Resources for Undergraduate Students

Fall Pre-Instruction Activities:

For Fall 2021 information, also see this page:

For referrals to campus resources (resources outside of the Music Dept.), see this page.

Advising and Registration

For advising about all undergraduate activities and degree programs in the Music Department, see the Undergraduate Advisor.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Resources & Initiatives for Undergraduates

Incident Services If you have witnessed or experienced issues related to discrimination and/or harassment, please know you are not alone in the process. The Campus has various confidential and reporting resources available. 

Undergraduate Advising - If you're not sure where to go, contact Heidi Dinnogen, the Music Undergraduate Advisor.

Music Department Diversity Officer: Professor Stefanie Tcharos


Course Registration

Students should register via GOLD. If an add code is needed, email the undergrad advisor (see below for more info). To register for your Senior Project, see the information below.

Placement Exams

UNDERGRADUATE THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP PLACEMENT TESTS (offered each year, FALL QUARTER ONLY). This exam is typically held on Tuesday afternoon, before classes start in Fall quarter. See the pre-instructional activities week guide for the most up to date information.

Add Codes

If you require an add code, see the following scenarios:
  • You are requesting a code and need a prerequisite cleared:
  • The error you are given requires exam code UCSBXX:
    • Often the exam code is an audition for the class and you will need to attend the first class meeting to audition. However, some classes require an audition prior to the first day of class, so email the Undergraduate Advisor to find out what you will need for this specific class.
  • You are requesting because the class is full or you need for instructor approval:
    • If available, waitlist for the class. In some cases you may need to attend the class and request an add code from the instructor or TA.

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.


Most courses, ensembles and lessons are open to all UCSB students. For additional information about prerequisites and auditions contact the Undergraduate Advisor.

Music 1

For the Music 1 course, students meet for a one-hour pre-concert lecture given by Music Department faculty, and then attend world-class symphony concerts sponsored by the Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara. More information on the course can be found here.

Instrument Instruction (MUS 20-88)

For most instruments and ensembles open auditions will happen in Fall quarter, and information will be updated the summer before (as it becomes available) and posted here:

Auditions for private instruction in (available) instruments may also be arranged with individual faculty members by instrument, space is limited for non-BM majors. View the Faculty Directory for email contacts.

Music 20 (beginning voice) and Music 31A-X (beginning piano) will hold auditions at the beginning of each quarter. For fall, use this link for information. For other quarters, contact the undergraduate advisor for the appropriate contact informaiton.


Audition information for Music Deptartment ensembles can be found here.

Senior Project (MUS 192 A-C)

All Bachelor of Arts students in the Music Department are responsible for completing a Senior Project (download the project guidelines here). Prior to registering for 192A, you and your chosen advisor should fill out the Senior Project Form. Senior projects can be a paper, recital, composition, or other approved project. You should plan to register for 192A-B-C the last three quarters in residence at UCSB. If you are planning to study abroad, please see the undergraduate advisor to plan accordingly.

General Education Classes in Music

The music department offers a range of classes that also count towards GE requirements. Most of these classes are open to students of all majors, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

Music Class General Subject Area Writing Special Subject Area
MUS 003B - Writing about Music  Area F Writing  
MUS 010A - History of Music from Early Modern Culture through Modernism    Writing European Traditions
MUS 010B - History of Music from Early Modern Culture through Modernism    Writing European Traditions
MUS 010C - History of Music from Early Modern Culture through Modernism    Writing European Traditions
MUS 011 - Fundamentals of Music  Area F    
MUS 015 - Music Appreciation  Area F Writing  
MUS 016 - Listening to Jazz Area F Writing  
MUS 017 - World Music  Area F    
MUS 113A - The History of Opera: 1600-1800  Area F Writing  
MUS 114 - Music and Popular Culture in America  Area F Writing  
MUS 115 - Symphonic Music  Area F Writing  
MUS 116 - American Music History: From the Colonial Period to the Present  Area F    
MUS 118A - History and Literature of Great Composers in Western Music  Area F Writing  
MUS 119A - Music and Politics  Area F Writing  
MUS 119B - Music in Political Films  Area F    
MUS 175E - Music Cultures of the World: China  Area D Writing World Cultures
MUS 175F - Music Cultures of the World: The Middle East  Area D Writing World Cultures
MUS 175G - Music Cultures of the World: India  Area D Writing World Cultures
MUS 175I - Music Cultures of the World: Indonesia  Area D   World Cultures


Majoring and Minoring in Music

Music Minors may study their instrument in private lessons (based on audition, studio space and instructor approval) and participate in ensembles, as well as study, ethnomusicology, music theory, music history, and other academic topics. Through the electives, students may explore their own unique musical interests. To start the minor, you will need to take Music 11. The Music 11 requirement can also be met by passing Advanced Placement Music Theory or an equivalent Music Fundamentals class at another college, or by passing it via the Music Theory Placement Exam. To declare the Music minor, email the Undergraduate Advisor from your UCSB email address, include your perm number and your request to be added to the minor. That's it!

For those interested in double-majoring in Music, the Bachelor of Arts tends to lend itself more easily to those wishing to pursue the double major. It is also possible with the Bachelor of Music, though careful planning from the beginning of your course of study at UCSB is essential. If you are not already in the Bachelor of Music, you will need to apply to the program and audition before you can declare the BM as a major or double major. The BA series of degree plans does not require an audition. It allows for the study of performance, but places emphasis on music and its role in society and its value as a cultural entity within a global perspective.

To declare a minor or double major, or to apply for the Bachelor of Music, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor.

BM Auditions and Recitals

See the appropriate guidelines for BM Auditions and Recitals here. A step by step guide to scheduling a recital can be found here.

Go Abroad!

We encourage majors to consider going abroad for a quarter, year or summer study. Check out the music programs that EAP offers here.

Talk with the Undergrad Advisor in the department to make sure you will stay on track for your major and discuss which program(s) and timeframe(s) might work best for you.