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Music B.A.

Information and Policies

Introduction

The Music Department supports an unusually diverse curriculum for a department of its size. By a choice of concentrations within the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree, the student can emphasize different aspects of music. The “Contemporary Practices” and “Global Musics” concentrations offer a variety of modules (groupings of courses with various focuses) that students will be required to select from in addition to core requirements designed specifically for each concentration. All students pursuing the B.A. degree must select one of the three concentrations.

The concentrations and corresponding modules relevant to each concentration are:

Contemporary Practices Concentration. A concentration emphasizing composition and improvisation across multiple genres of music composition. Modules offered are:

  • Global Art Musics
  • Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

  • Experimental & Contemporary Musics. This module offers a variety of electronic music studio courses.

All module offerings are based on availability within the curriculum plan. Students should visit the Music Department website for a list of when each module’s courses will be offered.

Global Musics Concentration. A concentration emphasizing global music research, performance, and writing. Modules offered are:

  • Africa and the Americas

  • Asia

  • Contemporary/Experimental

  • Europe

  • Jazz

  • Popular Music

  • World Music

All module offerings are based on availability within the curriculum plan. Students should visit the Music Department website for a list of when each module’s courses will be offered.

Western Art Music Concentration. A concentration emphasizing classical Western art music performance, theory and history. This concentration requires some performance ability on a standard orchestral instrument or voice in classical repertoire (or improvisational repertoire for drum set majors) upon entry to the concentration. This concentration does not have a set of modules, but rather has a set course list of requirements.

The list of course requirements and when the courses are offered can be found on the Music Department website.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program in music is designed to help students accomplish the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate critical familiarity with differences and commonalities among musical practices and their material conditions, across a diverse range of genres, cultures, and histories.

  2. Demonstrate familiarity with analytical tools arising in theories of music, including those in music theory, ethnomusicology, and sound studies, as they are applied to musical sounds, practices, and repertoires in diverse musical contexts.

  3. Demonstrate skills in listening, interpretation, and collaboration as they pertain to music-making across diverse oral and notational repertoires.

  4. Demonstrate performance proficiency on a specific instrument (including voice specializations) across a range of musical genres, periods, and/or practices.

  5. Demonstrate skills in music composition, improvisation and/or production including skills in audio technologies.

  6. Demonstrate working knowledge of social science, humanities, and/or arts approaches to research in music-relevant topics.This includes qualitative and quantitative research methods for, gathering or obtaining research data, finding/using primary sources, and other research approaches/methods.

  7. Demonstrate effective writing and interpretive skills to participate in disciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue about musical practices, traditions, genres, ideas, and music-making spaces.

Academic Advising for the Program

General information about the music degrees is available on the department website. Students are also strongly encouraged to consult early with the Music Department advisor to create an academic plan for the major or a minor far in advance of declaration, as early as the summer before beginning at the university.

Transfer students should consult the Transfer Information and Policy section.

Please contact the department advisor by emailing music@ucsc.edu or calling (831) 459-2292. Slug Success is also available to make an appointment.

Getting Started in the Major: Frosh

This is a course-intensive and/or sequential program, and students who intend to pursue this major must begin taking classes for the major in their first year at the University of California, Santa Cruz. All students intending to major in music are strongly encouraged to email music@ucsc.edu to schedule a phone-advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor at some point during their first year.

The Theory Placement Exam is for placement of students, including transferring or re-entering students, into the appropriate Western music theory course (MUSC 14, or MUSC 30A). It includes written sections in the areas of theory and musicianship that emphasize aural recognition and identification of musical structures (intervals, chords, rhythms, meters, etc.). Students may prepare for the exam by honing skills in reading both bass and treble clef and in recognizing melodic and harmonic structures, and complex rhythmic patterns.

Students without any theory background, or weak aural skills, should plan to enroll in MUSC 20A in their first year in order to prepare for MUSC 14 and the placement exam. Admission to MUSC 30A is primarily based on the Theory Placement Exam scores, but students who get a final grade of “A” or "A+" in MUSC 14 are eligible to automatically place into MUSC 30A.

The Theory Placement Exam is held twice a year: on the Tuesday before instruction begins in fall quarter, from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and right before the beginning of Winter quarter (schedule TBA). No signup is necessary. Students should bring a pencil. Students can visit the Music Department website to view the sample exam.

Transfer Information and Policy

Transfer Admission Screening Policy

Students planning to apply to UC Santa Cruz in this major are not required to complete specific courses for consideration of admission to UCSC.

Transfer students are strongly recommended to take some music theory courses before transfer to UC Santa Cruz, which generally enables them to test into one of MUSC 14 or MUSC 30A. They should also have completed most general education requirements, although some GE requirements may be fulfilled by lower-division courses in the major (such as courses in the MUSC 11, MUSC 80, and MUSC 81 series).

Getting Started in the Major: Transfer Students

Transfer students should plan to take the Theory Placement Exam before the start of fall quarter to place into MUSC 14 or MUSC 30A It is an option for transfer students to take the examination prior to applying to UC Santa Cruz as a practice guide for future preparation, or in the spring quarter before their first fall quarter. Students can also visit the Music Department website to view the sample examination.

