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BM - Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Performance

The Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Performance, is designed for students intending to pursue careers as professional singers or instrumentalists. In addition to the core music courses, the program includes weekly 60-minute private lessons and participation in large ensembles such as choirs, bands, symphony orchestra, and opera theater. Students also perform regularly as soloists and as chamber musicians, both in closed studio classes and in public recitals. In addition to their regular course of study, students are required to present both junior and senior recitals.

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. 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). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

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 Requirements36
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.
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 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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.
Preparation for the Major11-14
MUSC 001A. Music Systems IA2
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
MUSC 100W. Written Communication IIZ3
MUSC 120. Worlds of JazzS3
Students must also satisfy piano proficiency; this requirement may be satisfied with completion of MUSC 025A, MUSC 025B, and MUSC 025C0-3
Requirements of the Major70
Core Courses53
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 040A. Jazz Improvisation - I2
MUSC 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
MUSC 182. Senior Project1
Complete six units from:
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
Complete eight units from:
MUSC 030. Piano1-2
MUSC 030A. Piano 11-2
MUSC 030B. Piano 21-2
MUSC 030C. Piano 31-2
MUSC 030D. Piano 41-2
MUSC 031. Harpsichord or Organ1-2
MUSC 031A. Harpsichord or Organ 11-2
MUSC 031B. Harpsichord or Organ 21-2
MUSC 031C. Harpsichord or Organ 31-2
MUSC 031D. Harpsichord or Organ 41-2
MUSC 033. Voice1-2
MUSC 033A. Voice 11-2
MUSC 033B. Voice 21-2
MUSC 033C. Voice 31-2
MUSC 033D. Voice 41-2
MUSC 034. Strings1-2
MUSC 034A. Strings 11-2
MUSC 034B. Strings 21-2
MUSC 034C. Strings 31-2
MUSC 034D. Strings 41-2
MUSC 035. Woodwinds1-2
MUSC 035A. Woodwinds 11-2
MUSC 035B. Woodwinds 21-2
MUSC 035C. Woodwinds 31-2
MUSC 035D. Woodwinds 41-2
MUSC 036. Brass1-2
MUSC 036B. Brass 11-2
MUSC 036C. Brass 21-2
MUSC 036D. Brass 31-2
MUSC 036E. Brass 41-2
MUSC 037. Percussion1-2
MUSC 037A. Percussion 11-2
MUSC 037B. Percussion 21-2
MUSC 037C. Percussion 31-2
MUSC 037D. Percussion 41-2
Complete eight units from:
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
Complete four units from:
MUSC 050A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 052. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 053. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 054. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 055. ENS: Wind Ensemble1
Complete four units from:
MUSC 150A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 152. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 153. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 154. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 155. Wind Ensemble1
Applied Area17
Choose an area of specialization below. Area specializations are a cluster of courses departments use for advising purposes, they will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. See Advisor for more details.
Voice
Voice students must complete a language proficiency in either Italian or French. This may be satisfied with four years of secondary study, a proficiency exam, or one year of college study
MUSC 041A. Applied Lyric Diction1
MUSC 041B. Applied Lyric Diction1
MUSC 142. REP: Art Song Repertoire1
Students must take MUSC 142 twice for a total of 2 units.
MUSC 144. REP: Solo Lit., Performance, Pedagogy1
Students must take MUSC 144 two times for a total of 2 units.
MUSC 146. Introduction to Applied Music Pedagogy2
MUSC 147A. Beginning Conducting2
Complete seven units by advisement from:
FREN 001X. Elementary French Individualized1-5
ITAL 001X. Elementary Italian - Individualized Learning1-5
MUSC 052. ENS: Opera Theater2
MUSC 060A. ENS: Choraliers1
MUSC 060D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 061. REP: Styles and Interpretation of Opera I1
MUSC 063. REP:Styles and Interpretation of Opera II1
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 116. Aspects of Twentieth Century Music3
MUSC 124. Special Topics in Music History/Literature1-3
MUSC 147B. Advanced Conducting: Instrumental2
MUSC 147C. Advanced Conducting: Choral2
MUSC 152. ENS: Opera Theater1
MUSC 160A. ENS: Choraliers1
MUSC 160D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 161. REP: Styles and Interpretation of Opera I1
MUSC 163. REP: Styles and Interpretation of Opera II1-2
MUSC 180. Individual Studies1-2
MUSC 190A. Honors Project1
MUSC 190B. Honors Project2
Keyboard17
MUSC 144. REP: Solo Lit., Performance, Pedagogy1
Students must take MUSC 144 four times for a total of 4 units.
Junior and senior piano majors may use MUSC160C or MUSC143 as a substitution for the major ensemble requirement.
MUSC 145. REP: Performance Concepts2
Students must take MUSC 145 twice for a total of 4 units.
MUSC 146. Introduction to Applied Music Pedagogy2
MUSC 146A. Pedagogy - Piano2
MUSC 147A. Beginning Conducting2
Complete three units by advisement from:
MUSC 060C. ENS: Chamber Music1
MUSC 060D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 116. Aspects of Twentieth Century Music3
MUSC 124. Special Topics in Music History/Literature1-3
MUSC 143. REP: Collaborative Keyboard Performance1
MUSC 144. REP: Solo Lit., Performance, Pedagogy1
MUSC 145. REP: Performance Concepts2
MUSC 147B. Advanced Conducting: Instrumental2
MUSC 160C. ENS: Chamber Music1
MUSC 160D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 180. Individual Studies1-2
MUSC 190A. Honors Project1
MUSC 190B. Honors Project2
Symphonic Instrumental
MUSC 146. Introduction to Applied Music Pedagogy2
MUSC 147A. Beginning Conducting2
Complete six units by advisement from:
MUSC 060B. ENS: Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 060C. ENS: Chamber Music1
MUSC 060D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
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 160B. ENS: Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 160C. ENS: Chamber Music1
MUSC 160D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 160H. ENS: Percussion Ensemble1
MUSC 160J. ENS: String Ensemble1
MUSC 160K. ENS: Brass Ensemble1
MUSC 160L. Woodwind Ensemble1
MUSC 160M. ENS: Saxophone Ensemble1
Complete seven units by advisement from:
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 103. Form and Analysis3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 116. Aspects of Twentieth Century Music3
MUSC 117. Music and Culture in Latin AmericaV3
MUSC 124. Special Topics in Music History/Literature1-3
MUSC 140B. Jazz Improvisation-II2
MUSC 140C. Jazz Improvisation-III2
MUSC 147B. Advanced Conducting: Instrumental2
MUSC 147C. Advanced Conducting: Choral2
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 160C. ENS: Chamber Music1
MUSC 160D. ENS: Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 160F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUSC 160J. ENS: String Ensemble1
MUSC 160L. Woodwind Ensemble1
MUSC 160M. ENS: Saxophone Ensemble1
MUSC 160O. Trombone Ensemble1
MUSC 170A. Fundamentals of Sound Recording3
MUSC 180. Individual Studies1-2
MUSC 190A. Honors Project1
MUSC 190B. Honors Project2
University Electives0-3

Total Units:120