Undergraduate Program

The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts in music within the context of a liberal-arts curriculum. Students acquire practical knowledge of music performance and composition through individual study as well as participation in one or more of the department’s several ensembles. Development of the student’s vocal and/or instrumental technique is enhanced by the study of musicianship, theory, and history, which impart a deeper understanding of the structure of music and the cultural forces that shape it. The Major offers three curricular tracks, among which students may choose a concentration:

1. Music - General
2. Music - Composition
3. Music - Performance

The major requirements for the B.A. degree in Music are as follows:

1. Lower-division requirements (6-31 units)

a) MUS 030A, MUS 030B, MUS 030C (12 units or proficiency)

b) MUS 031A, MUS 031B, MUS 031C (6 units or proficiency)

c) MUS 080P (1 unit and piano proficiency)

d) Participation in a major ensemble each quarter: MUS 160, MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 163, MUS 164, MUS 165, MUS 166 (E-Z), MUS 168, MUS 169, MUS 170, MUS 171, MUS 172, MUS 174, MUS 175A, MUS 175B, MUS 176, MUS 177 (6-12 units)

2. Upper-division requirements (30-39 units)

a) MUS 112A, MUS 112B, MUS 112C (12 units)

b) MUS 130A, MUS 130B (8 units)

c) MUS 131A, MUS 131B, MUS 131C (3 units or proficiency)

d) MUS 138 (4 units)

e) Participation in a major ensemble each quarter: MUS 160, MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 163, MUS 164, MUS 165, MUS 166 (E-Z), MUS 168, MUS 169, MUS 170, MUS 171, MUS 172, MUS 174, MUS 175A, MUS 175B, MUS 176, MUS 177 (6-12 units)

3. Upper-division track requirements: choose from one of the following tracks

a) Music – General (24 units)

24 units from the following:
MUS 113, MUS 114, MUS 115, MUS 116, MUS 117, MUS 118, MUS 119, MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 123, MUS 124, MUS 125, MUS 126, MUS 127, MUS 128, MUS 133, MUS 134, MUS 135, MUS 136, MUS 137, MUS 139, MUS 140, MUS 145A, MUS 145B, MUS 146, MUS 150A, MUS 150B, MUS 150C, MUS 150D, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 153, MUS 154 (E-Z), MUS 155 (E-Z), MUS 180 (E-Z), MUS 181 (E-Z), MUS 187, MUS 191 (E-Z) (no more than 6 units)

b) Music – Composition (24 units)

(1)  12 units from the following:
MUS 133, MUS 134, MUS 135, MUS 136, MUS 137, MUS 139, MUS 145A, MUS 145B, MUS 147

(2)  12 units from the following:
MUS 113, MUS 114, MUS 115, MUS 116, MUS 117, MUS 118, MUS 119, MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 123, MUS 124, MUS 125, MUS 126, MUS 127, MUS 128, MUS 140, MUS 146, MUS 150A, MUS 150B, MUS 150C, MUS 150D, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 153, MUS 154 (E-Z), MUS 155 (E-Z), MUS 180 (E-Z), MUS 181 (E-Z), MUS 187, MUS 191 (E-Z) (no more than 6 units)

c) Music – Performance (25-26 units)

(1)  12 units from the following: MUS 180 (E-Z), MUS 181 (E-Z)

(2)  12 units from the following: MUS 113, MUS 114, MUS 115, MUS 116, MUS 117, MUS 118, MUS 119, MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 123, MUS 124, MUS 125, MUS 126, MUS 127, MUS 128, MUS 133, MUS 134, MUS 135, MUS 136, MUS 137, MUS 139, MUS 140, MUS 145A, MUS 145B, MUS 146, MUS 150A, MUS 150B, MUS 150C, MUS 150D, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 153, MUS 154 (E-Z), MUS 155 (E-Z), MUS 187, MUS 191 (E-Z).

(3) MUS 167 (1 or 2 units)

Note Students seeking a teaching credential are advised to take MUS 133, MUS 150A, MUS 150B, MUS 150C, MUS 150D, MUS 151, and MUS 152. Consult the Graduate School of Education for credential requirements.

Examinations and Auditions The ability to play simple piano music is required of all majors. Students lacking keyboard proficiency when the major is declared must enroll in MUS 080P to prepare them for the proficiency examination. This examination should be passed by the junior year. Consult the department for examination requirements.

All students intending to enroll in MUS 030A must take a music theory diagnostic examination, which is given at the beginning of instruction.

MUS 031A, MUS 031B, and MUS 031C are taken until proficiency for admission to MUS 131A is achieved. The completion of MUS 131A, MUS 131B, and MUS 131C is required for graduation.

All students normally participate in a major ensemble each quarter. Admission to any ensemble course is by consent of instructor. All students intending to participate in an ensemble course must audition during registration.

Fees An additional course fee will be charged at the time of registration for the following courses: MUS 080 (E-Z) - $250 for ten half-hour lessons per quarter, MUS 081 (E-Z) - $250 for ten half-hour lessons per quarter, MUS 180 (E-Z) - $500 for ten one hour lessons per quarter, and MUS 181 (E-Z) - $500 for ten one hour lessons per quarter. A limited number of scholarships will be made available.

