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Music - The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

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Music - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music (code MUS_BA01) (120 units)

A non-performance-focused degree that sets music within the broader context of interdisciplinary studies, diversity, and contemporary thought. This degree has a basic music core, upper-division elective music units focused on popular, world, and film music as well as art music, an individualized track of non-music elective studies that focuses in at least two other disciplines (one major area and one or more minor areas), and a final research project culminating in a comprehensive senior paper.

Audition required prior to entrance for majors to assess performance standard; All applicants to the program must meet with the BA adviser prior to, or at the beginning of, the first semester of residence to review the statement of purpose and to draw up an individualized study plan.

Requirements

Music Theory (16 units)

  • Take all of the following:
    • MUS 142A/B Harmony I, II (3/3)
    • MUS 141A/B Musicianship I, II (2/2)
    • MUS 341 Form and Analysis (3)
  • Take one course from:
    • MUS 372A Jazz Theory I (2)
    • MUS 342 Materials of Modern Music (3)

Music History/Literature (18 units)

  • Take all of the following:
    • MUS 190* The Listener’s Approach (3)
    • MUS 290 Popular Music in America (3)
    • MUS 490* Music Cultures of the World (3)
      • *double-counts as GE
  • Take three courses from:
    • MUS 160 Baroque/Classical Music (3)
    • MUS 360 Medieval/Renaissance Music (3)
    • MUS 374 19th-20th-Century Music (3)
    • MUS 363I Music and the Visual Arts (3)
    • MUS 364I Music and the Temporal Arts (3)

Performance Ensembles (6 units)

  • Take 6 units of the following:
    • MUS 100, 200, 201 and/or 300, 400, 401
    • (ensemble must meet Conservatory approval)

Applied Music (6 units)

  • Take 6 units of the following:
    • MUS 129/329 or X129/X329
  • Complete Upper-Division Screening Exam (UDSE)

Piano Proficiency

  • Take the following:
    • Successful completion of the piano proficiency exam
    • (equivalent to MUS 220B)

Music Forum

  • Take the following:
    • MUS 210A Writing About Music (1)
    • MUS 210B Introduction toBasic Music Technology (1)

Music History Electives (9 units)

  • Take 9 units the following:
    • MUS 393, 468I, 467, 471 (repeatable to 6 units), 363I, 364I (if not taken in Music History 18-unit core)

Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies (12 units, 6 upper division)

Take 6 units from one major discipline area and an additional 6 units in one or more areas. These areas can be, but are not limited to:

Anthropology, Africana Studies, Asian and Asian-American Studies, Comparative World Literature and Classics, Film Studies, Geography, History, International Studies, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Romance, German, Russian Languages, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Final Exit Requirement (4 units)

  • MUS 496 Research Methods (3) (taken penultimate semester of graduation)
  • MUS 423C or D Senior Thesis or Project (1) (requires faculty adviser approval)

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree is a high-unit professional degree and requires 132 units for graduation. Music units include the core requirements and one option. Admission to the option is determined by audition and approval of the Director of the Conservatory. Applications should be submitted no later than the beginning of the junior year, and significant progress must be demonstrated during the remaining years.

Music Education: Instrumental Music and Choral-Vocal Music Options

Core Requirements

1. Music History and Literature:

    • MUS 160 History of Music: Baroque/Classical (3)
    • MUS 190* Listeners Approach (3)
    • MUS 360 History of Music: Medieval/Renaissance (3)
    • MUS 374 History of Music: 19th/20th Century (3)
    • MUS 490* Introduction to Music Cultures (3)
      • * Section by advisement, double-counts as GE - C.1

2. Music Theory:

    • MUS 141A Musicianship I (2)
    • MUS 141B Musicianship II (2)
    • MUS 142A Harmony I (3)
    • MUS 142B Harmony II (3)
    • MUS 240 Advanced Musicianship (2)
    • MUS 241 Counterpoint (3)
    • MUS 341 Musical Form and Analysis (3)
    • MUS 342 Materials of Modern Music (3)

3. Major Performance Organization:

    • MUS 100/300, one unit each semester in residence;

4. Music Forum:

    • MUS 210A Writing About Music (1)
    • MUS 210B Introduction to Basic Music Technology (1)

5. Senior Recital:

    • MUS 423A Senior Recital (1)

6. Keyboard Proficiency:

  • Successful completion of conservatory's piano proficiency examination (equivalent to MUS 220B)

7. Chamber Music:

  • Take two units from the following:
    • MUS 200/400 and/or 201/401

Option in Instrumental Music (code MUS_BM04) (132 units)

Completion of this option meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Music. In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Music teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the conservatory's Music Education Advisor early to plan their program.

