music - Integrating Theory and Practice
MUSC 205Class Piano II1
MUSC 210Aural Skills I1
MUSC 211Aural Skills II1
MUSC 220Harmony I3
MUSC 221Harmony II3
History/Culture
MUSC 130Music in Society3
Select one of the following:3
MUSC 101DAmerican Music
MUSC 102DJazz
MUSC 103Music for the Stage
MUSC 106We Shall Overcome: Singing for Justice, Freedom and Peace
MUSC 109Introduction to Sound Arts
MUSC 140Music in World Cultures
Performance
Four semesters of a performance ensemble, to be chosen from the following:4
MUSC 150/350Chamber Music Ensembles
MUSC 151/351USD Strings
MUSC 153/353Concert Choir
MUSC 154/354Opera Workshop
MUSC 155/355Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 156/356Band
MUSC 157/357Gamelan Ensemble
MUSC 158/358Mariachi Ensemble
Choral Scholars must take MUSC 152/MUSC 352
Applied Lessons
Four semesters of individual music lessons (main instrument or voice), to be chosen from the following:4

The General Music Major

The General Music Major is suitable for students who wish to obtain a sophisticated appreciation and understanding of music and gain proficiency in the creation and performance of music without an emphasis in one area.

In order to obtain a General major in music, the student must satisfy the Preparation for the Major requirements as set forth in this course catalog, and enroll in at least 25 units of upper division elective courses in Music, including the following requirement in the History/Culture area:

Select two of the following:6
MUSC 330Music History I: Antiquity-1600 (Eurpidies-Monteverdi)
MUSC 331Music History II: 1600-1830 (Monteverdi-Beethoven)
MUSC 332Music History III: 1830-Present (Schubert to Philip Glass)

The Music Major with Emphasis

The Music Major with Emphasis is suitable for students who wish to pursue a career or advanced study in the music field. The student selects an emphasis in Performance, Music History and Culture, Composition, or Theory. Entrance into the Performance Emphasis requires an audition by the end of the first year of study. Other emphases should be declared by the beginning of the third year of study.

In order to obtain a major in music with emphasis, the student must satisfy the Preparation for the Major requirements as set forth in this course catalog, enroll in at least 25 units of upper division elective courses in Music, including the following courses and satisfy the emphasis requirement below:

Select two courses from the following:6
MUSC 330Music History I: Antiquity-1600 (Eurpidies-Monteverdi)
MUSC 331Music History II: 1600-1830 (Monteverdi-Beethoven)
MUSC 332Music History III: 1830-Present (Schubert to Philip Glass)
MUSC 420Digital Audio Composition3
Select two courses from the following:6
MUSC 310Form and Analysis
MUSC 320Orchestration and Arranging
MUSC 321Counterpoint and Schenkerian Analysis
MUSC 322Rhythm and Time
MUSC 424Art and the Soundscape
MUSC 492Special Topics in Music Theory/Composition
Select two courses from the following:6
MUSC 333WPro-Seminar In Musicology
MUSC 334Musical Iconography: Sound and Image
MUSC 336Music Therapy
MUSC 340Topics in World Music
MUSC 440WTopics in Enthomusicology
MUSC 441Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
MUSC 444DThe Bebop Era
MUSC 493Special Topics in Music History
MUSC 495Senior Project1

Emphases

Performance Emphasis

Six units (one 1-unit course per semester) of applied lessons (MUSC 360 - MUSC 380) on the instrument of emphasis, voice or conducting at the upper-division level. Four of these units apply to the Performance Emphasis; the other two units will satisfy a portion of the Applied Lessons requirement in the Preparation for the Major.  Students in the Performance Emphasis should begin taking these courses at the upper-division level during the sophomore year.  Entrance into the Performance Emphasis is by audition only. 

Theory Emphasis

Select one additional upper division course in music theory:3
MUSC 310Form and Analysis
MUSC 320Orchestration and Arranging
MUSC 321Counterpoint and Schenkerian Analysis
MUSC 322Rhythm and Time
MUSC 421Interactive Digital Music and Arts
MUSC 424Art and the Soundscape
MUSC 492Special Topics in Music Theory/Composition

Composition Emphasis

Take all of the following:3
MUSC 411Composition Studio 1
MUSC 412Composition Studio 2
MUSC 413Composition Studio 3
Or substitute independent studies for each, prior to enrollment in MUSC 495 Senior Project

History/Culture Emphasis

Select one additional upper division seminar in Music History/Culture:3
MUSC 333WPro-Seminar In Musicology
MUSC 334Musical Iconography: Sound and Image
MUSC 336Music Therapy
MUSC 340Topics in World Music
MUSC 440WTopics in Enthomusicology
MUSC 441Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
MUSC 444DThe Bebop Era
MUSC 493Special Topics in Music History

Recommended Program of Study, Music

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
MUSC 120 121Fundamentals of Music Theory
Making Music - Integrating Theory and Practice
3
100-level History/Culture3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
CC or electives6-9
Semester II
MUSC 210Aural Skills I1
MUSC 220Harmony I3
100-level History/Culture3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
CC or electives6-9
Sophomore Year
Semester I
MUSC 211Aural Skills II1
MUSC 221Harmony II3
300-level History/Culture3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
CC or electives6-9
Semester II
MUSC 205Class Piano II1
Upper Division Theory/Composition3
300-level History/Culture3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
CC or electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester I
Upper Division Theory/Composition3
Upper Division History/Culture3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
CC or electives6-9
Semester II
Upper Division History/Culture3
MUSC 420Digital Audio Composition3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester I
Upper Division Music or Independent Study3
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
Electives9-12
Semester II
MUSC 495Senior Project1
1 Ensemble1
1 Individual Lesson1
Electives9-12

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