The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) degree program provides pre-professional training in music performance and is designed for students who aspire to work as professional musicians. The B.Mus. program offers students the opportunity in their junior and senior years to specialize in piano performance, vocal performance, instrumental performance (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, and harp), jazz studies (piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, and percussion), and guitar and lute performance. Students in this program receive weekly private instrumental or vocal instruction, and present a public solo recital during their senior year.
Admission to the B.Mus. degree program is by a second audition (the B.Mus. audition), typically taken in the spring quarter of the second year (for most students) or, in certain circumstances, in the first year (for third-year transfers only). The B.Mus. audition is evaluated by at least two members of the faculty. No student will be allowed to begin the B.Mus. program before having completed MUSIC 15A , MUSIC 15B , MUSIC 15C and MUSIC 16A , MUSIC 16B , MUSIC 16C (or their equivalents at another institution).
|In addition to completing the common curriculum, students in the B.Mus. program must pass the departmental piano proficiency examination, perform a senior recital (and, for voice students only, a junior recital), and complete the following course requirements:|
|A. Select three courses in Theory, Composition, and Technology from the following:|
and select two others from the following:
|Music Technology and Computers|
|Studies in Music Technology|
|Computer Music Composition|
|Interactive Arts Programming|
|Advanced Study in Composition|
|Jazz Composition I|
|Jazz Composition II|
|Jazz Composition III|
|Accompanying for Plucked Strings: Continuo and Changes|
|B. Select three courses in Music and Culture from the following:|
|Topics in African American Music|
|Topics in Expressive Forms|
|Music and Gender|
|Classical Music in Society|
|History of Film Music|
|Introductory Topics in Music and Culture|
|MAHUR-Pish Radif: Introduction to Classical Persian Music|
|HOMAYUN-Pish Radif: Introduction to Classical Persian Music|
|SHUR-Pish Radif: Introduction to Classical Persian Music|
|Topics in Medieval Music|
|Topics in Renaissance Music|
|Topics in Baroque Music|
|Topics in Classical Music|
|Topics in Romantic Music|
|Topics in 20th Century Music|
|Studies in Jazz Music|
|Studies in Ethnomusicology|
|Studies in Music History|
|C. Select six quarters of instrumental or vocal instruction for Music Performance majors from the following:|
|D. Completion of the following courses according to the approved Bachelor of Music specialization:|
|Guitar and Lute:|
|Chamber Ensembles (every quarter in residence)|
|History of Jazz|
|University Orchestra (or MUSIC 161 Wind Ensemble or MUSIC 178 Jazz Orchestra, every quarter in residence)|
|Chamber Ensembles (or MUSIC 182 Advanced Jazz Combo, every quarter in residence)|
|Chamber Ensembles (six quarters, as assigned by the Department)|
Select three quarters of the following as assigned by the Department:
|University Chorus: Accompanying|
or MUSIC 164P
|Opera Workshop: Accompanying|
or MUSIC 166P
or MUSIC 197
|Word and Music|
Transfer students must complete six quarters of chamber ensembles and/or accompanying in residence.
|Opera Workshop (two quarters)|
Select nine quarters of choral ensembles (minimum of three quarters for junior transfers; minimum of six quarters for sophomore transfers) from the following:
|Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings:|
|University Orchestra (or MUSIC 161 Wind Ensemble, every quarter in residence)|
|Chamber Ensembles (every quarter in residence)|
NOTE: In order to cover the extra costs generated by private lesson instruction, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts charges a laboratory fee for students enrolled in such courses (MUSIC 65-70, MUSIC 165-170).
Departmental Honors Program in Music and Culture
The Honors Program in Music and Culture is designed to challenge superior students in the B.A. or B.Mus. program beyond the academic requirements of the Music major. It provides them with the opportunity to advance their knowledge in the scholarly fields of music while developing their writing, analytical, and research skills. The honors program is ideally suited for students who wish to study music at the graduate level, but not in performance, and who may be preparing for graduate work in arts criticism, the humanities, the social sciences, and the law.
Eligibility requirements are (1) completion of the core requirements for the major; (2) an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher; and (3) completion of the eligibility form (available for download through the Departmental website).
Admission to the Honors Program in Music and Culture is competitive. Students must apply no later than the spring quarter of their junior year. The application should be accompanied by two substantial writing samples. These may represent work done for courses at UCI. Only truly exceptional students may undertake Honors projects.
Students who are admitted to the Honors Program, regardless of whether they are in the B.A. or B.Mus. program, are required to complete three additional courses in categories 1 and 2 under Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree beyond those taken in fulfillment of the core requirement; all three must be upper-division courses (numbered 100 or higher). Relevant upper-division courses in other departments may be taken to fulfill this requirement by approval of the Department Honors Committee.
The capstone project is a senior thesis, an extended original research project prepared under the supervision of the faculty advisor on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with that advisor. The thesis topic must be approved by the Departmental Honors Committee prior to the end of the fall quarter of the senior year. Students develop their topic during an ensuing two-quarter sequence of Senior Thesis (MUSIC 195A-MUSIC 195B). Upon successful completion of the thesis, a single grade is applied for both quarters and 4 units (total) are posted to the student’s record (2 units each for and MUSIC 195B).