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.
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 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 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.
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 are open to all students, regardless of their major and/or minor.
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, and guest artists of national and international stature. The department of music also hosts the annual Mariachi Showcase and annual choral, concerto, and chamber music festivals.
For more information about the music department go to www.sandiego.edu/music.
The 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, composition, music history/culture, and solo and ensemble performance. Music majors choose a General Music Major or a Music Major with Emphasis.