Music Major Requirements

For course descriptions and prerequisites please see the music section of the college catalog by clicking here. Some courses are offered every semester, some once per year, and some are offered every year.

Bachelor of Arts

Liberal Arts Track: 48 units

Required Lower-Division Courses: 10 units
MU 010 Principles of Music I (4)
MU 012 Principles of Music II (4)
MU 015 Conducting (2)

Required Upper-Division Courses: 26 units
MU 110 Principles of Music III (4)
MU 112 Principles of Music IV (4)
MU 120 History of Western Music I (4)
MU 121 History of Western Music II (4)
ART 131 Theory and Criticism in the Arts (4)
Upper-Division MU Electives (4)
Upper-Division MU or MUA Elective (2)

Required Applied Music Courses: 12 units
Private Instruction: A minimum of 6 semesters in one area.
MUA 030/130 Private Composition (1/2)
MUA 040/140 Private Organ (1/2)
MUA 050/150 Private Piano (1/2)
MUA 060/160 Private Guitar (1/2)
MUA 070/170 Private Voice (1/2)
MUA 080/180 Private Orchestral Instrument (1/2)
Ensembles: A minimum of 6 units in a major ensemble.
MUA 071/171 College Choir (1)
MUA 073/173 Men's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 074/174 Women's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 081/181 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUA 082/182 Jazz Ensemble (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 083/183 Orchestra (1)

Music Performance Track: 58 units

Required Lower-Division Courses: 10 units
MU 010 Principles of Music I (4)
MU 012 Principles of Music II (4)
MU 015 Conducting (2)

Required Upper-Division Courses: 26 units
MU 110 Principles of Music III (4)
MU 112 Principles of Music IV (4)
MU 120 History of Western Music I (4)
MU 121 History of Western Music II (4)
ART 131 Theory and Criticism in the Arts (4)
MU 193 Senior Recital (2)
Upper-Division MU Electives (4)

Required Applied Music Courses: 22 units
Private Instruction: 16 units with a minimum of 12 units in one area.
MUA 030/130 Private Composition (1/2)
MUA 040/140 Private Organ (1/2)
MUA 050/150 Private Piano (1/2)
MUA 055/155 Private Harp (1/2)
MUA 060/160 Private Guitar (1/2)
MUA 070/170 Private Voice (1/2)
MUA 080/180 Private Orchestral Instrument (1/2)
Ensembles: A minimum of 6 units in a major ensemble.
MUA 071/171 College Choir (1)
MUA 073/173 Men's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 074/174 Women's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 081/181 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUA 082/182 Jazz Ensemble (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 083/183 Orchestra (1)

Music Composition Track: 56 units

Required Lower-Division Courses: 10 units
MU 010 Principles of Music I (4)
MU 012 Principles of Music II (4)
MU 015 Conducting (2)

Required Upper-Division Courses: 24 units
MU 110 Principles of Music III (4)
MU 112 Principles of Music IV (4)
MU 120 History of Western Music I (4)
MU 121 History of Western Music II (4)
ART 131 Theory and Criticism in the Arts (4)
Upper-Division MU Electives (4)

Required Applied Music Courses: 22 units
Private Instruction: 16 units with a minimum of 12 of those units in composition.
MUA 030/130 Private Composition (1/2)
MUA 040/140 Private Organ (1/2)
MUA 050/150 Private Piano (1/2)
MUA 055/155 Private Harp (1/2)
MUA 060/160 Private Guitar (1/2)
MUA 070/170 Private Voice (1/2)
MUA 080/180 Private Orchestral Instrument (1/2)
Ensembles: A minimum of 6 units in a major ensemble.
MUA 071/171 College Choir (1)
MUA 073/173 Men's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 074/174 Women's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 081/181 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUA 082/182 Jazz Ensemble (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 083/183 Orchestra (1)

Worship Leadership Track: 61 units

Required Lower-Division Courses: 10 units
MU 010 Principles of Music I (4)
MU 012 Principles of Music II (4)
MU 015 Conducting (2)

Required Upper-Division Courses: 39 units
ART 131 Theory and Criticism in the Arts (4)
MU 110 Principles of Music III (4)
MU 112 Principles of Music IV (4)
MU 117 Orchestration and Arranging (4)
MU 120 History of Western Music I (4)
MU 121 History of Western Music II (4)
MU 122 Music in the Worshipping Church (4)
MU 190 Worship Leadership Practicum (3)
One each in the context of:

  • The Westmont Chapel program (which may include membership on the Worship Team)
  • A historic liturgical church setting
  • A contemporary evangelical church setting

Upper-Division MU Electives (4)
RS 151 History of World Christianity (4)

