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Department of

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.

Reaching beyond its own discipline, the Music Department also connects with the Interdisciplinary Humanities (www.sandiego.edu/cas/humanities) and with the Medieval-Renaissance Studies (www.sandiego.edu/cas/medren) Programs.  Selected courses in Music History and Literature satisfy requirements for the Major and the Minor in those programs. 

The program provides an appropriate background for prospective candidates for advanced degrees who are preparing for careers as musicologists, composers, music theorists, performers, music librarians, or teachers.

All courses with a concert attendance requirement may require the purchase of tickets.

Preparation for the Major

All majors are required to complete the following courses (26 units):
Theory/Composition: MUSC 120, 205, 210, 211, 220, 221
History/Culture: MUSC 130; and one course from MUSC 101D, 102D, 103, 109, 140

Performance: Four semesters of individual music lessons (main instrument or voice); and Four semesters of a performance ensemble, to be chosen from MUSC 150/350, 153/353, 154/354, 155/355, 157/357 or 158/358; Choral Scholars must take MUSC 152/352.

Major Requirements

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 core curriculum requirements as set forth in this bulletin, enroll in at least 25 units of upper division elective courses in Music, and complete the following requirement in the History/Culture area:

Two courses from MUSC 330, 331, 332.

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 core curriculum requirements as set forth in this bulletin, enroll in at least 25 units of upper division elective courses in Music, and complete the following courses and the emphasis requirement below:

For all Emphases: Two from MUSC 330, 331, 332

Theory/Composition: MUSC 420, and two from MUSC 310, 320, 321, 424, 494.

History/Culture: two from MUSC 333W, 340, 440W, 441, 442, 444D, 493.

MUSC 495 Senior Project (1) in the area of emphasis

Emphases

Performance Emphasis

Individual music lessons of major instrument, voice, or conducting every semester, six of which must be upper-division. Entrance into Performance Emphasis is by audition only.

Theory Emphasis

Must take one additional upper-division course in music theory (MUSC 310, 320, 321, 424 or 494).

Composition Emphasis

Must take MUSC 411, 412 and 413, or substitute independent studies for each, prior to enrollment in MUSC 495 Senior Project.

History / Culture Emphasis

Must take one additional upper-division seminar in Music History/Culture (MUSC333W, 340, 440W, 441, 442, 444D or 493)