The Music Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

  • Take all the following courses:
    • MUS 129/329 or 129X/329X (must be taken for 8 units),
    • MUS 122A Class Voice (1)
    • MUS 125T Instrumental Methods - Music Technology (1)
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
    • MUS 382A Instrumental Ensemble Lab (3)
    • MUS 382B Beginning Jazz Ensemble Lab (1)
    • MUS 386 Introduction to Music Education (3)
    • MUS 419 Choral Master Class (1)
    • MUS 425 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (2)
    • MUS 480 Marching Band Techniques (2)
    • MUS 482 Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques & Lit (3)
    • MUS 484 Arranging (2)
    • MUS 485 Music for the Elementary School Child (3)
  • Take 5 additional courses from:
    • MUS 125A Single Reeds/Flute Methods (1)
    • MUS 125B Double Reeds Methods (1)
    • MUS 125C Brass Methods (1)
    • MUS 125D Percussion Methods (1)
    • MUS 125E Strings Methods (1)
    • MUS 125F Guitar Methods (1)

Option in Choral-Vocal Music (code MUS_BM01) (132 units)

Completion of this option meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Music (code 170). In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Music teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the conservatory's Music Education Advisor early to plan their programs.

The program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 129/329 or X129/X329 (must be taken for 8 units)
    • MUS 125F Guitar Methods (1)
    • MUS 125T Intro to Technology for Music Educators (1)
    • MUS 273A Diction for Singers (2)
    • MUS 273B Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 273C Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
    • MUS 327 Choral Organization/Rehearsal Techniques (2)
    • MUS 386 Introduction to Music Education (3)
    • MUS 419 Choral Master Class (1)
    • MUS 422 Advanced Choral Conducting and Literature (2)
    • MUS 426 Vocal Development (2)
    • MUS 483A Choral Repertoire (2)
    • MUS 483B Choral Repertoire (2)
    • MUS 484 Arranging (2)
    • MUS 485 Music for the Elementary School Child (3)
  • Take 3 courses from the following:
    • MUS 125A Single Reeds/Flute Methods (1)
    • MUS 125B Double Reeds Methods (1)
    • MUS 125C Brass Methods (1)
    • MUS 125D Percussion Methods (1)
    • MUS 125E Strings Methods (1)

Options in Performance, Composition and History and Literature

Core Requirements

1. Music History and Literature:

  • Take all the following courses:
    • MUS 160 History of Music: Baroque/Classical (3)
    • MUS 190* Listeners Approach (3)
    • MUS 360 History of Music:Medieval/Renaissance (3)
    • MUS 374 History of Music: 19th/20th Century (3)
    • MUS 490* Introduction to Music Cultures (3)
  • * Section by advisement, double-counts as GE – C.1

2. Music Theory:

  • Take all the following courses:
    • MUS 141A Musicianship I (2)
    • MUS 141B Musicianship II (2)
    • MUS 142A Harmony I (3)
    • MUS 142B Harmony II (3)
    • MUS 240 Advanced Musicianship (2)
    • MUS 241 Counterpoint (3)
    • MUS 341 Musical Form and Analysis (3)
    • MUS 342 Materials of Modern Music (3)

3. Major Performance Organization:

  • MUS 100/300, one unit each semester in residence (keyboard majors only take maximum 4 semesters) MUS 401A, B, D may satisfy Major Performance Organization requirement for junior and senior Jazz Studies majors;

4. Music Forum:

  • MUS 210A Writing About Music (1)
  • MUS 210B Introduction to Basic Music Technology (1)

5. Keyboard Proficiency:

  • Successful completion of conservatory's piano proficiency examination (equivalent to MUS 220B) (piano majors excepted)

Option in Performance (code MUS_BM05) (132 units)

Requirements

Core:

  • (MUS 129, 229/429, or X129, X229/X429) required each semester in residence with an achievement of senior level on major performance medium. Junior Recital (MUS 323) and Senior Recital (MUS 423A) is required of all students.

Piano:

  • Take 5 units of the following courses:
    • MUS 200 or MUS 201 Chamber Music (1)
    • MUS 400 or MUS 401 Chamber Music (1)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 277 Keyboard Skills (2)
    • MUS 427 Piano Pedagogy I (3)
    • MUS 477A Piano Accompanying (2)
    • MUS 477B Piano Accompanying (2)
    • MUS 492A Studies in Keyboard Music (2)
    • MUS 492B Studies in Keyboard Music (2)

Electives:

  • Take five units from the following courses:
    • MUS 273A-B-C, 326, 428, 434A-B, 436, 460, 467, 478.

String Instruments:

  • Take 4 units of the following courses:
    • MUS 200 or MUS 201 Chamber Music (1)
    • MUS 400 or MUS 401 Chamber Music (1)
  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
  • Take six units from the following courses:
    • MUS 428, 460, 467, 471, 478 and 493.

