Music / Undergraduate Study

Music Education BA

Capstone Major

Learning Outcomes

The Music Education major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated artistic proficiency on a primary instrument or in voice
  • Demonstrated excellent aural musicianship skills and a working knowledge of music theory and music history
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a varied repertory of music that includes Western, non-Western, and popular musical genres
  • Pedagogical skills, assessment strategies, and musical leadership abilities in classroom, instrumental, and choral settings
  • Demonstrated basic skills in secondary performance areas and music technology
  • Identification and description of major concepts and theories of educational psychology
  • Flexibility necessary to teach music in traditional and non-traditional settings


Applicants are required to audition in their primary performance medium and interview with the music education faculty.

Preparation for the Major

All entering freshmen are required to take the Music Theory Assessment Examination either during New Student Orientation or during zero week of fall quarter. The examination score is used to determine eligibility and placement in first-year music core courses (Music M6A, M6B, M6C and 20A, 20B, 20C). Examination results may require enrollment in Music 3 as a requisite to both courses M6A and 20A. Entering transfer students with fewer than 15 units of prior music theory must take the Music Theory Assessment Examination.

Required: Music M6A, M6B, M6C, with grades of C− or better, 20A, 20B, 20C, with grades of C or better, 12 units from courses 60A through 65, and three years (18 units) of performance organizations (courses C90A through 90N and C90Q through 90S), as assigned by the chair or music education faculty member. In addition, students are required to take one college year — or at least one course at level three — of French, German, Italian, or Spanish, which may be used to fulfill the school language requirement.

The Major

Required: (1) music core — Music 120A, 120B, 120C, 140A, 140B, 140C, with grades of C or better, three courses (6 units) from 160A through 165; (2) music education — Music 110A, 110B, 110C, 110D, 114A, 114B, 115A, 115B, 116, 117, 119A, 119B, 119C. A capstone senior recital, that may be held as early as fall quarter of the junior year, is also required.