A UCR music major not only gains a knowledge and awareness of music as a worldwide cultural phenomenon but develops critical acumen through a manifold approach to sound in its many cultural settings. Historical, ethnographic and critical studies are complemented and deepened by music-writing and auditory skills (developed largely in the context of Western music), and by ensemble performance (available in Indonesian, Philippine, Japanese and Latin American as well as traditional Western forms) and by individual instrumental or vocal study.
The major requirements for the B.A. degree in Music are as follows:
- Lower-division requirements (13-15 units plus keyboard proficiency)
- MUS 030A, MUS 030B, MUS 030C
- MUS 031A, MUS 031B, MUS 031C or proficiency for MUS 131A
- Keyboard proficiency
- Upper-division requirements (63 units plus quarterly ensemble)
- MUS 112A, MUS 112B, MUS 112C
- MUS 130A, MUS 130B
- MUS 131A, MUS 131B, MUS 131C or proficiency
- Six quarters of MUS 180 (E-Z) or MUS 181 (E-Z)
- Twenty-eight (28) additional upper-division units from the following. (No performance courses numbered MUS 160 to MUS 181 (E-Z) may be used to satisfy this requirement.)
- MUS 138
- One course in music in world cultures (MUS 122-129)
- One course from the MUS 113–119 series, MUS 187, or MUS 191 (E-Z)
- Participation in a major ensemble (MUS 160–166, MUS 168/AST 168–MUS 173) each quarter
Note Because of additional performance requirements appropriate to the music curriculum, Music majors have been granted an exemption from the 80-unit limit on courses in the major so that 102 music units may be counted toward the B.A.
Students emphasizing the study of music in world culture are advised to take at least two additional courses in the MUS 120 series in addition to MUS 168/AST 168.
Students emphasizing Western music history are advised to take at least two additional courses in that area.
Students emphasizing music theory and composition are advised to take MUS 137 and at least two additional courses in music theory or composition.
Students seeking a teaching credential are advised to take MUS 133, MUS 150A, MUS 150B, MUS 150C, MUS 150D, MUS 151, and MUS 152. Consult the Graduate School of Education for credential requirements.
Examinations and Auditions
The ability to play simple piano music is required of all majors. Students lacking keyboard proficiency when the major is declared must enroll in MUS 080P to prepare them for the proficiency examination. This examination should be passed by the junior year. Consult the department for examination requirements.
All students intending to enroll in MUS 030A must take a music theory diagnostic examination, which is given at the beginning of instruction.
MUS 031A, MUS 031B, and MUS 031C are taken until proficiency for admission to MUS 131A is achieved. The completion of MUS 131A, MUS 131B, and MUS 131C is required for graduation.
All students normally participate in a major ensemble each quarter. Admission to any ensemble course is by consent of instructor. All students intending to participate in an ensemble course must audition during registration.
All students enrolled in MUS 080 (E-Z), MUS 081 (E-Z), MUS 180 (E-Z), and MUS 181 (E-Z) must pay a lesson fee (check with the department office for current fee).
Enrollment in one section of MUS 180 (E-Z) or MUS 181 (E-Z) per quarter is provided at no additional cost to upper-division Music majors for a maximum of six quarters.
Student Advising Forms
2012-2013 Things to Remember
2012-2013 Breadth Requirements
2012-2013 Music Undergraduate Flyer
2012-2013 Music Major Requirements Form
2012-2013 Music Ensembles
2012-2013 Music Undergraduate Requirements
2012-2013 Music Private Lesson Scholarship Application
2012-2013 Music What can I do with this degree
For more information, contact:
Performing Arts Academic Advisor
Creative Writing, Dance, Music, and Theatre
M-Th 9-11am or 1-3pm
No advising on Fridays.