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Bachelor of Music Degree

The B.M. degree is designed for exceptionally talented musicians who wish to pursue a career in performance. B.M. students will major in an instrument or in voice. Acceptance to the B.M. program is by audition only, and B.M. students will not constitute more than half of the undergraduate music majors. Although auditions for official admission to the B.M. program are open only to registered UCSC students, prospective students may submit a tape to the Music Department to receive an informal evaluation of their chances for acceptance. Students must audition prior to their senior year; sophomores and juniors must be advanced when they first audition for the program. A spring audition will be available only to junior transfer students.


Auditions for the B.M. program will be held on campus each November/December. Students should be prepared to play three pieces or movements of a contrasting nature from at least two different stylistic periods. (Two contrasting movements from the same sonata or concerto may count as two of the three required pieces.) Students who have attained an advanced level on a previous audition are still required to audition. Prospective students who wish to submit tapes should also meet these specifications in order to receive an informal evaluation from the Music Department.


The B.M. program differs from the B.A. program in that it requires considerably more performance credits and slightly fewer courses in music history and theory.


Course requirements:


1. Music 30A, B, and C. 


2. Music 130 and 150


3. Music 101A/B/C, and 105


4. Music 180A, 180B or 180C: Studies in World Musics


5. Applied instruction: one-hour private lessons (Music 62, 161, or 162) for each of the first 11 quarters (B.M. junior transfer students may have 6 quarters of lower-division applied music credits waived if they have taken individual lessons throughout their first two years. Also, junior transfer students are required to take at least 6 quarters of one-hour lessons at UCSC, one of which would be lessons for the senior recital.)


6. Ensembles: 12 quarters (see pg. 11 for information on appropriate ensembles). Exceptions to this policy will be considered only on the recommendation of both the ensemble director and the private instructor. Junior B.M. transfer students are required to take at least 6 quarters of ensembles.


7. Senior Recital (Music 196B)

Senior Recital Flyer Template

Senior Recital Program Template


8. Voice students must also complete French 1, German 1, and
Italian 1.


9. If a B.M. student wishes to be considered for highest honors in the major, s/he must enroll in the B.A. degree Senior Capstone course: Music 120 - Seminar in Composition or an additional course from the Music 105 series, not taken for general history requirements.


Additional requirements:


1. Music Core Curriculum Placement Examination for placement in the core course sequence.


2. Students must audition twice each year, at the end of fall and spring quarters, for continuing review and criticism in their major instruments or in voice.


3. One informal student recital yearly, either as part of a "Friday at Four" or the applied instructor's studio recital. The repertoire for this performance will be determined by the applied instructor, and the performance will be evaluated by the applied instructor either by attendance or by evaluation of a tape.