Transfer students can also take MUSC 14 when offered during Summer Session at UCSC prior to fall of their arrival. Taking MUSC 14 will help prepare students for the Theory Placement Exam and generally results in students placing into MUSC 30A. Admission to MUSC 30A is primarily based on the Theory Placement Exam scores, but students who get a final grade of “A” or "A+" in MUSC 14 are eligible to automatically place into MUSC 30A.

The Theory Placement Exam is held twice a year: on the Tuesday before instruction begins, from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall, and right before the beginning of winter quarter (schedule TBA). No signup is necessary. Students should bring a pencil.

All transfer students are strongly encouraged to email music@ucsc.edu to schedule a phone-advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor prior to application.

Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process

Major Qualification

In order to qualify for the music major, students must successfully complete MUSC 14 or MUSC 30A (depending on major track) with a grade of "C" or better. A "Pass" grade is also acceptable since letter grades are not required for lower-division courses. Students in the Western Art Music concentration also need signature approval by the applied instrument instructor on the primary instrument authorization form.

Students approaching their major declaration deadline quarter (sixth quarter for four-year students, second quarter for transfer students), should reach out to the Music Department office as soon as possible to set up a declaration advising appointment.

Transfer students should also see the "Transfer Information and Policy" section below.

Appeal Process

Students who are informed that they are not eligible to declare the major may appeal this decision by submitting a letter to the department chair within 15 days from the date the notification was mailed.

The appeal process can be started by emailing the undergraduate advisor in the music office.

Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student and college of the decision.

How to Declare a Major

All students should meet with the academic advisor to begin the major declaration process either by making an appointment (via Slug Success), by email to music@ucsc.edu, or by stopping by the department office, Music Center, Room 244 or 248. Students are also required to meet with a faculty advisor (assigned with help from the academic advisor) as part of the declaration process.

Students should submit a petition to declare as soon as they complete the major qualification requirements or reach their declaration deadline quarter (whichever comes first). The declaration deadline for four-year students is their sixth quarter, and the second quarter for transfer students.

Students petitioning when the campus declaration deadline is imminent, will either be approved, denied, or provided with conditions (e.g. completion of some courses with certain grades) that will be resolved within at most one more enrolled quarter, even if they have not completed major qualification courses.

Letter Grade Policy

All upper-division courses applied toward the music majors must be taken for a letter grade, except MUSC 120 (Seminar in Composition) and upper-division workshops and performing ensembles, which may be taken Pass/No Pass.

All lower-division courses, including those in the MUSC 30-series, may be taken Pass/No Pass.

Course Substitution Policy

Students who have taken introductory or topical large lecture music courses at other institutions may email the curriculum committee to propose course substitutions. To begin this process, email music@ucsc.edu.

Double Majors and Major/Minor Combinations Policy

Double majors are possible for the music major. A student can double major with a Music Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree or a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degree, and a major from another department. Students that plan to double major should meet with the music undergraduate advisor for course planning in fall quarter of their first year.

It is not possible to double major as a music B.A. and a music B.M. However, it is possible to pursue the B.M. and add the "Jazz, Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation Minor" or "Electronic Music minor." It is not possible to add the "Western Art Music Minor" to the Music B.A. or Music B.M. degrees.

Students are generally not able to add the "Western Art Music Minor" or "Jazz, Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation Minor" to the Music B.A. Contemporary Practices or Global Musics concentrations in the Music B.A , due to potential overlap between these curricula. Similarly, the "Electronic Music Minor" cannot be added to the Contemporary Practices concentration. However, in rare cases, and with careful planning, these major/minor combinations can be possible.

The "Jazz, Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation Minor" can be added to the Western Art Music concentration. The "Electronic Music Minor" can still be added to the Global Musics or Western Art Music concentration.

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to explore studying abroad while attending UC Santa Cruz. In particular, the UCSC Music Department has an exchange program agreement with the Music Department at the University of Sussex. University of Sussex offers many courses that can be substituted for music major or minor requirements.

For more information on approved course substitutions and the exchange program please visit the Global Learning website.

Honors

Honors in the major are conferred by vote of the music faculty. B.A. or B.M. students can be awarded honors for excellent work in individual areas, including coursework and a capstone course (research thesis or creative portfolio). Excellent work in any two of these areas normally results in honors in the major.

To be considered for highest honors in the major, B.A. students must also complete an additional senior project (not required for their concentration) and B.M. students must complete a capstone course (not required for the B.M. degree). Honors in all three areas—coursework, senior project, and capstone course—normally results in highest honors in the major.

How Music Majors Are Assessed

For students in the Western Art Music concentration:

  1. Placement exams at the outset of studies assess students' musical competence, and determine their place in the required lower-division theory and harmony courses.

  2. Admission to most performance ensembles is by audition. Assessment is based on successful public performances.

  3. A juried "advisory audition" is required for students enrolled in MUSC 30A to give students feedback so that they can work toward meeting the requirements for the proficiency audition at the end of the next fall quarter.

  4. A juried "proficiency audition" is required for students enrolled in MUSC 150H. All students must exhibit an upper-intermediate or higher level on their major instrument or voice.

  5. Students will always declare as a music B.A. If you are interested in becoming a music B.M. student, auditions for admission to the B.M. program are held at the end of each fall quarter. Students accepted to the program are required to audition twice a year for continuing review and critique. Students in the B.M. program present a senior recital which is evaluated by faculty. See the music B.M. page for more information.

