Bachelor of Music (BM)
The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree, open by entrance audition. The majority of courses are in performance, theory, musicianship, and history with intense study in applied music, requiring a high level of proficiency in an instrument, voice, or composition upon entrance.
Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Music are required to pass an entrance audition. Typically these auditions take place in January prior to enrolling at UC Santa Barbara.
The core academic courses: music theory, musicianship, and music history, is similar to the BA Music Studies, Western Art Music major. In addition, BM programs all require mandatory quarterly participation in ensembles, including (depending on instrument) orchestra, wind ensemble, choir/opera and chamber music. BM students are also required to pass end-of-year freshman and sophomore auditions (performance exams for a faculty jury), and public Junior and Senior Recitals to continue in the degree.
UC Santa Barbara offers the following BM emphases: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Trombone (Low Brass), Trumpet, Tuba (Low Brass), Viola, Violin, and Voice.
Students with talent in multiple instruments may choose to audition for more than one program when applying to the university, and may also take lessons in more than one instrument. However, double-majoring with two Music degrees or emphases is not permitted (you must choose one).
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