For Fall 2019 information, also see this page: music.ucsb.edu/apply/undergraduate/accepted
Advising and Registration
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.
- Email the Undergraduate Advisor to RSVP.
- Download the study guide for the Music Theory and Musicianship placement exams.
- You are requesting a code and need a prerequisite cleared:
- Email the Undergraduate Advisor with the request, include the section you wish to attend.
- 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.
Most courses, ensembles and lessons are open to all UCSB students. For additional information about prerequisites and auditions contact the Undergraduate Advisor.
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)
Auditions for private instruction in most (available) instruments may 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.
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
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|
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
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.