  6. In required and elective seminars, critical thinking and writing are assessed when students present a major independent project at the end of term.

  7. Compositional skills are assessed through the rehearsal and public performance of student works.

For students in the Global Musics concentration:

  1. Placement exams at the outset of studies assess students' musical competence, and determine their place in the required lower-division theory and harmony courses.

  2. Admission to most performance ensembles is by audition. Assessment is based on successful public performances.

  3. In required and elective seminars, critical thinking and writing are assessed when students present a major independent project at the end of term.

  4. Compositional skills are assessed through the rehearsal and public performance of student works, when applicable.

For students in the Contemporary Practices concentration:

  1. Placement exams at the outset of studies assess students' musical competence, and determine their place in the required lower-division theory and harmony courses.
  2. Admission to most performance ensembles is by audition. Assessment is based on successful public performances.
  3. Compositional skills are assessed through the rehearsal and public performance of student works, when applicable. Additionally, students will be expected to present a senior composition recital at the end of their residency.
  4. In required and elective seminars, critical thinking and writing are assessed when students present a project or paper at the end of term.

Contemporary Practices Concentration

Course Requirements

In addition to the core course work and electives listed below, students pursuing the Contemporary Practices concentration are required to complete three modules, relating to cross-cultural themes and genres:

  • Experimental & Contemporary Musics

  • Global Art Musics

  • Spontaneous Composition & Improvisation

The following course list outlines the general concentration requirements. See the list of approved courses relevant to each module.

Lower-Division Theory

MUSC 14 is meant for students with some music theory experience. Students can bypass MUSC 14 by placing directly into MUSC 30A via the Theory Placement Exam. Students may also place into MUSC 30A by receiving a final grade of "A" or "A+" in MUSC 14.

The Theory Placement Exam is offered twice per year: in fall quarter, the Tuesday before classes start; and in the beginning of winter quarter. See the Music Department website for exam details.

MUSC 14Beginning Western Theory and Musicianship

5

MUSC 20BTheoretical Foundations of Music

5

MUSC 30ATheory, Literature, and Musicianship I

5

MUSC 30BTheory, Literature, and Musicianship II

5

The following course should be taken concurrently with the MUSC 30 sequence:
MUSC 31Ear Training

2

Upper-Division Requirements

Upper-division Composition

Students must take MUSC 120 at least twice, with different instructors.

MUSC 120Seminar in Music Composition

5

Upper-division Composition and Analysis

Choose one of the courses below to take. If choosing MUSC 120, it must be taken with a different instructor as your previous two times.

MUSC 120Seminar in Music Composition

5

MUSC 121AJazz Analysis

5

MUSC 121BOrchestration

5

Upper-Division History
MUSC 101CWestern Music History (1910-present)

5

Modular Requirements

Each module consists of:

  • a lower-division MUSC 11, MUSC 80, or MUSC 81-series course specific to each module (three total)

  • an upper-division MUSC 150 or equivalent (theory/composition-based) course specific to each module (three total)

  • two quarters of performing ensembles or performance practice workshops specific to each module (six total)

See the list of approved courses relevant to each module.

Electives

Students must take two upper-division electives: one course from the MUSC 150 topical theory series (or similar theory-based course from another series), and one course from the MUSC 101 foundational history or MUSC 105 topical history series (two classes total).

With a few exceptions, courses may not be repeated for credit, and courses that cannot be repeated for credit cannot be double-counted toward major requirements. Check the catalog to confirm if courses are repeatable for credit.

Students may also elect to take a graduate-level seminar in place of their final elective. All graduate courses require instructor and/or department permission to add.

Theory Elective

Take one of the following courses. With the exceptions of MUSC 123C and MUSC 150J, courses may not be repeated for credit, nor can they be double-counted with courses applied toward modular requirements. If you take MUSC 123C or MUSC 150J more than once, you can have both offerings count towards separate requirements.

MUSC 150AMusic Analysis for Performers

5

MUSC 150BMusic Analysis and Composition

5

MUSC 150CTonal Counterpoint

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 150HHarmony & Form in 19th-century Western Art Music

5

MUSC 150IHindustani Music Theory

5

MUSC 150JIntermediate Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

5

MUSC 150KIntermediate Jazz Theory

5

MUSC 150NNoise, Music, Politics

5

MUSC 150P20th-Century Popular Song

5

MUSC 150RField Recording: Mapping and Composing Sound, Identity, and Place

5

MUSC 150SFocus on Spontaneous Composition

5

MUSC 150TPost Tonal Analysis

5

MUSC 150XTheoretical Practices of American Music

5

MUSC 123AElectronic Music: Synthesis & Composition I

5

MUSC 123BElectronic Music: Synthesis & Composition II

5

MUSC 123CElectronic Music: Synthesis & Composition III

5

History/Culture Elective

Take one of the following courses. Courses may not be repeated for credit, nor can they be double-counted with courses applied toward modular requirements.

