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Music and Dance, School of

BA - Music

This is a flexible program that allows students to combine studies in music with other fields of interest. An entrance audition is required. All students must complete the core classes and then select electives from at least two categories, in consultation with the Music Advisor, and directed toward a specific Capstone project. Four semesters of applied lessons are required. Ensemble participation is a co-requisite of applied lessons at all times.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed for the student who seeks a liberal arts education with a major in music. The degree can be tailored to each student. A senior project is required.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the preparation and major (all courses in preparation, and core) must be completed with a grade of "C or better".


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
MUSC 100W. Written Communication IIZ3
Requirements of the Major56
Core Courses41
Lower Division29
MUSC 001A. Music Systems IA2
MUSC 001B. Music Systems IB1
MUSC 002A. Music Systems IIA2
MUSC 002B. Music Systems IIB1
MUSC 003A. Music Systems IIIA2
MUSC 003B. Music Systems IIIB1
MUSC 004A. Music Systems IVAC12
MUSC 004B. Music Systems IVBC11
MUSC 012. Medieval and Renaissance MusicC23
MUSC 013. Music Technology1
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
MUSC 025A. Piano Proficiency I1
MUSC 025B. Piano Proficiency II1
Complete Four units from:
MUSC 029X. Electro-Acoustics1
MUSC 029AX. Applied Electro-Acoustic 11
MUSC 029BX. Applied Electro-Acoustic 21
MUSC 029CX. Applied Electro-Acoustic 31
MUSC 029DX. Applied Electro-Acoustic 41
MUSC 030X. Applied Piano1
MUSC 030AX. Applied Piano 11
MUSC 030BX. Applied Piano 21
MUSC 030CX. Applied Piano 31
MUSC 030DX. Applied Piano 31
MUSC 031X. Harpsichord or Organ1
MUSC 031AX. Harpsichord or Organ 11
MUSC 031BX. Harpsichord or Organ 21
MUSC 031CX. Harpsichord or Organ 31
MUSC 031DX. Harpsichord or Organ 41
MUSC 033X. Applied Voice1
MUSC 033AX. Applied Voice 11
MUSC 033BX. Applied Voice 21
MUSC 033CX. Applied Voice 31
MUSC 033DX. Applied Voice 41
MUSC 034X. Strings: Violin and Viola1
MUSC 034AX. Strings: Violin and Viola 11
MUSC 034BX. Strings: Violin and Viola 21
MUSC 034CX. Strings: Violin and Viola 31
MUSC 034DX. Strings: Violin and Viola 41
MUSC 035X. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet1
MUSC 035AX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 11
MUSC 035BX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 21
MUSC 035CX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 31
MUSC 035DX. Woodwinds: Applied Clarinet 41
MUSC 036X. Applied Trumpet1
MUSC 036BX. Applied Trumpet 11
MUSC 036CX. Applied Trumpet 21
MUSC 036DX. Applied Trumpet 31
MUSC 036EX. Applied Trumpet 41
MUSC 037X. Applied Percussion1
MUSC 037AX. Applied Percussion 11
MUSC 037BX. Applied Percussion 21
MUSC 037CX. Applied Percussion 31
MUSC 037DX. Applied Percussion 41
Complete Four units from:
MUSC 050A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 051. ENS: University Chorales1
MUSC 052. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 053. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 054. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 055. ENS: Wind Ensemble1
MUSC 057. ENS: Jazz Orchestra1
MUSC 059. ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 060A. ENS: Choraliers1
MUSC 060B. ENS: Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 060C. ENS: Chamber Music1
MUSC 060D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 060E. ENS: Jazz Singers1
MUSC 060F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 060G. ENS: Pep Band1
MUSC 060H. ENS: Percussion Ensemble1
MUSC 060I. ENS: Jazz Ensemble1
Upper Division Courses12
MUSC 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
MUSC 120. Worlds of JazzS3
Complete one course from:
MUSC 040A. Jazz Improvisation - I2
MUSC 148A. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Africa and Diaspora2
MUSC 148B. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Asia2
Capstone Project1
One of the following: undergraduate thesis, lecture/demonstration, or an appropriate project approved by the Director and area coordinator.
MUSC 182. Senior Project1
Additional Courses in Music15
Take 15 units from at least two of the following categories. Five units must be upper division. Select courses in consultation with an advisor directed towards one of the capstone projects described below. All students must complete the capstone project under MUSC 182, listed above.
Theory, Arranging and Composition
