Bachelor of Music (Voice)

Units required for Major: 75-78, including units for concentration (see below)
Minimum total units required for BM: 120

Program Description

The fundamental purpose of the Sacramento State music curriculum is threefold:

  1. to promote excellence in all aspects of music performance and academic coursework,
  2. to provide basic preparation for careers in music, and
  3. 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Music degree program requires the recommendation of the student's major applied instructor, a 3.0 GPA in music courses, and approval of the applied area based upon a successful audition. Admission criteria and audition instructions may be obtained from the Music Department Office.

Each area of concentration has unique course requirements. Students interested in a BM degree should discuss the details of the program with a faculty advisor in the Music Department.

Grade "C-" or better required in all courses applied to the major.

General Requirements

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:

  1. declare his/her major performance medium (instrument or voice);
  2. perform an entering placement audition before the appropriate applied faculty; and
  3. 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.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (31 Units)
MUSC 1Musicianship I2
MUSC 2Musicianship II2
MUSC 3MIDI Sequencing and Notation2
MUSC 5Beginning Theory3
MUSC 6Intermediate Theory3
MUSC 7Advanced Theory3
MUSC 9Music In World Cultures3
MUSC 10ASurvey of Music Literature I3
MUSC 10BSurvey of Music Literature II3
MUSC 10CSurvey of Music Literature III3
MUSC 142 series course 14
Required Upper Division Core Courses (11 Units)
MUSC 10520th Century Theory3
MUSC 106Form and Analysis3
MUSC 110Research in Music History 3
MUSC 151Fundamentals of Conducting2
Additional Requirements for Concentrations (33-36 Units)
Select one of the following six areas of concentration:33 - 36
Jazz Studies
Music Education
Total Units75-78

Course must be repeated four times for a total of 4 units.

Concentration in Voice (36 units)

MUSC 14DBasic Piano for Majors1
MUSC 37 series course 38
MUSC 103Counterpoint3
MUSC 136ADiction For Singers3
MUSC 137 series course 38
MUSC 142 series course 44
MUSC 153Advanced Choral Conducting2
MUSC 172 series course 44
MUSC 175Junior Recital1
MUSC 185Senior Recital2
Total Units36

All BM voice majors, regardless of their unit load, shall be enrolled each semester in Applied Music for 2 units (until they have reached the maximum of 16 units), and in a Large Performance Ensemble until the Senior Recital is completed. Each music major is required to attend a minimum of 10 concerts and/or recitals each semester.


See faculty advisor.


Course must be repeated eight times for a total of 8 units.


Course must be repeated four times for a total of 4 units.