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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. 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 more than a maximum of 96 units.

Music Education: Instrumental Music and Choral-Vocal Music Options

Core Requirements

Music History and Literature:

Take the following:

  • MUS 190* Listener's Approach to Music (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1) or another GE Foundation course.
  • MUS 490* Introduction to Music Cultures (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.

*Section by advisement, double-counts as GE - C.1

Take two of the following courses:

  • MUS 160 History of Music: Baroque/Classical (3)
    Prerequisite: MUS 190.
  • MUS 360 History of Music: Medieval/Renaissance (3)
    Prerequisites: MUS 190.
  • MUS 374 History of Music: 19th/20th Century (3)
    Prerequisites: MUS 190, MUS 160 or consent of instructor.

Music Theory:

Take all of the following:

  • MUS 141A Musicianship I (2)
    Corequisite: MUS 142A.
  • MUS 141B Musicianship II (2)
    Prerequisite: MUS 141A or satisfactory score on theory placement test. Corequisite: MUS 142B.
  • MUS 142A Harmony I (3)
    Corequisite: MUS 141A.
  • MUS 142B Harmony II (3)
    Prerequisites: MUS 141A and MUS 142A or satisfactory score in theory placement test. Corequisite: MUS 141B.
  • MUS 240 Advanced Musicianship (2)
    Prerequisite: MUS 141B
  • MUS 341 Form and Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: MUS 142B or consent of instructor.
  • MUS 342 Materials of Modern Music (3)
    Prerequisite: MUS 341.

Major Performance Organization:

Take a minimum of 6 Units from the following:

  • MUS 100 (4), MUS 300 (2)


  • MUS 323 Junior Recital (1)
    Prerequisites: MUS 341, MUS 342. Corequisite: MUS 429.

Keyboard Proficiency:

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

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