BA in Music
Units required for Major: 40
Minimum total units required for BA: 120
The fundamental purpose of the Sacramento State music curriculum is threefold:
- to promote excellence in all aspects of music performance and academic coursework,
- to provide basic preparation for careers in music, and
- to promote interest in all musical and artistic endeavors at the University and in the Sacramento community.
The main emphasis of the School of Music is upon performance. Sustaining this concept is the School's faculty, which remains committed to individual and ensemble performances as a means of enhancing the teaching quality of the institution and the cultural climate of the campus and community.
Students majoring in Music are not only expected to be technically proficient in the art but are required to have broad training in the liberal arts and sciences that are the core of the University's program.
Grade "C-" or better required in all courses applied to the major.
The following are required for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degree programs:
Performance Evaluation: Upon entering the music major, each student is required to:
- declare his/her major performance medium (instrument or voice);
- perform an entering placement audition before the appropriate applied faculty; and
- continue the development of his/her performance ability through regular study in accordance with Departmental requirements.
This development in performance is demonstrated at end-of-semester auditions before the applied music faculty. See applied music numbers for appropriate courses.
Soloist: Each student in the BA program of sophomore standing or above should appear as a soloist in at least one student recital or repertoire class each semester. Students in the BM program must do either a repertoire class performance or one student recital each semester.
Ensemble: As an ensemble experience, each student must participate in at least one large performing ensemble each semester. The following groups meet this requirement: symphonic band, concert band, marching band, opera workshop, orchestra, concert choir, or University chorus. Assignment to the performing ensemble(s) is to be made in consultation with the music major advisor and by audition. A MUSC 142 series course is the appropriate course in which to register.
Piano: All undergraduate students majoring in music must have basic facility in piano to graduate from the University. For students other than keyboard majors, completion of MUSC 14D meets this requirement.
Attendance/concerts-recitals: Each music major is required to attend a minimum of ten concerts and/or recitals each semester. Attendance is monitored electronically. Students may choose to earn academic credit for this requirement by enrolling in MUSC 100A as an elective.
Teacher Preparation: Teaching credential candidates must also complete the Professional Education Program in addition to the BM Music Education requirements. See the College of Education section of this catalog for admission procedures and consult the department credential advisor for details.
Marching Band: Wind and percussion majors who are credential candidates must include at least one semester of marching band (MUSC 142M) as their Large Performance Ensemble experience.
|Required Lower Division Courses (27 Units)|
|MUSC 5||Beginning Theory||3|
|MUSC 6||Intermediate Theory||3|
|MUSC 7||Advanced Theory||3|
|MUSC 9||Music In World Cultures||3|
|MUSC 10A||Survey of Music Literature I||3|
|or MUSC 10C||Survey of Music Literature III|
|MUSC 10B||Survey of Music Literature II||3|
|MUSC 14C||Basic Piano for Majors||1|
|MUSC 142 Series (a Large Performing Ensemble)||4|
|Select 4 units of Applied Music (lower division)||4|
|Additional Requirements for Concentration (13 Units)|
|Upper Division Performance Studies|
|Select 3 units from either applied study, large/small ensembles, rep classes or conducting||3|
|Upper Division Music History/Literature or Theory|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|20th Century Theory|
|Form and Analysis|
|Research in Music History |
MUSC 118 series (Music History)
MUSC 119 series (World Music)
|The American Musical Theater |
|American Society and Its Music |
|MUSC 184||Senior Seminar||1|