Wind Instruments:

  • Take 4 units of the following courses:
  • (2 must be either woodwind or brass chamber music):
    • MUS 200 or MUS 201 Chamber Music (1)
    • MUS 400 or MUS 401 Chamber Music (1)
  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
  • Take 4 units from one of the following courses:
    • MUS 224 Performance and Styles (1)
    • MUS 424 Performance and Styles (1)
  • Take six units from the following courses:
    • MUS 428, 460, 467, 471, 478 and 493.

Percussion:

  • Take 4 units of the following courses
  • (2 must be percussion ensemble):
    • MUS 200 or MUS 201 Chamber Music (1)
    • MUS 400 or MUS 401 Chamber Music (1)
  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
  • Take six units from the following courses:
    • 428, 460, 467, 471, 478 and 493.

Voice:

  • Take all of the following courses:
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 273A Diction for Singers (2)
    • MUS 273B French Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 273C German Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
    • MUS 426 Vocal Development (2)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MUS 434A German Song Repertoire (2)
    • MUS 434B French Song Repertoire (2)
  • Take one course from the following:
    • MUS 428, 460, 467, 469, and 471
  • Take an additional two units from the following:
    • MUS 436, 434A or 434B

Completion of Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Foreign Language Examination in French, German or Italian (may be waived by completion of 101B level course in French, German or Italian).

Opera:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 273A Diction for Singers (2)
    • MUS 273B French Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 273C German Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
    • MUS 436 Opera Repertoire (2)
    • MUS 473 Advanced Diction for Singers (2)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • THEA 262 Beginning Movement for the Actor (3)
    • THEA 114A Fundamentals of Acting (3)
  • Take two units from one the following courses (required as part of eight-unit activity requirement):
    • MUS 330 Opera (1)
    • MUS 331 Music Theater (1)
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Theatre Elective (3)
    • Dance Elective (DANC 111A or 113A) (2)
    • MUS 469 Music of the Theatre (3)

Completion of Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Foreign Language Examination in French, German or Italian (may be waived by completion of 101B level course in French, German or Italian).

Jazz Studies:

  • Take 4 units of the following courses:
    • MUS 200 or MUS 201 Chamber Music (1)
    • MUS 400 or MUS 401 Chamber Music (1)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 271 Improvisation Techniques I (2)
    • MUS 371 Improvisation Techniques II (2)
    • MUS 372A Jazz Theory I (2)
    • MUS 372B Jazz Theory II (2)
    • MUS 393 Jazz, An American Music (3)
    • MUS 416 Jazz Pedogogy (2)
    • MUS 474A Commercial Arranging (3)
  • Take 4 units by advisement from the following:
    • MUS 370, 411, 417, 442, 455, 456, 457, 474B or 497D

Completion of Bob Cole Conservatory Jazz Piano Proficiency Examination (equivalent to MUS 221B)

Option in Composition (code MUS_BM02) (132 units)

Requirements

  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 129 or 129X to be taken each semester in residence until successful completion of the Upper-Division Screening Examination in applied music (a minimum of 4 units is required).
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 244A Composition Workshop I (2)
    • MUS 244B Composition Workshop II (2)
    • MUS 344 Composition (2), corequisite: MUS 329X (1)
    • MUS 423B Senior Composition Recital (1)
    • MUS 444 Adv Comp (2), corequisite: MUS 329X (1)
  • Take 21 units from the following courses (at least 3 units must be selected from MUS 370, 455, 456 or 457):
    • MUS 271, 329X (may be repeated multiple times), 370, 371, 372, 411, 441, 442, 443, 444, 446, 455, 456, 457, 495F, 497B-E, and THEA 449.
  • Take three units from the following courses:
    • MUS 200B, 326, 393, 400B, 415, 422, 425, and 474.

Option in History and Literature (code MUS_BM03) (132 units)

Reqirements

  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 129 or X129 taken each semester in residence until successful completion of Upper-Division Screening Examination in applied music (a minimum of 4 units is required).
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MUS 423C Senior Thesis (1)
    • MUS 496 Research Methods (3)
  • Take 6 units from the following courses:
    • MUS 363I, 364I, 393, 468I
  • Take 15 units from the following courses:
    • MUS 428, 441, 460, 467, 469, 471 (repeatable to 6 units), 478, 492A, 492B, 493 (repeatable to 6 units), 400R, 400S (repeatable to 3 units).
  • Completion of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Foreign Language Examination in French, German or Italian (may be waived by completion of 101B level course in French, German or Italian).
  • Take 3 units of upper-division coursework outside music, under advisement, to be related to Senior Thesis topic or include foreign language literature classes.

Minor in Music (code MUS_UM01)

Requirements

A minimum of 18 units, 9 of which must be upper division (300- and 400-level courses). Specific courses are required. A degree plan must be prepared in conference with the conservatory undergraduate advisor prior to beginning this program.