MUSC 101AWestern Music History (c. 1150 - 1750)

5

MUSC 101BWestern Music History (1750-1910)

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 101HMusic of Insular Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105EEarly Keyboard Music

5

MUSC 105H
/DANM 205H
Hip Hop Music and Culture in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105IImprovisation and Collaborative Practices in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105OOpera from Peri to Pergolesi

5

MUSC 105PThe Piano

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105RHistory of Russian Music

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 105VMexican Music and Conviviality

5

Elective Ensembles/Performance Practice Workshops

Take three quarters of any of the following courses. All courses except MUSC 74, MUSC 20C, MUSC 80Z, and MUSC 167R may be repeated for credit, and can count toward multiple requirements if repeated.

MUSC 1CUniversity Concert Choir

2

MUSC 2University Orchestra

2

MUSC 3Large Jazz Ensemble

2

MUSC 5AWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Beginning

2

MUSC 5BWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Intermediate

2

MUSC 5CWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Advanced

2

MUSC 8ABeginning Balinese Gamelan

2

MUSC 8BAdvanced Balinese Gamelan

2

MUSC 9Wind Ensemble

2

MUSC 10Central Asian Ensemble

2

MUSC 12Mariachi Ensemble

2

MUSC 12BMexican Folklorico Music and Dance

2

MUSC 53ABeginning Ghanaian Ensemble

2

MUSC 54North Indian Music Workshop

2

MUSC 55Rhythms of North India

2

MUSC 55AIntermediate Rhythms of North India

2

MUSC 58Songwriting Craft and Practice

5

MUSC 70Hip Hop's Global Inclusiveness & African Roots

2

MUSC 73Music and the Ocean

3

MUSC 74Beginning Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

5

MUSC 20CBeginning Jazz Theory

5

MUSC 77Raga Jazz: Application of Indian Music to Western Instruments

5

MUSC 78Popular and Raga-Based Songs of South Asia

2

MUSC 71Laptop Music

5

MUSC 102University Orchestra

2

MUSC 103University Concert Choir

2

MUSC 129Live Electroacoustic Music Ensemble

2

MUSC 158South African Music Ensemble

2

MUSC 163Early Music Band

2

MUSC 164Jazz Combos

2

MUSC 165Chamber Music Workshop

2

MUSC 166Chamber Singers

2

MUSC 167Workshop in Electronic Music

2

MUSC 167RRecording Workshop

2

MUSC 168Experimental Music Ensemble

2

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division disciplinary communication (DC) requirement.

The DC requirement for the contemporary practices concentration of the music B.A. degree is satisfied by completing one of the following courses. Some courses may already be core or elective requirements for the major track, meaning students would satisfy the DC requirement through the natural progression of their degree.

MUSC 101AWestern Music History (c. 1150 - 1750)

5

MUSC 101BWestern Music History (1750-1910)

5

MUSC 101CWestern Music History (1910-present)

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

Comprehensive Requirement

For their Senior Capstone project, students in the Contemporary Practices concentration must present a senior composition recital or portfolio.

Students should consult their faculty advisor (chosen when you declare the major) and department advisor when planning their recital/portfolio.

MUSC 196ASenior Recital Preparation (without individual lessons)

5

Planners

The tables below are for informational purposes and do not reflect all university, general education, and credit requirements. See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for more information.

In addition to core curriculum requirements for the Contemporary Practices Concentration, students must also complete three modules. Each module will consist of:

  • a lower-division MUSC 11, MUSC 80, or MUSC 81-series course specific to each module (three total);

  • an upper-division MUSC 150 or equivalent (theory/composition-based) course specific to each module (three total);

  • two quarters of performing ensembles or performance practice workshops specific to each module (six total).

Please see sample two and four-year plans below.

Four-Year Plan for Incoming Frosh

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
Entering College 1A
Summer Edge (optional)
1st
(frosh)
MUSC 20B MUSC 14 (if necessary) Module: Lower-div 3
Module: Lower-div 1 Module: Lower-div 2
WRIT 1/WRIT 1E (if needed)
2nd
(soph)
MUSC 30A/MUSC 31 MUSC 30B/MUSC 31
WRIT 2* Module: Upper-div 1
Module: Ensemble 1 Module: Ensemble 1 Elective ensemble
3rd (jr) MUSC 121B MUSC 120 Module: Upper-div 2
MUSC 101C (D.C.) Elective upper-div
Module: Ensemble 2 Module: Ensemble 2 Module: Ensemble 3
4th (sr) Elective upper-div (150) MUSC 120 MUSC 196A
Module: Upper-div 3
Module: Ensemble 3 Elective ensemble Elective ensemble

* WRIT 2 should be taken in or before spring quarter of the second year.

Two-Year Plan for Transfer Students

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
Entering KRSG 1T
Summer Edge (optional)
1st (junior) MUSC 20B MUSC 30B/MUSC 31
MUSC 30A/MUSC 31 Module: Lower-div 2 Module: Lower-div 3
Module: Lower-div 1 Elective: Upper-div (D.C.) Module: Upper-div 1
Module: Ensemble 1 Module: Ensemble 1 Module: Ensemble 2
2nd (sr) MUSC 121B MUSC 120 MUSC 120
MUSC 101C (D.C.) Module: Upper-div 2 MUSC 196A
Module: Upper-div 3 Elective: Upper-div (150)
Module: Ensemble 2 Module: Ensemble 3 Module: Ensemble 3
Elective ensemble Elective ensemble Elective ensemble

General Education (GE) Codes

MUSC 11, MUSC 80, and MUSC 81 series courses will fulfill a variety of GE requirements including: IM, CC, ER, MF, PE-E, PE-H, PE-T, and PR-C.

