Undergraduate Theory and Musicianship Placement Exam
Please notify the department if you do not intend to take this exam. All new BM students are required to take this exam. It is recommended that all BA students take the exam.
This exam will be offered during the pre-instruction week of Fall quarter only. The exam presumes prior training in music theory and musicianship. Students will be placed in Music 11, 5A, B or C, and Music 4A, B or C. Students unfamiliar with music theory should take MUS 11, Fundamentals of Music and do not need to take the exam. BM majors with no theory experience may want to consider taking Music 11 in the Summer prior to entrance. This exam may not be repeated.
First Quarter Recommended Classes
Please note that this is a general guide based on all music majors entering new to UCSB. Various degree emphasis, placement exams and transfer courses or other exams (e.g. Language proficiency) may have already fulfilled some of these requirements prior to enrollment at UCSB.
Music 3A, Introduction to Music Studies
Music 4A, Musicianship - You will drop this during the first week of classes if you place at a higher level after taking the placement exam. You will pick up this series wherever you placed
Music 5A, Music Theory - You will drop this during the first week of classes if you place at a higher level after taking the placement exam. You will pick up this series wherever you placed. If you placed into Music 11, Fundamentals of Music, you should register for this class at this time. If Music 11 is full and you are an entering declared Music Major, contact the undergraduate advisor for an add code.
Music 10A, History of Music – If you placed out of the 5 series, you may want to start the MUS 10 series, although this series is recommended for your sophomore year.
Music 31A, Class Piano - You may drop this the first week of classes if you place at a higher level after taking the class piano audition or switch into a higher level class.
Music 20-33, Individual Instruction - Choose the appropriate course number for your instrument or voice. BM students must register for 3 units, and BA students and composition students must register for 1 unit.
A Performance Ensemble, Music A34-A70AA-ZZ - this may vary; choose from the selection on your requirement sheet or if you are considering a switch from BA to BM, take the requirement for BM.
French, German or Italian. Primarily applicable to voice and piano majors. All students at UCSB will need to complete a language proficiency requirement, which may have been met in high school. If not, these are the languages Music students are advised to study (if not required for their degree).
Auditions for Individual Lessons & Ensembles
For individual lessons (and most ensembles), MUS 8, 20-33, 88, A34-A70AAZZ 108, 120-133, and A134 –A170AA-ZZ, an audition is required. Typically this will happen in the week before the quarter starts, or during the first day of class. Most ensembles have information about the audition listed their webpage.
Practice Room Keys & Lockers
To arrange for a practice room key or locker, please contact Anthony Garcia to set up an appointment. Music Department rooms are ONLY for students enrolled in Music Department ensembles or lessons (no exceptions). A $40 deposit is required, checks or money order (available at the Post Office in the UCen) only, made out to UC Regents.
If you need a room to warm up for an audition for a Music Department offered lesson or ensemble, please see the Advising Office in Music 1314 during office hours to see if a space is available during this time only. Once you are accepted into a lesson or ensemble, you will need to arrage for your own key.