Music Programs Offered

The Music Department is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1972.

Bachelor of Music

Three concentrations exist within the Bachelor of Music.

The applied music concentration is intended for students who show special aptitude for careers as performers. It is expected that a student graduating in applied music will have reached a level of at least semiprofessional competence.
Lower-division students are admitted to the applied music con- centration on the basis of faculty recommendation. Admission to the upper-division is by a juried audition for performers and a portfolio review for composers. These take place at the end of the sopho- more year (or, for transfer students, prior to entering the junior year).

The Applied Music Concentration is intended for those having a special interest and promise in the following areas:
• Vocal/Choral Performance • Instrumental Performance • Opera/Music Theatre • Composition and Music Technology • World Music Studies

Degree Requirements

General education 45 units
Major requirements 68 units
Preparatory and/or Electives 7 units
total units needed for graduation 120 units

Requirements for the Major

The courses listed below constitute the liberal arts concentration in music. A student satisfactorily completing these courses, along with other University requirements, will earn a B.A. with a major in music. All students are encouraged to consult an advisor about arranging individually tailored programs of study.

Complete all the following:

Preparatory (credit not applicable toward major; students may challenge by exam)

MUS 106 Fundamentals
MUS 109 Intensive Keyboard Lab I
MUS 209 Intensive Keyboard Lab II

Theory/Musicianship (20)

MUS 110 Theory I: Diatonicism
MUS 210 Theory II: Chromaticism
MUS 310 Theory III: Form and Analysis
MUS 410 Theory IV: 20th Century Techniques
MUS 120 Ear Training I
MUS 220 Ear Training II
MUS 320 Ear Training III
MUS 420 Ear Training IV

History/Literature (16)

MUS 150 Survey of U.S. Music (GE, Area C1)
MUS 251 History of Western Music - Ancient World to 1750
MUS 252 History of Western Music - 1750 to the Present
MUS 300 Seminar (various topics)
MUS 350 Survey of World Music (GE, Area C3)

Applied Skills (5)

Two of the following four courses: (2 units)

MUS 292 Jazz Piano I
MUS 392 Jazz Piano II
MUS 309A Keyboard Proficiency Lab
MUS 309B Keyboard Proficiency Lab
MUS 491 Senior Recital

Private instruction (each semester in residence) Transfer students must take lessons for every semester in residence.

Repertory Class or Forum (each semester in residence) Transfer students must take rep/forum every semester in residence.

The Jazz Studies Concentration trains the student in the techniques and practices of contemporary jazz styles.

Degree Requirements

General education 45 units
Major requirements 68 units
Electives 7 units
units needed for graduation 120

Requirements For the Major

The jazz studies concentration is designed to furnish the training and background needed for students seeking to work as jazz performers, arrangers, composers, or teachers.
Students planning to pursue careers as jazz performers should take private instruction in their major instrument or in voice as a part of their program. These students normally enroll each semester in at least one music department ensemble appropriate to their area of interest. They should also seek opportunities for performance off campus in a wide variety of performing environments.

Complete all the following:

Preparatory (credit not applicable toward major; students may challenge by exam)
MUS 106 Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUS 109 Intensive Keyboard Lab I
MUS 120 Ear Training I
MUS 189 Jazz Improvisation I
MUS 209 Intensive Keyboard Lab II

Theory/Musicianship (15)

MUS 110 Theory I
MUS 212 Jazz Harmony and Arranging I
MUS 312 Jazz Harmony and Arranging II
MUS 220 Ear Training II
MUS 320 Ear Training III
MUS 420 Ear Training IV

History/Literature (12)

MUS 252 History of Western Music - 1750 to the Present
MUS 342 History of Jazz

And two of the following four courses: (6 units)
MUS 150 Survey of U.S. Music (satisfies GE, C1)
MUS 251 History of Western Music - Ancient World to 1750
MUS 300 Seminar (various topics)
MUS 350 Survey of World Music (satisfies GE, C4)

Applied Skills (16)

MUS 292 Jazz Piano I
MUS 289 Jazz Improvisation II
MUS 392 Jazz Piano II
MUS 412 Jazz Composition
MUS 389 Jazz Improvisation III
MUS 489 Jazz Improvisation IV
MUS 490 Senior Project

Music Electives (minimum of 3 units)

Private Instruction (each semester in residence)
Jazz Forum (each semester in residence)

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a Professional Program equivalent to that of the Bachelor of Music Education, which provides the skills necessary for teaching music in public or private schools in California. It is recommended for anyone planning a teaching career in music.

The program consists of a core of basic Music major requirements, plus specialized courses for prospective teachers of vocal, instrumental, and general music in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.

Degree Requirements

General education (including 6 units in music) 51 units
Major requirements (86 units minus 6 units) 80 units
Preparatory 0-7 units
total units needed for graduation 131-137

Complete all the following:

Preparatory (credit not applicable toward major; students may challenge by exam)

MUS 106 Fundamentals
MUS 109 Intensive Keyboard Lab I
MUS 209 Intensive Keyboard Lab II

Theory/Musicianship (20

MUS 110 Theory I: Diatonicism
MUS 210 Theory II: Chromaticism
MUS 310 Theory III: Form and Analysis
MUS 410 Theory IV: 20th Century Techniques
MUS 120 Ear Training I
MUS 220 Ear Training II
MUS 320 Ear Training III
MUS 420 Ear Training IV

History/Literature (16)

MUS 150 Survey of U.S. Music (GE, Area C1) or MUS 343 History of Jazz
MUS 251 History of Western Music - Ancient World to 1750
MUS 252 History of Western Music - 1750 to the Present
MUS 350 Survey of World Music (GE, Area C3)