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The Music and Culture major offers a predominantly scholarly and critical approach to music as culture from the perspective of research, criticism, and interpretation, with an emphasis on historical and ethnographic approaches. It is oriented primarily toward understanding music as a culturally expressive form. Courses in music and/or dance performance are required but are positioned more broadly within the major as a means to explore interrelationships between music and other forms of performance.

All majors must enroll in at least one music ensemble each quarter. However, students may enroll in DNCE 067A through DNCE 075B instead of, or in addition to, any of the music ensemble courses.

In addition, the major requirements for the B.A. degree in Music and Culture are as follows:

1. Lower-division requirements (26–30 units)

a) MUS 010

b) MUS 030A and 031A

c) MUS 006, MUS 008, MUS 014

d) MUS 002, MUS 003, MUS 005, MUS 007, MUS 009, MUS 013, MUS 015, MUS 016, MUS 017, MUS 018 or MUS 020

e) ANTH 001, SOC 001, DNCE 005 or DNCE 007

2. Participation in Major Ensemble (6–12 units)

MUS 160, MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 163, MUS 164, MUS 165, MUS 166 (E---Z),
MUS 168, MUS 169, MUS 170, MUS 171, MUS 172, MUS 174, MUS 175A, MUS 175B, MUS 176, and MUS 177
Students may enroll in DNCE 067A through DNCE 075B instead of, or in addition to, any of the MUS Ensemble courses.

3. Upper-division requirements (59 units)

a) Music courses (39–49 units)

(1) Western Music History: MUS 112A, MUS 112B, MUS 112C, MUS 114, MUS 116, MUS 117, MUS 136, MUS 191 (E-Z)

(2) Ethnomusicology: MUS 113, MUS 117, MUS 118, MUS 120, MUS 122, MUS 123, MUS 124/AST 124, MUS 126/ANTH 177/WMST 126,MUS 127/ANTH 176/AST 127/DNCE 127/ETST 172, MUS 128/ANTH 128/AST 128/DNCE 128/THEA 176, MUS 140/HISA 139, MUS 153

(3) Individual Study: MUS 190, MUS 194, MUS 195, MUS 199H

b) Other upper-division courses (12–24 units)

(1) Dance History (4–8 units): DNCE 130/ANTH 130, DNCE 141, DNCE 142, DNCE 171 (E---Z),
DNCE 172 (E---Z), DNCE 173 (E---Z)
(2) Anthropology or Sociology (4–8 units)
(3) English or Media and Cultural Studies (4–8 units)
(4) Other courses in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Arts
With advisor’s permission and/or petition to the chair.

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The minor in Music is designed for students who wish to continue their musical studies while pursuing another major. Within the required 24 upper-division units, the minor provides basic skills in music theory and first- level studies in music history and literature while still offering modest flexibility to pursue individual interests.

1. Lower-division preparation: (16 units)

a) MUS 001 or equivalent

b) MUS 030A, MUS 030B, MUS 030C

2. Upper-division requirements (24 units)

a)  Eight (8) units from MUS 112A, MUS 112B, MUS 112C

b)  Twelve (12) units selected from: MUS 113, MUS 114, MUS 115, MUS 116, MUS 117, MUS 118, MUS 119, MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 123, MUS 124, MUS 125, MUS 126, MUS 127, MUS 128, MUS 130A, MUS 130B, MUS 133, MUS 134, MUS 135, MUS 136, MUS 137, MUS 138, MUS 139, MUS 140, MUS 145A, MUS 145B, MUS 146, MUS 150A, MUS 150B, MUS 150C, MUS 150D, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 153, MUS 154 (E-Z), MUS 155 (E-Z), MUS 180 (E-Z), MUS 181 (E-Z), MUS 187, MUS 191 (E-Z) (no more than 6 units)

c)  Four (4) additional units in ensemble performance: MUS 160, MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 163, MUS 164, MUS 165, MUS 166, MUS 168, MUS 169, MUS 170, MUS 171, MUS 172, MUS 174, MUS 175A, MUS 175B, MUS 176, MUS 177

As a freshman or sophomore, the student should complete MUS 030A, MUS 030B, MUS 030C (Harmony). This is a prerequisite for all later studies in the minor. Harmony has a prerequisite of MUS 001 (Introduction to Basic Musical Concepts) or the equivalent.

Two required courses from MUS 112A, MUS 112B, MUS 112C should be completed following MUS 030A, MUS 030B, MUS 030C and not later than the junior year.

See Minors under the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in the Colleges and Programs section of this catalog for additional information on minors.

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The EAP is an excellent opportunity to travel and learn more about another country and its culture while taking courses to earn units toward graduation. Students should plan study abroad well in advance to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program at UCR. Consult the departmental student affairs officer for assistance. For further details, visit UCR’s Off Campus Academic Experiences at eapoap.ucr.edu or call (951) 827-2508.

See Education Abroad Program in the Educational Opportunities section of this catalog. A list of participating countries is found under Education Abroad Program in the Programs and Courses section. Search for programs by specific areas at eap.ucop.edu/OurPrograms.