THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 50-67 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 30 units

14 courses required:
MUSC101Theory I3.0FA
Prerequisites: Knowledge of the fundamentals of music and its notation to be determined by diagnostic exam. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 103. Required for majors, recommended for minors: keyboard proficiency or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 105.
MUSC102Theory II3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 with a minimum grade of C-. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 104. Required for majors, recommended for minors: keyboard proficiency or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 106.
MUSC103Aural Musicianship1.0FA
Prerequisites: To be taken concurrently with MUSC 101.
MUSC104Aural Musicianship1.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 103 with a minimum grade of C-. To be taken concurrently with MUSC 102.
MUSC105Beginning Piano1.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC106Beginning Piano1.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 105 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
MUSC107Listening with Understanding1.0FA
MUSC108Computer Lit for Musicians1.0FS
MUSC201Theory III3.0FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 102 with a minimum grade of C-.
MUSC202Theory IV3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 201 with a minimum grade of C-.
MUSC203Music History (Antiquity-1750)3.0FA
MUSC302Music History (1750-1900)3.0SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
MUSC303Music Hist (1900-the Present)3.0FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 202, MUSC 302, and faculty permission.
MUSC304Music From a Global Perspec3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 102.

Major Option Course Requirements: 20-37 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN GENERAL MUSIC: 20 units

1 course selected from:
MUSC291American Music3.0FS *
MUSC293History of Jazz3.0SP
MUSC294History of Rock and Roll3.0FS
MUSC296African American Music3.0FS *Eth
6 units selected from:
MUSC176Jazz Improvisation1.0FS
Prerequisites: A basic technique and facility on any band, orchestral, or show band instrument. Must be able to read music with some knowledge of scale-chord relationship.
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC360Studies Instrumentatn/Arrangng3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201.
MUSC361Composition3.0FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC463Band Scoring2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC464Jazz Arranging2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.
MUSC465Songwriting3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.
1 course selected from:
MUSC109Intro to Music Technology3.0FA
MUSC309Music Industry3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher. 2 units selected from:
MUSC110Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC310Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq
6 units selected from:

Any Music (MUSC) course offerings except MUSC 190 selected in consultation with an adviser.

Studio instruction is available to students in the Option in General Music who can qualify by audition.

THE OPTION IN MUSIC COMPOSITION: 36 units

11 courses required:
MUSC109Intro to Music Technology3.0FA
MUSC241Fundamentals of Digital Audio3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 109, faculty permission.
MUSC266Intermediate Piano1.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 106 or faculty permission.
MUSC316Recital1.0FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 110, MUSC 310, or MUSC 462, faculty permission.
MUSC342Comp with Electronic Media3.0FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 109, MUSC 241, faculty permission.
MUSC343Comp with Electronic Media3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 342 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
MUSC360Studies Instrumentatn/Arrangng3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201.
MUSC361Composition3.0FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC362Composition3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC461Composition3.0FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC462Composition3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission. 4 units required:
MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq

NOTE: Pep Band is not acceptable for MUSC 111 and MUSC 411.

3 units selected from:
MUSC110Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC267Advanced Piano1.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 266 or faculty permission.
MUSC310Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC442Comp with Electronic Media3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 343 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
MUSC463Band Scoring2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC464Jazz Arranging2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.
MUSC465Songwriting3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.

NOTE on MUSC 110 and MUSC 310: if Keyboard is your major instrument, select another applied area for study.

THE OPTION IN MUSIC EDUCATION: 36-37 units

This option satisfies the requirements for the single subject credential in music.

6 units required:

At least 2 units must be at the 310 level.

MUSC110Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC310Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.

MUSC 110 and MUSC 310 may be repeated for credit.

4 units selected from:

These courses may be repeated for credit. See No. 4 under "Special Music Requirements."

MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
1 course selected from:
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
1 course selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in Music Education.

MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq
7 courses required:
MUSC220Foundations of Music Education3.0F1
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 or faculty permission.
MUSC221Elem General Music Methods3.0S2
Prerequisites: MUSC 220 or faculty permission.
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC316Recital1.0FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 110, MUSC 310, or MUSC 462, faculty permission.
MUSC324Middle/Jr High Voc Ensem Tech2.0S1
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 202, MUSC 220, MUSC 221, and MUSC 222.
MUSC325School Instrumental Ensemble2.0F2
MUSC420Synthesis School Music Tech2.0SP
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 221, MUSC 324, MUSC 325, MUSC 331, MUSC 332, MUSC 333, MUSC 334, MUSC 335, MUSC 336. Also, completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 322 or MUSC 323, faculty permission. 5 courses selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in Music Education.

MUSC331Schl Instrmntl Tech: Woodwinds1.0F1
MUSC332School Instrmntl Tech: Brass1.0F2
MUSC333School Instrmntl Tech: Strings1.0S1
MUSC334Schl Instrmntl Tech: Percuss1.0S2
MUSC335Schl Instrmntl Tech:Class Inst1.0S2
MUSC336Schol Instrmntl Tech: Keyboard1.0FA
1 course selected from:
MUSC322Advanced Choral Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
MUSC323Adv Instrumental Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
1 course selected from:
MUSC109Intro to Music Technology3.0FA
MUSC309Music Industry3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
MUSC296African American Music3.0FS *Eth
MUSC322Advanced Choral Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
MUSC463Band Scoring2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC464Jazz Arranging2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.

THE OPTION IN PERFORMANCE: 30-32 units

8 units required:

At least 4 units must be at the 310 level.

MUSC110Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC310Studio Instruction Appl Music1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.

MUSC 110 and MUSC 310 may be repeated for credit. See No. 4 under "Special Music Requirements."

2 courses required:
MUSC316Recital1.0FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 110, MUSC 310, or MUSC 462, faculty permission.
MUSC416Senior Recital2.0FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 310, faculty permission.

Advising Pattern Course Requirements: 19-21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required depending upon the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following advising patterns for completion of the major course requirements.

To complete the Option in Performance, students choose one of the following patterns.

The Instrumental Pattern: 20 units

4 units selected from:
MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit.

2 units selected from:
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit.

2 units selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in the Instrumental Pattern.

MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit.

1 course selected from:
MUSC109Intro to Music Technology3.0FA
MUSC309Music Industry3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
MUSC218Introduction to MIDI3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 and faculty permission.
MUSC353Music/Arts Administration3.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 309 or faculty permission. 9 units selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in the Instrumental Pattern.

MUSC176Jazz Improvisation1.0FS
Prerequisites: A basic technique and facility on any band, orchestral, or show band instrument. Must be able to read music with some knowledge of scale-chord relationship.
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC280Introduction to Accompanying1.0FA
Prerequisites: Moderate piano and sight reading skills; audition or faculty permission required.
MUSC291American Music3.0FS *
MUSC293History of Jazz3.0SP
MUSC296African American Music3.0FS *Eth
MUSC317Studio Class1.0FS
MUSC360Studies Instrumentatn/Arrangng3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201.
MUSC370Sem Mus Hist & Lit: Instrumtl3.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC463Band Scoring2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
MUSC464Jazz Arranging2.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.

The Keyboard Pattern: 19-21 units

3 courses required:
MUSC280Introduction to Accompanying1.0FA
Prerequisites: Moderate piano and sight reading skills; audition or faculty permission required.
MUSC380Vocal Accompanying Repertoire1.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC381Adv Accompanying Techniques1.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission. 3 units selected from:
MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit. See No. 4 under "Special Music Requirements."

4 units required:
MUSC317Studio Class1.0FS

This course may be repeated for credit.

3 courses required:
MUSC277Keyboard Pedagogy2.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC310CStudio Instruction: Piano1.0FS
MUSC371Sem Mus Hist & Lit: Keyboard3.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
1 course selected from:
MUSC278Keyboard Pedagogy2.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC383Serv Playing Church Organist2.0Inq
Prerequisites: Studio instruction in organ or faculty permission.
1 course selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in the Keyboard Pattern.

MUSC176Jazz Improvisation1.0FS
Prerequisites: A basic technique and facility on any band, orchestral, or show band instrument. Must be able to read music with some knowledge of scale-chord relationship.
MUSC309Music Industry3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
MUSC218Introduction to MIDI3.0FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 and faculty permission.
MUSC377Keyboard Pedagogy Project2.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC383Serv Playing Church Organist2.0Inq
Prerequisites: Studio instruction in organ or faculty permission.

