Music

What is a Major in Music?
 
UCSB’s Department of Music trains musicians and scholars of the highest caliber. Students develop their talents to the fullest, training to become performers, composers, music historians, music theorists or ethnomusicologists.
 
The Department of Music curriculum includes undergraduate courses which lead to completion of either of two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies, or the Bachelor of Music, which is a professional degree in performance or composition. The undergraduate major programs are designed to serve as background for professional careers in music, as preparation for graduate studies, or as an area of concentration for a liberal arts education.
 
The Department offers two undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Music (BM) with various
 performance emphases, and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Music Studies Major. When you submit an application for admission, you simply declare Music as your desired major: admission to the specific degree program (BA or BM) and emphasis will be determined later by the Department of Music. Applicants may audition simultaneously for both a BM emphasis and the same performance class within the BA Music Studies major, and will later be informed into which performance program (if either) they have been admitted. Transfer applicants should see the Guidance for Music Transfer Students, available from the department, for information concerning transferred credit and advanced placement. See the UCSB General Catalog Music pages online for full details of the major course requirements. 

 

 

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