MUSC 150C, MUSC 150P, MUSC 150T, MUSC 150X fulfill the IM GE requirement. MUSC 150I fulfills the CC GE.

Most, but not all, ensembles satisfy the PR-C or PR-E code GE requirement. Students should check to confirm which courses from the ensembles course list satisfy GE codes.

Students must complete all other general education requirements.

Transfer Student Progress

Some courses from the MUSC 11, MUSC 80, and MUSC 81 series, along with some performing ensembles, can be articulated from courses taken at other institutions. Please email music@ucsc.edu with any questions about course articulations/substitutions.

Global Musics Concentration

Course Requirements

In addition to the core course work and electives listed below, students pursuing the Global Musics concentration are required to complete three modules, relating to geographical areas, themes, and genres:

  • Africa & the Americas
  • Asia
  • Contemporary/Experimental Music
  • Europe
  • Jazz
  • Popular Music
  • World Musics

The following course list outlines the general concentration requirements. See the list of approved courses relevant to each module.

Lower-Division Theory

MUSC 14 is meant for students with some Western music theory experience. Students can bypass this requirement by placing directly into MUSC 30A via the Theory Placement Exam.

The Theory Placement Exam is offered twice per year: in fall quarter, the Tuesday before classes start; and in the beginning of winter quarter. See the Music Department website for exam details.

MUSC 14Beginning Western Theory and Musicianship

5

MUSC 20AGlobal Music Theory and Musicianship

5

MUSC 20BTheoretical Foundations of Music

5

Modular Requirements

Each modules consists of:

  • a lower-division MUSC 11, MUSC 80, or MUSC 81-series course specific to each module (three total)

  • an upper-division MUSC 101, MUSC 105, or MUSC 150 course specific to each module (three total)

  • two quarters of performing ensemble or performance practice workshop specific to each module (six total)

See the list of approved courses relevant to each module.

Electives

Take three elective courses from the upper-division music catalog. These courses cannot double count with modular electives, unless the course is repeatable for credit and is taken more than once.

Take three of the following courses
MUSC 101AWestern Music History (c. 1150 - 1750)

5

MUSC 101BWestern Music History (1750-1910)

5

MUSC 101CWestern Music History (1910-present)

5

MUSC 101EMusics of South and Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 101HMusic of Insular Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105EEarly Keyboard Music

5

MUSC 105H
/DANM 205H
Hip Hop Music and Culture in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105IImprovisation and Collaborative Practices in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105OOpera from Peri to Pergolesi

5

MUSC 105PThe Piano

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105RHistory of Russian Music

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 105VMexican Music and Conviviality

5

MUSC 120Seminar in Music Composition

5

MUSC 121AJazz Analysis

5

MUSC 121BOrchestration

5

MUSC 122Conducting

2

MUSC 150AMusic Analysis for Performers

5

MUSC 150BMusic Analysis and Composition

5

MUSC 150HHarmony & Form in 19th-century Western Art Music

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 150IHindustani Music Theory

5

MUSC 150CTonal Counterpoint

5

MUSC 150JIntermediate Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

5

MUSC 150KIntermediate Jazz Theory

5

MUSC 150NNoise, Music, Politics

5

MUSC 150P20th-Century Popular Song

5

MUSC 150SFocus on Spontaneous Composition

5

MUSC 150TPost Tonal Analysis

5

MUSC 150XTheoretical Practices of American Music

5

Elective Ensembles/Performance Practice Workshops

Take three quarters of any of the following courses. All courses except MUSC 74, MUSC 20C, MUSC 71, and MUSC 167R may be repeated for credit, and can count toward multiple requirements if repeated.

MUSC 1CUniversity Concert Choir

2

MUSC 2University Orchestra

2

MUSC 3Large Jazz Ensemble

2

MUSC 5AWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Beginning

2

MUSC 5BWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Intermediate

2

MUSC 5CWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Advanced

2

MUSC 8ABeginning Balinese Gamelan

2

MUSC 8BAdvanced Balinese Gamelan

2

MUSC 9Wind Ensemble

2

MUSC 10Central Asian Ensemble

2

MUSC 12Mariachi Ensemble

2

MUSC 12BMexican Folklorico Music and Dance

2

MUSC 53ABeginning Ghanaian Ensemble

2

MUSC 54North Indian Music Workshop

2

MUSC 55Rhythms of North India

2

MUSC 55AIntermediate Rhythms of North India

2

MUSC 70Hip Hop's Global Inclusiveness & African Roots

2

MUSC 73Music and the Ocean

3

MUSC 74Beginning Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

5

MUSC 20CBeginning Jazz Theory

5

MUSC 77Raga Jazz: Application of Indian Music to Western Instruments

5

MUSC 78Popular and Raga-Based Songs of South Asia

2

MUSC 71Laptop Music

5

MUSC 102University Orchestra

2

MUSC 103University Concert Choir

2

MUSC 129Live Electroacoustic Music Ensemble

2

MUSC 150JIntermediate Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

5

MUSC 158South African Music Ensemble

2

MUSC 163Early Music Band

2

MUSC 164Jazz Combos

2

MUSC 165Chamber Music Workshop

2

MUSC 166Chamber Singers

2

MUSC 167Workshop in Electronic Music

2

MUSC 167RRecording Workshop

2

MUSC 168Experimental Music Ensemble

2

MUSC 203HArea Studies in Performance Practice

5

MUSC 267
/DANM 267
Workshop in Computer Music and Visualization

2

Graduate-Level Research Requirement

Students in the Global Musics concentration are also required to take one graduate-level course. Students may select from a range of courses focused on developing research skills, or seminars providing cross-cultural foundations in social and music theory.

