ADMISSION STANDARDS

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Admission to the Music Major

Students seeking the BA degree in Music must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University. The Department also requires an entry audition and oneletter of reference from a qualified teacher who can attest to your musical interests and accomplishments, and your academic record. The letter should be sent to the prospective studio teacher. Students should contact the appropriate studio teacher for specific information regarding audition requirements and an audition appointment.

To determine appropriate placement in music classes, new students (including transfer students) must audition with the appropriate studio teacher and take the diagnostic examination in music theory and aural skills. The examination is administered during the first week of classes each semester. Transfer students coming from institutions with which Fresno State has articulation agreements may be exempted from all or part of the diagnostic tests.

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Advance Placement Examination in Music Theory

Students who earned a non-aural theory sub-score grade of 3 on the Advanced Placement Examination receive 3 units of credit for Music 40. Students who earned a non-aural theory sub-score grade of 4 or higher on the AP Examination receive 3 units of credit for Music 40 and 3 units of credit for Music 41.

Students who earned an aural theory sub-score grade of 3 on the AP Examination will receive 1 unit of credit for Music 1A. Students who earned an aural theory sub-score grade of four or higher on the AP Examination receive one unit of credit for Music 1A and one unit of credit for Music 1B.

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Music as a Liberal Art

Upon acceptance into the program, all students (including transfer students) are automatically enrolled in the Music as a Liberal Art option, the Department's general music curriculum. Students who wish to earn their BA degree in the Music as a Liberal Art option must pass the Jury I on their declared performing medium with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the fourth semester of residence.

Those who wish to pursue options in music performance, composition, or music education must complete an application and meet the standards for those options.

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Performance and Composition

Students must satisfy the following for conversion from the MLA option to the performance (instrumental, vocal and jazz) and composition options. Please note that these are the Department's minimum requirements. Individual studio instructors may have additional requirements.

  • Successful completion of Jury I during first academic year in residence, with a grade of "B" or better
  • Successful completion of the following music core courses (with a grade of "C" or better or CR):
  • Music 1A & 1B (aural skills - all performance options)
  • Music 4A & 4B (piano proficiency classes - all performance options)
  • Music 14 (piano students only)
  • Music 31-35, 39, 48 (applied lessons - specific to option)
  • Music 40 & 41 (theory - all performance options)
  • Music 47 (composition students only)
  • Compliance with all other Departmental policies and requirements ( ensemble participation, Music 20, etc.)
  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5
  • Signed approval or letter of recommendation from the studio teacher

Students who do not meet these requirements during the first year in residence may reapply, provided they demonstrate rapid progress to their studio teacher in the area(s) of their initial deficiencies within two semesters.

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Music Education

Students must satisfy the following requirements for admission to the music education option:

Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 ( NOTE: The candidate shall have obtained a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate (sic) coursework or a grade point average of at least a 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted.)

  • Successful completion (with a grade of "C" or better or CR) in the following music core courses:
  • Music 1A & 1B (aural skills)
  • Music 4A & 4B (piano proficiency classes)
  • Music 31-35, 39 (applied lessons)
  • Music 40 & 41 (theory)
  • Music 50
  • Successful completion of Jury I with grade of "C" or better during first year of residence
  • Compliance with other Departmental policies and requirements, (ensemble participation, Music 20, etc.)

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