Music – UCSC Majors

Music – UCSC Majors


welcome to the music department at UCSC
this department is unique in that it combines multiple aspects of the music
world including performance Theory history composition and literature this
means we have something to offer to virtually every student whether they
plan on majoring minoring or just taking classes for fun the music department at
UCSC also supports an unusually diverse curriculum for a department of its size
allowing students to choose a variety of electives to increase understanding of
musicianship beyond the basic core courses required for the majors and
minors the music department has two majors the Bachelor of Arts in Music BA
and the Bachelor of Music BM while both degrees require students to take many of
the same core theory and history courses along with individual lessons and
performing ensembles the BA degree allows for more upper division electives
while the BM degree focuses on a higher standard of performance musicianship
culminating in a senior recital here are the degree requirements for both of the
majors please note that most of the core theory and history courses for the majors
will focus heavily on classical theory technique and performance once you begin
taking electives the subjects and materials become more diverse both of
the majors have a performance requirement component meaning you must
be at least at an intermediate level in classical performance and technique on
one of the following instruments when entering the major
the one exception is drumset which incorporates study of more contemporary
styles such as jazz we do not teach electric guitar electric bass jazz piano
or jazz pop voice you are however able to participate in ensembles that include
these instruments this performance requirement takes the form of private
lessons on your instrument as well as participation in one or more of our
ensembles BA students are required to take at least six quarters of individual
lessons and ensembles while BM students are required to take twelve quarters of
lessons and ensembles please note that to fulfill the ensemble requirement you
must participate in an ensemble relevant to your instrument for example a
violinist can use Orchestra to fulfill the requirement but not concert choir
the one exception is piano students who due to limited ensemble opportunities
can enroll in other types of ensembles in order to fulfill the requirement
please take a look at the handout to see a partial list of ensembles that we
offer enrollment and ensembles is open to all students on campus and auditions
are usually done in Fall Quarter or on an individual basis here are sample
academic plans for the BA and BM degrees most students will start the music
program by taking lessons and ensembles their freshman year and if they do not
have a background on music theory music 15 in spring the second year will
include taking the 30 series our core music theory series along with the 101
series our Western music history series note that students must pass the
replacement exam offered every fall in order to enroll in music 30 a the 30
series is a very time intensive course as it incorporates ear training labs
keyboard skills labs and musicianship labs in addition to the basic theory
lectures it is recommended that you not take upper division classes from other
subjects while enrolled on the thirty series starting in your third year the
options open up giving you a variety of elective courses to take on Theory
history composition orchestration improvisation and more performance
juries are also required for all majors these consist of performing two or three
selected works chosen by you and your instruments director for a panel of
music faculty the Advisory jury taken during music 30a is meant to gauge your
current skill level and provide feedback a proficiency jury taken during music
130 is meant to assess your readiness in the context of the department graduation
guidelines in order to graduate you must pass your proficiency jury with an upper
intermediate score or above while the music major is fun and engaging
it is not easy while most students and other disciplines will take 15 credits
on average per quarter it is normal for music majors to take more than 20
accounting for lessons and ensembles we have three minors within the
department the electronic music or EM minor the music minor and the jazz minor
all of the minors can be taken as a complement to any major from any
department on campus for example it could be a literature major and a music
minor or a film major and an electronic music minor the EM minor focuses on
teaching students the art of making music using the tools of modern
technology students will learn about analog synthesis master DAWs learn
recording techniques and more the EM minor is a good complement to a music
major as well as other technology-based programs such as film and digital media
computer science and game design the EM minor is highly competitive only
twenty-five students are accepted each year since all students will receive up
to eight hours per week of individual recording studio time once students have
taken the prerequisite courses music 15 and music 80C they can apply online via
the music department website or during the final period of music 80C note that
students are encouraged to take music 11 before they apply but not required a
good application will include the following things a statement of purpose
as to why you want to take the minor how the minor will benefit your career a
list of classes already taken towards the minor which conclude music
technology classes taken at other schools and a portfolio is helpful but
not required notification of acceptance into the
program will go out during the break before winter quarter starting the
winter quarter you will enroll in music 123 to begin the studio series the music
minor is a good option for students who want to improve their overall
musicianship but cannot pursue the full BA or BM degrees for whatever reason
students who complete the music minor will need to take music 11 lessons
ensembles and the music 30 series along with all subsequent labs as well as one
upper division elective of their choosing from the 101 or 180 series all
lesson and ensemble requirements are practically identical to the majors but
music minors are not required to participate in the jury performances jazz minor teaches students both jazz
and classical theory improvisation and analysis skills and offers guided
performance opportunities in a jazz setting the jazz minor courses have many
prerequisites and not all courses are offered every year so it is recommended
to start this major as soon as possible meeting with me to ensure you are able
to fit the classes into your schedule if you are considering a credit heavy
major like biochemistry or computer science please consider that the jazz
minor is almost as credit heavy as some majors on campus before deciding to do
the minor try out a few of the entry-level courses like music 11 B 15
or the jazz ensembles to see if it’s something you want to pursue full time
you can also meet with professor Carlton Hester the head of the jazz department
for advising to see if this minor is right for you

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