MUSC 200 cannot be double counted if taken to satisfy the Research Project option within the Comprehensive Requirement.

MUSC 200Introduction to Research Methods

5

MUSC 203GConcepts, Issues, and the Practice of Ethnomusicology

5

MUSC 253AHistorical Perspectives in Musicology and Ethnomusicology

5

MUSC 253BRhythm, Time, and Form

5

MUSC 253CMusic and Discourse

5

MUSC 253DIssues in the Ethnography of Music

5

MUSC 228Techniques of Modernity and Aesthetic Formations

5

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division disciplinary communication (DC) requirement.

The DC requirement for the global musics concentration of the music B.A. degree is satisfied by completing one of the following courses. Some courses may already be core or elective requirements for the major track, meaning students would satisfy the DC requirement through the natural progression of their degree.

MUSC 101AWestern Music History (c. 1150 - 1750)

5

MUSC 101BWestern Music History (1750-1910)

5

MUSC 101CWestern Music History (1910-present)

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

Comprehensive Requirement

The senior comprehensive requirement (capstone) is a two-part requirement that is satisfied by 1) enrollment in one of the course listed below, and 2) an independent study course with your faculty advisor. The options for senior capstones focus in two areas: research project or creative portfolio project.

The research project option requires a 15-25 page research paper, which is accomplished by taking the independent study course MUSC 195A (Senior Thesis) with their faculty advisor, concurrently with one of the listed research courses.

The creative portfolio option requires either a senior composition or recital, both accompanied by a 7-10 page short thesis. If a student chooses to do the creative portfolio options, they must concurrently enroll in the independent study course MUSC 196A (Global Musics Capstone) with their faculty advisor.

Research Project

Choose one of the following courses. Cannot double count with modular or upper-division electives.

MUSC 200 cannot be double counted if taken to satisfy the Graduate-Level Research Requirement.

MUSC 101EMusics of South and Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 101HMusic of Insular Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105EEarly Keyboard Music

5

MUSC 105H
/DANM 205H
Hip Hop Music and Culture in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105IImprovisation and Collaborative Practices in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105OOpera from Peri to Pergolesi

5

MUSC 105PThe Piano

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105RHistory of Russian Music

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 105VMexican Music and Conviviality

5

MUSC 199Tutorial

5

MUSC 200Introduction to Research Methods

5

Take concurrently with selected course above

Students that select the research option for their capstone must also enroll in:

MUSC 195ASenior Thesis

5

Creative Portfolio Project

Choose one of the following courses. This course cannot double count with modular electives, unless the course is repeatable for credit and is taken more than once.

MUSC 120Seminar in Music Composition

5

MUSC 150AMusic Analysis for Performers

5

MUSC 150BMusic Analysis and Composition

5

MUSC 150CTonal Counterpoint

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 150IHindustani Music Theory

5

MUSC 150NNoise, Music, Politics

5

MUSC 150P20th-Century Popular Song

5

MUSC 150RField Recording: Mapping and Composing Sound, Identity, and Place

5

MUSC 150SFocus on Spontaneous Composition

5

MUSC 150TPost Tonal Analysis

5

MUSC 150XTheoretical Practices of American Music

5

MUSC 199Tutorial

5

MUSC 203HArea Studies in Performance Practice

5

Take concurrently with selected course above

Students that select the creative portfolio option for their capstone must also enroll in:

MUSC 196ASenior Recital Preparation (without individual lessons)

5

Planners

The tables below are for informational purposes and do not reflect all university, general education, and credit requirements. See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for more information.

In addition to core curriculum requirements for the Global Musics Concentration, students must also complete three modules. Each module will consist of:

  • a lower-division MUSC 11, MUSC 80, or MUSC 81-series course specific to each module (three total)

  • an upper-division MUSC 101, MUSC 105, MUSC 150, or MUSC 180 course specific to each module (three total)

  • two quarters of performing ensemble or performance practice workshop specific to each module (six total)

Four-Year Plan for Incoming Frosh

Year

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Entering College 1A
Summer Edge (optional)
1st
(frosh)
MUSC 20A MUSC 20B Module: Lower-div 1
Module: Ensemble 1 Module: Ensemble 1 Elective ensemble
WRIT 1/WRIT 1E (if needed)
2nd
(soph)
MUSC 14 Module: Upper-div 1 (D.C. possible) Elective: Upper-div (D.C. poss.)
Module: Ensemble 2 Module: Lower-div 2
WRIT 2* Module: Ensemble 2 Elective ensemble
3rd (jr) Module: Lower-div 3 Module: Upper-div 2(D.C. poss.) Module: Upper-div 3 (D.C. poss.)
Elective: Upper-div (D.C. poss.)
Module: Ensemble 3 Module: Ensemble 3 Elective ensemble
4th (sr) Research Foundations Elective: Upper-div (D.C. poss.) Capstone: Upper-div (D.C. poss.)
Capstone: MUSC 195A or MUSC 196A

* WRIT 2 should be taken in or before spring quarter of the second year.

