Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BM - Music

Concentration in Performance

San José State University -to- Bakersfield College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

All music majors must demonstrate an acceptable level of performance ability in applied area offered in the curriculum. All entering transfer students must perform an audition for the appropriate applied music committee.

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL B2 Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking
ENGL B3 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking & Advanced Composition
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL B1B Introduction to Types of Literature
ENGL B3 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature

Note: A grade of C- or better is required in all music courses listed below.

Also note that the MUSC 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B, 003A, 003B, 004A and 004B are courses which are subject to completion of theory placement exam.

Preparation for the Major:

MUSC 019 Music in World CulturesNo Current Equivalent
Students must complete a piano proficiency requirement which may be satisfied with completion of MUSC 25A, MUSC 25B and MUSC 25C, or qualified students may test out by performing required skills for the piano faculty at SJSU.
MUSC 025A Piano Proficiency INo Current Equivalent
MUSC 025B Piano Proficiency IINo Current Equivalent
MUSC 025C Piano Proficiency IIINo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

MUSC 001A Music Systems IANo Current Equivalent
MUSC 001B Music Systems IBNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 002A Music Systems IIAMUSC B4A Elementary Theory
MUSC 002B Music Systems IIBMUSC B15A Ear Training and Sight Singing
MUSC 003A Music Systems IIIAMUSC B4B Elementary Theory
MUSC 003B Music Systems IIIBMUSC B15B Ear Training and Sight Singing
MUSC 004A Music Systems IVAMUSC B4C Intermediate Theory-Contemporary Materials
MUSC 004B Music Systems IVBMUSC B15C Intermediate Ear Training and Sight Singing
MUSC 012 Medieval and Renaissance MusicNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 013 Music TechnologyNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 040A Jazz Improvisation - INo Current Equivalent

Complete 8 semester units (12 quarter units) from:

MUSC 030 PianoNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 030A Piano 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030B Piano 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030C Piano 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030D Piano 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031 Harpsichord or OrganNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 031A Harpsichord or Organ 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031B Harpsichord or Organ 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031C Harpsichord or Organ 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031D Harpsichord or Organ 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033 VoiceNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 033A Voice 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033B Voice 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033C Voice 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033D Voice 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034 StringsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 034A Strings 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034B Strings 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034C Strings 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034D Strings 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035 WoodwindsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 035A Woodwinds 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035B Woodwinds 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035C Woodwinds 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035D Woodwinds 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036 BrassNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 036B Brass 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036C Brass 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036D Brass 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036E Brass 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037 PercussionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 037A Percussion 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037B Percussion 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037C Percussion 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037D Percussion 4No Current Equivalent

Complete 4 semester units (6 quarter units) from:

MUSC 050A ENS: Concert ChoirMUSC B14A College Choir
MUSC 052 ENS: Opera TheaterNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 053 ENS: University Symphony OrchestraMUSC B12A College Orchestra
MUSC 054 ENS: Symphonic BandMUSC B10A Concert Band
MUSC 055 ENS: Wind EnsembleNo Current Equivalent

Applied Area, By Advisement. Students must choose an area of specialization in Voice, Keyboard, or Symphonic Instrument from below:


MUSC 041A Applied Lyric DictionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 041B Applied Lyric DictionNo Current Equivalent
and 6 semester units (or 9 quarter units) from:
MUSC 060A ENS: ChoraliersMUSC B17A Chamber Singers
MUSC 060D ENS: Collegium MusicumNo Current Equivalent

Keyboard - Complete 4 semester units (6 quarter units) from:

MUSC 060C ENS: Chamber MusicNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060D ENS: Collegium MusicumNo Current Equivalent

Symphonic Instrumental- Complete 8 semester units (12 quarter units) from:

MUSC 060B ENS: Chamber OrchestraNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060C ENS: Chamber MusicNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060D ENS: Collegium MusicumNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060H ENS: Percussion EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060J ENS: String EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060K ENS: Brass EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060L ENS: Woodwind EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060M ENS: Saxophone EnsembleNo Current Equivalent

Voice students seeking the Bachelor of Music - Performance degree must complete a language proficiency in Italian or French. This may be satisfied with four years of secondary study, a proficiency exam, or one year of college study.


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units, students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. The lower division major courses for this major are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at:

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.