Admitted Students

All incoming Music or Music Studies  majors, please make an appointment with the undergrad advisor over the summer:

For students interested in becoming a music major, a personalized meeting is also advised!


Undergraduate Fall Pre-Instructional Activities

Pre-instruction week is September 20-22, classes begin on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

New Majors Meeting & Reception

This is required of new majors, highly recommended for all continuing majors and those considering the major.

Immediately following the Theory and Musicianship Placement Exams

Tuesday, 9/21, 3-4 pm, Music Courtyard


Undergraduate Theory and Musicianship Placement Exam

This is required of new majors, highly recommended for those considering the minor, or those with previous music theory or high-level music training.
Music Majors are already expected, for those who are not declared as a music major, please RSVP at

Music Theory Exam, Tuesday, September 21 at 1pm, Music 1145
Musicianship Exam, immediately following the Theory exam at 2pm, Music 1145

Download the study guide for the Music Theory and Musicianship placement exams.


Info & Auditions:


World Music

World Music Instrument lessons (MUS 22D-X and 122D-X) do not require an audition to enroll. Contact the instructor of the course for class meeting times if not listed in the schedule. The department offers instruction in Dastgah, Arabic Maqam, Nay and Oud.

Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion

Unless outlined in detail here, other auditions for private instruction in strings, winds, brass, and percussion may be arranged with individual faculty members by instrument. See for email contacts.


An audition is required. Students who audition may be assigned for piano study with either graduate teaching assistants or, in some cases for advanced students, with piano faculty members. 
Class Piano (MUS 31 A, B,C), or group lessons, is available for students who already read music (both treble and bass clefs), but who have had less background in piano lessons and may be at a more beginning level of piano study. If you are an undergraduate music non-piano major and are required to pass a piano proficiency, you can either start at MUS 31A or place into B or C sections of the 31 series, or even test out of the course by passing your proficiency exam. For requirements and scheduling, as well as questions about 31 A-C series, please reach out to the graduate piano Teaching Assistants (TAs), Buyun Li and Chika Nabumori
Private lessons (MUS 31X, 32 or 33/133) are for piano students who have had previous serious study in piano at the intermediate or advanced levels. If you are interested in advanced piano, please audition using the signup above. If you place out of 31X, you'll be recommended for a second audition for 33/133 the following day.


Audition for MUS 20, Voice Lessons, Winter 2022

Pre-Screens for MUS 25, Voice Lessons, Winter 2022

Sign up for your audition time

Do you love to sing? Would you like to learn voice technique, breath control, and how to become a better singer and communicator? Then please sign up for an audition for MUS 20, at the link below.  

Results of the audition with course placements will be emailed after the audition.

If we think you might be a good fit for MUS 25 - Lessons with a Faculty member, then you’ll be invited for a Callback Audition  *Please note, if you enroll in MUS 25 you are also required to enroll in Chamber Choir (MUSA36)

If possible, please sign up for spots immediately following or before another person to minimize the empty spaces.

You must also fill out the voice audition form located here:

Audition requirements:

  • Please fill out the audition form (link above, and will be sent via confirmation)
  • Choose a song that shows your vocal range as much as possible, the song should be at least 1 minute in length.
    • If your song requires accompaniment, it is preferred that you bring a pre-recorded accompaniment track on your phone or a portable electronic device, along with a speaker loud enough that it can be heard. You can find accompaniment tracks on YouTube or an app called Appcompanist (
    • If you can't find an accompaniment track, please bring your sheet music and one of us will do our best to accompany you on the piano (please don't bring a lead sheet or chords- it would need to be printed music written for the piano).
    • You can also sing acapella if you prefer

We are not looking for perfection, but an honest showing of who you are at this moment :)

The piece you choose to sing should be one of these genres:

  1. Classical
  2. Folk song
  3. Hymn
  4. Musical Theater
  5. Melodic Jazz standard

If you are having trouble finding a piece that falls under these categories, feel free to contact us and we will offer suggestions. We love variety in repertoire and genres, but it should be noted that we personally teach mostly the Western Classical style of vocal technique--not belting or pop music.

Location: Geiringer Hall



Audition information for Music Dept. ensembles may be found at, click on the ensemble you are interested in. Most World Music Ensembles do not require an audition.

All Ensembles can be found in GOLD under the MUSIC A - PERFORMANCE LABORATORIES section for registration. For ensembles that require an audition, approval (aka add) codes will be distributed by the instructor after a successful audition.


Audition Required:

UCSB Chamber Choir


Meet Dr. La

Dr. Nicole Lamartine is the newly-appointed Sorensen Director of Choral Music at UCSB.  She comes to us from the University of Wyoming where her choirs were known for their eclectic mix of genres and styles and were regularly selected for performances at regional and national conferences.  Dr. La is passionate about building UCSB choirs into a culture of excellence, where each student may freely contribute their experiences to our eclectic whole.  Read more here.


Jazz Combos/Ensemble

Contact Dr. Jon Nathan at and attend a first class meeting, TBD

Maurice Faulkner Scholarship Brass Quintet

See for audition and repertoire requirements.

UCSB Chamber Orchestra

Auditions will take place. All students, including BM majors, are required to audition. You must sign up for an audition, visit for information.

Wind Ensemble

Auditions are held at the first week of class. Audition Information (PDF)

Important Information

Music Library Tours

Meet at the Music Library, in the Music Building, on the second floor. Scheduled tours are available: Everyday, Sept. 20-24, at 11 AM

Practice Room Keys & Lockers

To arrange for a practice room key or locker, please contact Connor to set up an appointment. Connor will be available for temporary additional hours for key, locker and instrument check out in the Music Building, Room 1251 (the northwest corner of the building, near Storke Tower).  Normal key hours throughout the year are M-W from 1:30 - 2:30, but during the first two weeks of each quarter additional hours include: M-F 12:30 - 2:30.

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 is required at the time of your key appointment.

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 arrange for your own key.

First Quarter Recommended Classes For New Majors

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. Schedule a meeting with the undergraduate advisor for personalized recommendations.

For classes you are unable to add directly, contact Heidi at for guidance. For classes you know you need, please provide the course and section time you would like to add to receive the correct approval code.

Music 3C, Structures of Music

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. It is advised that you take the 4A-B-C classes concurrently with 5A-B-C.

Music 5A, Music Theory - You will not register for this class until after you take the Music Theory and Musicianship Placement Exams. If you place at a higher level after taking the placement exam, you will register for the appropriate class in the next available quarter it is offered. 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 consider 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 already required for their degree).


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM (ELPE) Non-native speakers of English, including both international students and Permanent Residents, are required to take both the written and the oral portions:

ELPE          TBD           TBA