Two-Year Plan for Transfer Students

Year

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Entering College 1A
Summer Edge (optional)
1st
(jr)
MUSC 20A MUSC 20B Module: Upper-div 1 (D.C. possible)
Module: Lower-div 1 Module: Lower-div 2 Module: Upper-div 2 (D.C. poss.)
Module: Lower-div 1 Module: Ensemble 1 Elective ensemble
Elective ensemble Module: Ensemble 2 Module: Ensemble 2
2nd
(sr)
MUSC 14 Elective: Upper-div (D.C. poss.) Capstone: MUSC 195A/MUSC 196A
Module: Lower-div 3 Elective: Upper-div (D.C. poss.) Capstone: Upper-div (D.C. poss.)
Research Foundations Module: Upper-div 3 (D.C. poss.) Elective: Upper-div (D.C. poss.)
Module: Ensemble 3 Module: Ensemble 3 Elective ensemble

General Education (GE) Codes

MUSC 11, MUSC 80 and MUSC 81 series courses will fulfill a variety of GE requirements including: IM, CC, ER, MF, PE-E, PE-H, PE-T, and PR-C.

MUSC 150C, MUSC 150P, MUSC 150T, MUSC 150X fulfill the IM GE requirement. MUSC 150I fulfills the CC GE.

Most, but not all, ensembles satisfy the PR-C or PR-E code GE requirement. Students should check to confirm which courses from the ensembles course list satisfy GE codes.

Students must complete all other general education requirements.

Transfer Student Progress

Some courses from the MUSC 11, MUSC 80, and MUSC 81 series, along with some performing ensembles, can be articulated from courses taken at other institutions. Please email music@ucsc.edu with any questions about course articulations/substitutions.

Western Art Music Concentration

Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

Take each of the following courses:
MUSC 30ATheory, Literature, and Musicianship I

5

MUSC 30BTheory, Literature, and Musicianship II

5

MUSC 30CTheory, Literature, and Musicianship III

5

The following courses should be taken concurrently with the MUSC 30 sequence:
MUSC 31Ear Training

2

MUSC 60Fundamental Keyboard Skills

2

MUSC 60 enrollment may be waived by instructor approval, or if the student is taking piano lessons from a UC Santa Cruz instructor.

Upper-Division Courses

Upper-Division History/Culture

Take all of these courses

MUSC 101AWestern Music History (c. 1150 - 1750)

5

MUSC 101BWestern Music History (1750-1910)

5

MUSC 101CWestern Music History (1910-present)

5

Plus one of these courses
MUSC 101EMusics of South and Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 101HMusic of Insular Southeast Asia

5

And one of these courses
MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105EEarly Keyboard Music

5

MUSC 105H
/DANM 205H
Hip Hop Music and Culture in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105IImprovisation and Collaborative Practices in the 20th Century

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105OOpera from Peri to Pergolesi

5

MUSC 105PThe Piano

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105RHistory of Russian Music

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 105VMexican Music and Conviviality

5

Upper-Division Theory
Take this course
MUSC 150HHarmony & Form in 19th-century Western Art Music

5

Plus one of these courses
MUSC 150AMusic Analysis for Performers

5

MUSC 150BMusic Analysis and Composition

5

MUSC 150CTonal Counterpoint

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

MUSC 150IHindustani Music Theory

5

MUSC 150JIntermediate Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation

5

MUSC 150KIntermediate Jazz Theory

5

MUSC 150NNoise, Music, Politics

5

MUSC 150P20th-Century Popular Song

5

MUSC 150RField Recording: Mapping and Composing Sound, Identity, and Place

5

MUSC 150SFocus on Spontaneous Composition

5

MUSC 150TPost Tonal Analysis

5

MUSC 150XTheoretical Practices of American Music

5

Upper-Division Elective

Students can fulfill their Upper-Division Elective by taking:

  • One additional class from the MUSC 150 series;
  • One addition class from the MUSC 101 series; or
  • One of the courses below:
MUSC 121BOrchestration

5

MUSC 122Conducting

2

MUSC 123BElectronic Music: Synthesis & Composition II

5

Performing Ensembles

Music B.A. (Western Art Music) students are expected to complete six quarters of performing ensembles on their primary instrument or voice.

All ensembles are 2 credits each and may be repeated for credit.

A maximum of one ensemble per quarter can be counted toward fulfillment of the total six quarter requirement. If two ensembles in one quarter need to be taken to meet time to degree plans approval can be requested to the department Curriculum Committee by email to music@ucsc.edu.

MUSC 1CUniversity Concert Choir

2

MUSC 2University Orchestra

2

MUSC 3Large Jazz Ensemble

2

MUSC 5AWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Beginning

2

MUSC 5BWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Intermediate

2

MUSC 5CWest Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Advanced

2

MUSC 8ABeginning Balinese Gamelan

2

MUSC 8BAdvanced Balinese Gamelan

2

MUSC 9Wind Ensemble

2

MUSC 10Central Asian Ensemble

2

MUSC 12Mariachi Ensemble

2

MUSC 102University Orchestra

2

MUSC 103University Concert Choir

2

MUSC 158South African Music Ensemble

2

MUSC 163Early Music Band

2

MUSC 164Jazz Combos

2

MUSC 165Chamber Music Workshop

2

MUSC 166Chamber Singers

2

MUSC 168Experimental Music Ensemble

2

Individual Applied Lessons

Music B.A. (Western Art Music) students are expected to complete six quarters of applied lessons on their primary instrument or voice.

