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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

BM - Music

Concentration in Music Education

San José State University -to- Santa Rosa Junior 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 5 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
PHIL 5 Critical Thinking/Writing
COMM 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 1B Literature and Composition

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 001A Music Systems IAMUSC 2A Music Theory 1
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 001B Music Systems IBMUSC 3A Musicianship 1
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 002A Music Systems IIAMUSC 2C Music Theory 3
MUSC 2B Music Theory 2
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 019 Music in World CulturesMUSC 8 Introduction to World Music
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 IMUSCP 11A Class Piano 1
MUSC 025B Piano Proficiency IIMUSCP 11B Class Piano 2
MUSC 025C Piano Proficiency IIIMUSCP 11C Class Piano 3
Subject to Keyboard Placement Exam
MUSC 028 Guitar FundamentalsNo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

MUSC 002B Music Systems IIBMUSC 3C Musicianship 3
MUSC 3B Musicianship 2
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 003A Music Systems IIIAMUSC 2D Music Theory 4
MUSC 2C Music Theory 3
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 003B Music Systems IIIBMUSC 3D Musicianship 4
MUSC 3C Musicianship 3
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 004A Music Systems IVAMUSC 2D Music Theory 4
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 004B Music Systems IVBMUSC 3D Musicianship 4
Subject to Completion of Theory Placement Exam
MUSC 012 Medieval and Renaissance MusicMUSC 6.1 Music History and Literature: Antiquity to 1750
MUSC 6.2 Music History and Literature: 1750-Present
MUSC 013 Music TechnologyNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 040A Jazz Improvisation - IMUSC 5A Jazz Improvisation 1

Complete 8 semester units (or 12 quarter units) from:

MUSC 030 PianoMUSCP 40.1 Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Piano
MUSC 031 Harpsichord or OrganNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 033 VoiceMUSCP 40.2 Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Voice
MUSC 034 StringsMUSCP 40.3 Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Strings
MUSC 035 WoodwindsMUSCP 40.4 Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Woodwind
MUSC 036 BrassMUSCP 40.5 Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Brass
MUSC 037 PercussionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 038 CompositionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 039A Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 1No Current Equivalent

Complete 4 semester units (6 quarter units) from:

MUSC 050A ENS: Concert ChoirMUSCP 21A Concert Choir 1
MUSCP 21B Concert Choir 2
MUSCP 21C Concert Choir 3
MUSCP 21D Concert Choir 4
MUSC 053 ENS: University Symphony OrchestraMUSCP 33A Orchestra 1
MUSCP 33B Orchestra 2
MUSCP 33C Orchestra 3
MUSCP 33D Orchestra 4
MUSC 054 ENS: Symphonic BandMUSCP 30A Symphonic Band 1
MUSCP 30B Symphonic Band 2
MUSCP 30C Symphonic Band 3
MUSCP 30D Symphonic Band 4
MUSC 055 ENS: Wind EnsembleNo Current Equivalent

Music Education Concentration - Select either the Instrumental or the Choral/General below.

Instrumental Lower Division Requirements:

MUSC 026A Voice FundamentalsMUSCP 17A Elementary Voice

Choral/General Lower Division Requirements:

MUSC 041A Applied Lyric DictionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 041B Applied Lyric DictionNo Current Equivalent


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.

(page last modified: 04/23/2022)