Applied Skills (20)

MUS 259 Music Technology; Tools and Applcations
MUS 289 Jazz Improvisation I
MUS 314 Orchestration
MUS 400 Music In The Classroom
MUS 401 Conducting Technique
MUS 402 Choral Conducting and Methods
MUS 403 Instrumental Conducting and Methods
MUS 491 Senior Recital

Two of the following four courses: (2 units)

MUS 292 Jazz Piano I
MUS 392 Jazz Piano II
MUS 309A Keyboard Proficiency Lab
MUS 309B Keyboard Proficiency Lab

Methods Courses (7)

MUS 415 Vocal Methods
MUS 418 Guitar Methods
MUS 422 String Methods
MUS 423 Woodwind Methods
MUS 424 Brass Methods
MUS 429 Percussion Methods
MUS 440 Proficiency Jury

Private instruction (each semester in residence) Transfer students must take lessons for every semester in residence.

Repertory Class or Forum (each semester in residence) Transfer students must take rep/forum every semester in residence.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Director of Music Education, Dr. Andy Collinsworth at racworth@sonoma.edu or (707) 664-4154

School of Education Single Subject Credential Program in Music (PDF)

CCTC Standards (PDF)

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music Liberal Studies

The Liberal Arts Music deg provides a broad basis from which a student may pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers.

Liberal Arts Music Degree

The Liberal Arts Music Concentration provides a broad basis from which a student may pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers.

Degree Requirements

General education 45 units
Major requirements 68 units
Preparatory and/or Electives 7 units
total units needed for graduation 120 units

Requirements for the Major

The courses listed below constitute the liberal arts concentration in music. A student satisfactorily completing these courses, along with other University requirements, will earn a B.A. with a major in music. All students are encouraged to consult an advisor about arranging individually tailored programs of study.

Complete all the following:

Preparatory (credit not applicable toward major; students may challenge by exam)

MUS 106 Fundamentals
MUS 109 Intensive Keyboard Lab I
MUS 209 Intensive Keyboard Lab II

Theory/Musicianship (20)

MUS 110 Theory I: Diatonicism
MUS 210 Theory II: Chromaticism
MUS 310 Theory III: Form and Analysis
MUS 410 Theory IV: 20th Century Techniques
MUS 120 Ear Training I
MUS 220 Ear Training II
MUS 320 Ear Training III
MUS 420 Ear Training IV

History/Literature (16)

MUS 150 Survey of U.S. Music (GE, Area C1)
MUS 251 History of Western Music - Ancient World to 1750
MUS 252 History of Western Music - 1750 to the Present
MUS 300 Seminar (various topics)
MUS 350 Survey of World Music (GE, Area C3)

Two of the following four courses: (2 units)

MUS 292 Jazz Piano I
MUS 392 Jazz Piano II
MUS 309A Keyboard Proficiency Lab
MUS 309B Keyboard Proficiency Lab
MUS 490 Senior Project

Music Electives (minimum of 5 units)

Private instruction (each semester in residence) Transfer students must take lessons for every semester in residence.

Repertory Class or Forum (each semester in residence) Transfer students must take rep/forum every semester in residence.

 

The Music Department offers three minors—the Liberal Arts Music minor, Jazz Studies Music minor, and World Music (Ethnomusicol- ogy) minor. Students contemplating a minor in music should consult the Music Department for advising early in their academic careers. At least 6 units of the minor must be completed at Sonoma State University.

Requirements for the Music Minor

Liberal Arts Concentration(Minor)

Complete all the following:
MUS 105 Music Theory for Non-Majors or MUS 106 Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUS 110 Theory I: Diatonicism
MUS 120 Ear Training I
Ensemble Couese (4 units)
Music Electives (2 units)

And one of the following courses: (3 units)

MUS 150 Survey of U.S. Music
MUS 250 Survey of European Music
MUS 251 Ancient World to 1750
MUS 252 History of Western Music - 1750 to the Present

Jazz Studies Minor

Complete all the following
MUS 110 Theory IDiatonicism
MUS 120 Ear Training I
MUS 212 Jazz Harmony and Arranging I
MUS 289 Jazz Improvisation II
MUS 292 Jazz Piano I
MUS 342 History of Jazz
MUS 389 Jazz Improvisation III
3 Jazz Performing Ensembles

World Music (Ethnomusicology) Concentration

Two of the following courses: (6 units)
MUS 150 Survey of U.S. Music
MUS 250 Survey of European Music
MUS 343 Studies in Musical Genres
MUS 344 Studies in Musical Composers
CALS 368 Chicano Latino Music

All of the following:

MUS 105 Music Theory for Non-Majors
MUS 350 Survey of World Music
MUS 120 Ear Training I
THAR 373 Dances of the World
MUS 353 Indian Singing Ensemble (1,1) 2

Recommended but not required:

MUS 300 Seminar
MUS 480 Special Topics

Performance Ensemble Requirement

The Music Department regards continuous experience in active music-making to be an essential part of college music study. To provide this experience, the department offers a wide range of ensembles both vocal and instrumental.

All music majors (applied, jazz studies, liberal arts, and music education) must declare a major performance medium (instrument or voice) upon entering their program of study.

Every music major is required to be in at least one major performing ensemble during each semester of residence in which he or she plays his or her declared performance medium (instrument or voice). In addition, all instrumentalists are required to participate in a major choral ensemble for one semester. Also, vocalists in the applied and music education concentrations must participate in a major instrumental ensemble for one semester. Students may substitute a minor ensemble for a major ensemble no more than twice. See the catalogue for specific ensemble requirements.

Course Descriptions

Catalog - course descriptions for all music classes (PDF)