Students can contact the applied instrument instructor of their primary instrument to arrange an audition prior to the start of the quarter. Applied instrument instructor emails are listed on the Music Department website.

Students should work with the applied instructor of their primary instrument to determine which of the courses listed would be appropriate.

The lessons carry an additional course fee. Concurrent enrollment in an appropriate ensemble is required. Consult the Music Student Handbook for more details.

MUSC 61Individual Lessons: Half Hour

2

MUSC 62Individual Lessons: One Hour

3

MUSC 161Individual Lessons: One Hour

3

MUSC 161AIndividual Lessons: Half Hour

2

MUSC 162Advanced Individual Lessons: One Hour

5

MUSC 196BSenior Recital Preparation (with individual lessons)

5

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division disciplinary communication (DC) requirement.

The DC requirement for the western art music concentration of the music B.A. degree is satisfied by completing one of the following courses. Some courses may already be core or elective requirements for the major track, meaning students would satisfy the DC requirement through the natural progression of their degree.

MUSC 101AWestern Music History (c. 1150 - 1750)

5

MUSC 101BWestern Music History (1750-1910)

5

MUSC 101CWestern Music History (1910-present)

5

MUSC 101FMusics of Africa and the Americas

5

MUSC 101GMusics of Central Asia

5

MUSC 105AMusic of the United States

5

MUSC 105CFolk and Traditional Music in California

5

MUSC 105MSolo Song: from Monophony to Monody

5

MUSC 105QThe String Quartet from Haydn to the Present

5

MUSC 105TTuning and Acoustics Through Monophony, Heterophony, and Polyphony

5

MUSC 150DTheory of Southeast Asia

5

Comprehensive Requirement

To fulfill the the comprehensive requirement, students may either take an additional MUSC 105-series course, or the following course:

MUSC 120Seminar in Music Composition

5

Planners

The tables below are for informational purposes and do not reflect all university, general education, and credit requirements. See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for more information.

Four-Year Plan for Incoming Frosh

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Entering College 1A
Summer Edge (optional)
1st (frosh) MUSC 11A
(recommended)
MUSC 14
College 1 WRIT 1/WRIT 1E (if needed)
2nd (soph) MUSC 30A*/MUSC 31 &
MUSC 60
MUSC 30B/MUSC 31 &
MUSC 60
MUSC 30C/MUSC 31 &
MUSC 60
WRIT 2*** MUSC 101A MUSC 101B
Individual Lessons1 Individual Lessons Individual Lessons
Ensemble2 Ensemble2 Ensemble2
3rd (junior) MUSC 150H* MUSC 105 MUSC 150
MUSC 101C
Individual Lessons Individual Lessons Individual Lessons
Ensemble2 Ensemble2 Ensemble2
4th (senior) MUSC 121B** MUSC 120 MUSC 101E

* Indicates a performance jury requirement at the end of the quarter.

** Select from the following list of options to fulfill this requirement: one additional class from the MUSC 150 or MUSC 180 series, MUSC 121B, MUSC 122, or MUSC 124.

*** WRIT 2 should be taken in or before spring quarter of the second year.

1Students fulfill the individual lessons requirement by taking one of the following courses: MUSC 61, MUSC 62, or MUSC 161.

General Education (GE) Codes

MUSC 11A will fulfill the IM GE requirement.

2Most, but not all, ensembles satisfy the PR-C or PR-E code GE requirement. Students should check to confirm which courses from the ensembles course list satisfy GE codes.

MUSC 150H will fulfill the MF GE requirement.

Students must complete all other general education requirements.

Two-Year Plan for Transfer Students

The following two-year plan assumes that the student places into MUSC 30A and has completed most GE requirements.

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Entering KRSG 1T
Summer Edge (optional)
1st (jr) MUSC 30A*/MUSC 31 &
MUSC 60
MUSC 30B/MUSC 31 &
MUSC 60
MUSC 30C/MUSC 31 &
MUSC 60
MUSC 101A MUSC 101B
Individual Lessons1 Individual Lessons1 Individual Lessons1
Ensemble2 Ensemble2 Ensemble2
2nd (sr) MUSC 150H* MUSC 105 MUSC 150
MUSC 101C MUSC 120 MUSC 101G
MUSC 121B
Individual Lessons1 Individual Lessons1 Individual Lessons1
Ensemble2 Ensemble2 Ensemble2

* Indicates a performance jury requirement at the end of the quarter.

1Students fulfill the individual lessons requirement by taking one of the following courses: MUSC 61, MUSC 62, or MUSC 161.

General Education Codes

MUSC 11A will fulfill the IM GE requirement.

2Most, but not all, ensembles satisfy the PR-C or PR-E GE requirement. Students should check to confirm which courses from the ensembles course list satisfy GE codes. .

Students must complete all other GE requirements.