Music, Minor


Department of Music

Matthew Darling, Chair
Music Building, Room 134

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Music - Composition Option, B.A.
BA in Music - Vocal Performance Option, B.A.
BA in Music - Instrumental Performance Option, B.A.
BA in Music - Music as a Liberal Art Option, B.A.
BA in Music - Music Education Option, Choral/Vocal Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Music - Music Education Option, General Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Music - Music Education Option, Instrumental Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Music - Jazz Studies Option, B.A.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Music
MA in Music - Music Education Option, M.A.
MA in Music - Performance Option, M.A.
MN in Music, Minor

Courses Offered

A major in music is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching, performance, or music-related fields. It enhances their knowledge of the musical art and increases their sensitivity to the musical world around them.

The Department of Music provides the following:

  • undergraduate instruction in music for those planning professional careers as performers, composers, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees in performance and composition
  • state-approved subject matter preparation required for a California teaching credential in music
  • graduate education for students planning professional and academic careers or seeking professional growth as K-12 teachers or junior college instructors
  • broad acquaintance with music for the community and nonmusic major

Two degree programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music are offered: the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts.


The music building houses recital and concert facilities, rehearsal halls, classrooms, faculty studios, offices, and student practice rooms. The building also contains recording studios, computer labs, MIDI and electronic music labs, and a tracker-action organ.


Music Minor Requirements

The minor in Music is reserved for students pursuing a degree in a field other than music. Courses taken for the minor may count toward fulfilling General Education requirements but will not count toward fulfilling a music major. The minor requires completion of 20 units of music courses with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. At least 7 upper-division units must be completed in residence. The program must be approved by the department minor adviser. Music minors must pass the Jury I examination in their declared area of concentration (composition, instrument, or voice) by the completion of the fourth unit of studio instruction.

Required (9 units)
MUSIC 40; 41; 74, or 1A and one of 47 or 58

Studio Instruction (4 units)
Choose one of the following (concurrent enrollment in approved Performance unit required): MUSIC 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 38, 48 If a voice minor, choose 39 or 110 or a combination of the two, upon recommendation of voice faculty.

Performance (4 units)
Choose from the following: MUSIC 102, 103, 117, 118 (Ensembles taken for credit must be approved by the minor adviser and studio teacher.)

Elective (3 units)
Choose one of the following: MUSIC 160T, 161A, 161B, 170A, 170B, 171, 187

Total (20 units)


The Department of Music faculty has backgrounds in varied areas of specialization. Many members of the faculty have national and international reputations as performing artists and teachers. Others are well known for their scholarly research, articles, and books. They are all dedicated to providing students with the best music education possible both in their classes and studios.

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