Required Applied Music Courses: 12 units
Private Instruction: A minimum of 6 semesters in one area.
MUA 030/130 Private Composition (1/2)
MUA 040/140 Private Organ (1/2)
MUA 050/150 Private Piano (1/2)
MUA 060/160 Private Guitar (1/2)
MUA 070/170 Private Voice (1/2)
MUA 080/180 Private Orchestral Instrument (1/2)
Ensembles: A minimum of 6 units in a major ensemble.
MUA 071/171 College Choir (1)
MUA 073/173 Men's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 074/174 Women's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 081/181 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUA 082/182 Jazz Ensemble (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 083/183 Orchestra (1)

Note: Students are encouraged to consider one elective from each of the two groupings of RS courses listed below to experience a more in depth theological and historical perspective:

  • RS Elective from among RS 119, 120, 121, 122, 123
  • RS or Art Elective either RS 125 or 127 or ART 133

and are highly advised to elect PHY 007 for the 4-unit MU elective in the Major requirements which also fulfills the GE Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning component, and RS 103 Apologetics which also fulfills GE Reasoning Abstractly component.

It is also recommended that students consider exploring electives in public speaking and rhetoric with particular consideration of:

  • COM 015 Public Speaking
  • COM 115 Advanced Public Speaking
  • COM 127 Group Communication and Leadership
  • COM 129 Persuasion and Propaganda

Students will be required to pass a basic proficiency exam on Guitar, and Organ in addition to the piano proficiency exam required of all majors.

 

Bachelor of Music Education

A Total of 126 units (including general education courses) are required on this degree

Required Lower Division Courses: 10 units
MU 010 Principles of Music I (4)
MU 012 Principles of Music II (4)
MU 015 Conducting (2)

Required Upper Division Courses: 50 units
ED 101 Introduction to teaching (4)
ED 161 Computers in the Classroom (2)
ENG 106 Language Acquisition (4)
MU 110 Principles of Music III (4)
MU 112 Principles of Music IV (4)
MU 115 Advanced Conducting (2)
MU 120 History of Western Music I (4)
MU 121 History of Western Music II (4)
MU 123 Survey of World Music (4)

MU Pedagogy Courses (6)

  • MU 165 Brass Instrument Techniques (1)
  • MU 166 Woodwind Instrument Techniques (1)
  • MU 167 String Instrument Techniques (1)
  • MU 168 Percussion Instrument Techniques (1)
  • MU 175 Vocal Techniques (2)

MU 184 Music For Children (4)
MU 185 Music in the Secondary Schools (4)
PHY 007 Physics of Music (4)

Required Applied Music Courses 18 units
Private Instruction: A minimum of 7 semesters in one area.
MUA 030/130 Private Composition (1/2)
MUA 040/140 Private Organ (1/2)
MUA 050/150 Private Piano (1/2)
MUA 060/160 Private Guitar (1/2)
MUA 070/170 Private Voice (1/2)
MUA 080/180 Private Orchestral Instrument (1/2)
And at least 2 units in voice for instrumentalists or an instrument for singers
Ensembles: A minimum of 8 units in a major ensemble.
MUA 071/171 College Choir (1)
MUA 073/173 Men's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 074/174 Women's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 081/181 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUA 083/183 Orchestra (1)
1 semester of Jazz Ensemble is Required
MUA 082/182 Jazz Ensemble (1)

5th Year Credential Program: 32 Units
A post-baccalaureate credential program is offered that includes the following 32 units of courses offered through the Education Department to qualify for the CA State credential certification exams:

Required courses:
ED 105 Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Education (4)
ED 111 Educational Psychology ␣ Secondary (4)
ED 130 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
ED 151 Curriculum, Classroom Management, and Instruction ␣ Secondary (2)
ED 171 Content Area Literacy ␣ Secondary (3)
ED 191 Student Teaching Secondary (12)
ED 196 Student Teaching Seminar Secondary (3)
KNS 156 Health Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)

 

Music Minor: 24 units

MU 010 Principles of Music I (4)
MU 012 Principles of Music II (4)
Four units of the following:
MU 020 Survey of Music (4)
MU 120 History of Western Music I (4)
MU 121 History of Western Music II (4)
Private Lessons: Four semesters of the following areas:
MUA 030/130 Private Composition (1/2)
MUA 040/140 Private Organ (1/2)
MUA 050/150 Private Piano (1/2)
MUA 055/155 Private Harp (1/2)
MUA 060/160 Private Guitar (1/2)
MUA 070/170 Private Voice (1/2)
MUA 080/180 Private Orchestral Instrument (1/2)
Ensembles: Four units in a major ensemble:
MUA 071/171 College Choir (1)
MUA 073/173 Men's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 074/174 Women's Chorale (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 081/181 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUA 082/182 Jazz Ensemble (1) (Up to 2 units may count toward major ensemble requirement.)
MUA 083/183 Chamber Orchestra (1)
MU Electives: (4)