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 109. Film Scoring Techniques3
History and Literature
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
MUSC 116. Aspects of Twentieth Century Music3
MUSC 117. Music and Culture in Latin AmericaV3
MUSC 142. REP: Art Song Repertoire1
MUSC 144. REP: Solo Lit., Performance, Pedagogy1
MUSC 145. REP: Performance Concepts2
MUSC 181. Concert Listening II1
2 units maximum of MUSC 181
RELS 121. Music and Religious Experience3
Conducting
MUSC 147A. Beginning Conducting2
MUSC 147B. Advanced Conducting: Instrumental2
MUSC 147C. Advanced Conducting: Choral2
Improvisation
MUSC 040A. Jazz Improvisation - I2
MUSC 140B. Jazz Improvisation-II2
MUSC 140C. Jazz Improvisation-III2
Music Technology
MUSC 167. Electro-Acoustic Music I3
MUSC 168. Electro-Acoustic Music II3
MUSC 170A. Fundamentals of Sound Recording3
MUSC 170B. Intermediate Sound Recording3
MUSC 180. Individual Studies1
Beginning Methods and Techniques
MUSC 025C. Piano Proficiency III1
MUSC 026A. Voice Fundamentals1
MUSC 041A. Applied Lyric Diction1
MUSC 041B. Applied Lyric Diction1
MUSC 122A. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 122B. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 123A. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 123B. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 125D. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 127A. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
MUSC 127B. Fundamental Techniques and Literature: Instrumental1
Applied Lessons
By audition and special permission from Director.
MUSC 129. Electro-Acoustics1-2
MUSC 129A. Electro-Acoustics 51-2
MUSC 129B. Electro-Acoustics 61-2
MUSC 129C. Electro-Acoustics 71-2
MUSC 129D. Electro-Acoustics 81-2
MUSC 130. Piano1-2
MUSC 130A. Piano 51-2
MUSC 130B. Piano 61-2
MUSC 130C. Piano 71-2
MUSC 130D. Piano 81-2
MUSC 131. Keyboard1-2
MUSC 131A. Harpsichord or Organ 51-2
MUSC 131B. Harpsichord or Organ 61-2
MUSC 131C. Harpsichord or Organ 71-2
MUSC 131D. Harpsichord or Organ 81-2
MUSC 133. Voice1-2
MUSC 133A. Voice 51-2
MUSC 133B. Voice 61-2
MUSC 133C. Voice 71-2
MUSC 133D. Voice 81-2
MUSC 134. Strings1-2
MUSC 134A. Strings 51-2
MUSC 134B. Strings 61-2
MUSC 134C. Strings 71-2
MUSC 134D. Strings 81-2
MUSC 135. Woodwinds1-2
MUSC 135A. Woodwinds 51-2
MUSC 135B. Woodwinds 61-2
MUSC 135C. Woodwinds 71-2
MUSC 135D. Woodwinds 81-2
MUSC 136. Brass1-2
MUSC 136B. Brass 51-2
MUSC 136C. Brass 61-2
MUSC 136D. Brass 71-2
MUSC 136E. Brass 81-2
MUSC 137. Percussion1-2
MUSC 137A. Percussion 51-2
MUSC 137B. Percussion 61-2
MUSC 137C. Percussion 71-2
MUSC 137D. Percussion 81-2
MUSC 139A. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 51-2
MUSC 139B. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 61-2
MUSC 139C. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 71-2
MUSC 139D. Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 81-2
Chamber Music
Maximum of two units can be counted towards major
MUSC 060A. ENS: Choraliers1
MUSC 060D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 060F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 060H. ENS: Percussion Ensemble1
MUSC 060J. ENS: String Ensemble1
MUSC 060K. ENS: Brass Ensemble1
MUSC 060L. ENS: Woodwind Ensemble1
MUSC 060M. ENS: Saxophone Ensemble1
MUSC 060O. ENS: Trombone Ensemble1
MUSC 160A. ENS: Choraliers1
MUSC 160D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 160F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 160H. ENS: Percussion Ensemble1
MUSC 160J. ENS: String Ensemble1
MUSC 160K. ENS: Brass Ensemble1
MUSC 160L. Woodwind Ensemble1
MUSC 160M. ENS: Saxophone Ensemble1
MUSC 160O. Trombone Ensemble1
Ensembles
Maximum of four units. Ensembles required as co-requisite for those receiving applied lessons.
MUSC 050A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 051. ENS: University Chorales1
MUSC 053. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 054. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 055. ENS: Wind Ensemble1
MUSC 057. ENS: Jazz Orchestra1
MUSC 059. ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 060F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 060I. ENS: Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 150A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 153. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 154. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 155. Wind Ensemble1
MUSC 157. ENS: Jazz Orchestra1
MUSC 159. ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 160F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 160I. ENS: Jazz Ensemble1
University Electives or Minor23
All university electives must be taken outside of music.

Total Units:120