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Music - The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Undergraduate Programs

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. The Bachelor of Music degree is a high-unit professional degree and requires 132 units for graduation. Students interested in the BM program must successfully complete an audition for entrance to the program. This should be accomplished prior to entrance to the University. Students wishing to consider the BM program after they have enrolled at CSULB may not apply after they have completed morethan a maximum of 96 units.

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