The Vocal Pattern: 19-21 units

2 units selected from:
MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit. See No 4 under "Special Music Requirements."

2 units selected from:
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit.

2 units selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in the Vocal Pattern.

MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC112Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq

These courses may be repeated for credit.

4 courses required:
MUSC372Sem in Mus Hist & Lit: Vocal3.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC373Vocal Diction and Literature3.0FA
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC374Vocal Diction and Literature3.0SP
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC375Vocal Pedagogy3.0FS
1 course selected from:

Select courses in consultation with the adviser in the Vocal Pattern.

MUSC309Music Industry3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC280Introduction to Accompanying1.0FA
Prerequisites: Moderate piano and sight reading skills; audition or faculty permission required.
MUSC310CStudio Instruction: Piano1.0FS
MUSC380Vocal Accompanying Repertoire1.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Students in the Vocal Pattern are strongly encouraged to take at least two semesters of French, Italian, or German.

THE OPTION IN PIANO ACCOMPANYING: 31 units

4 units required:
MUSC110CStudio Instruction: Piano1.0FS
4 units required:
MUSC310CStudio Instruction: Piano1.0FS
5 units required:
MUSC111Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC113Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq

All of the courses above may be repeated for credit. See No. 4 under "Special Music Requirements" below.

6 courses required:
MUSC280Introduction to Accompanying1.0FA
Prerequisites: Moderate piano and sight reading skills; audition or faculty permission required.
MUSC373Vocal Diction and Literature3.0FA
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC374Vocal Diction and Literature3.0SP
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC380Vocal Accompanying Repertoire1.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC381Adv Accompanying Techniques1.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC416Senior Recital2.0FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 310, faculty permission. 2 courses selected from:
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC322Advanced Choral Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
MUSC323Adv Instrumental Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission. 3 units selected from:
MUSC112KMixed Ensembles1.0FS
MUSC176Jazz Improvisation1.0FS
Prerequisites: A basic technique and facility on any band, orchestral, or show band instrument. Must be able to read music with some knowledge of scale-chord relationship.
MUSC222Fundamentals of Conducting2.0FA
MUSC277Keyboard Pedagogy2.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC322Advanced Choral Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
MUSC323Adv Instrumental Conducting2.0SP
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
MUSC382Adv Functional Keyboard Studie1.0Inq
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC383Serv Playing Church Organist2.0Inq
Prerequisites: Studio instruction in organ or faculty permission.
MUSC412KMixed Ensembles1.0FS

NOTE: With the permission of the adviser, these elective units may be replaced with additional units in the following:

MUSC278Keyboard Pedagogy2.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC310CStudio Instruction: Piano1.0FS
MUSC380Vocal Accompanying Repertoire1.0FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC381Adv Accompanying Techniques1.0SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
MUSC411Large Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC412Small Ensembles1.0Inq
MUSC413Vocal Performance1.0Inq
MUSC611Large Ensemble1.0Inq
MUSC612Small Ensemble1.0Inq
MUSC613Vocal Performance1.0Inq

Special Music Requirements:

1. Advising is required each semester for all Music students. 2. All entering Music majors, freshmen, and transfer students, must take the diagnostic examination in theory and ear training to determine placement. 3. Before gaining acceptance as a Music major, each student (including transfer students) must be interviewed and/or auditioned by an appropriate faculty committee. Consult with the Music Department office for details. A Music major wishing to change option or emphasis must also be interviewed and/or auditioned by an appropriate faculty committee. 4. Students must participate in at least one ensemble using their performing medium when enrolled in Studio Instruction. Ensembles are chosen in consultation with the option adviser. Substitutions may be made with departmental approval. Consult the option adviser or the Music Department office for details. 5. Before gaining admittance to upper-division status in Studio Instruction, students must demonstrate appropriate competence in their major performing medium before a faculty committee. Standards are available in the Music Department office.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

For those courses taken for a letter grade, students must earn a grade of C- or better.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.