Academics

Degree Programs

Students performing with trombones

The Undergraduate Program

The University of Redlands School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and its requirements for entrance and graduation comply with the standards of this accrediting organization. Any University student may participate in musical activities through enrollment (usually by audition) in the University Choir, Chapel Singers, Madrigals, Wind Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band, Orchestra, Concert Band, Opera Workshop, and a variety of chamber music ensembles. Students are invited to register for private, group, or class lessons, available on all instruments and for voice.

The following courses have been designed with the general University student in mind:
Note: MUSI indicates performance courses.

  • MUS 100 Experiencing Music
  • MUS 113 Sound Recording
  • MUS 130 Jazz History
  • MUS 231 Jazz History to the 1940’s
  • MUS 232 Jazz History 1940’s to Present
  • MUS 300, 301 Music History and Literature
  • MUS 307 World Music
  • MUSI 111 University Choir
  • MUSI 112 Chapel Singers
  • MUSI 114 Madrigal Singers
  • MUSI 121 Class Piano
  • MUSI 123 Class Classical Guitar
  • MUSI 124 Introduction to Voice
  • MUSI 125 Class Popular Guitar Ensembles
  • MUSI 131 University of Redlands Symphony Orchestra
  • MUSI 136 Studio Jazz Band
  • MUSI 138 Wind Ensemble
  • MUSI 140 Symphonic Band

Additional requirements and information are listed in the School of Music Student Handbook which can be obtained from the Music Office. Students are invited to enroll in any other music courses of interest, provided they meet the prerequisites.

The Bachelor of Music

The professional bachelor of music degree is offered in performance, composition, and music education. The performance major is available in voice, piano, organ, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, jazz/studio guitar, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Music

Basic Music Courses (all majors)

  • MUS 110 Recital Repertory Class (each semester in residence)
    Students experiencing class conflicts necessitated by other courses taken to fulfill degree requirements are directed to the School of Music office to receive advice regarding an alternate section to accommodate their needs.
  • MUSI 121 Class Piano (at least three semesters, unless specific proficiency has been met)
    Note: Music education majors with an emphasis in keyboard/vocal or keyboard/band are exempt from the requirement for MUSI 121.
  • MUS 101 Theory I
  • MUS 102 Theory II
  • MUS 103 Theory III
  • MUS 104 Theory IV
  • MUS 105 Ear Training and Sight-Singing I
  • MUS 106 Ear Training and Sight-Singing II
  • MUS 107 Ear Training and Sight-Singing III
  • MUS 108 Ear Training and Sight-Singing IV
  • MUS 300 Music History and Literature from Antiquity to 1750
  • MUS 301 Music History and Literature from 1750 to the Present
  • MUS 335 Intro to Conducting

THE BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN MUSIC

Students enrolled in the bachelor of arts with a major in music must satisfy the Liberal Arts Foundation requirements as listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements section of the Catalog.

46 credits in music required:

  • MUS 110 Recital Repertory Class (each semester in residence)
    Note: Students experiencing class conflicts necessitated by other courses taken to fulfill degree requirements are directed to the School of Music office to receive advice regarding an alternate section to accommodate their needs.
  • MUSI 121 Class Piano
    Note: Three semesters of MUSI 121 are required, which may be waived upon completion of the minimum proficiency in basic keboard for the specific degree track; a maximum of 3 credits count toward graduation.
  • MUS 101 Theory I
  • MUS 102 Theory II
  • MUS 103 Theory III
  • MUS 105 Ear Training and Sight-Singing I
  • MUS 106 Ear Training and Sight-Singing II
  • MUS 107 Ear Training and Sight-Singing III
  • MUS 300 Music History and Literature from Antiquity to 1750
  • MUS 301 Music History and Literature from 1750 to the Present
  • MUAP 302-338 Private instruction on a single instrument or in voice - 8 credits
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble - 6 credtis
  • Chamber Ensemble - 2 credits
  • Music Electives - 8 credits
    *One course must be outside the Western classical tradition.
  • The student must also complete a 0-2-credit senior project, approved by the advisor, drawing together the strands of the program of study.  With the approval of the advisor, the student may substitue a half senior recital for the senior project.  This recital is subjec to all fo the rules and regulations governing a required senior recital.

THE MINOR IN MUSIC

The music minor is designed to encourage the development of competence in a specific area of music. It is intended for those students who are majoring in an area outside of music, but who may have been actively involved in musical activities in high school, have musical talent, enjoy listening to and/or performing music, or simply wish to continue their musical studies. The minor is offered in four areas: 

  1. Minor in Jazz Studies
  2. Minor in Instrumental or Vocal Music
  3. Minor in Music History
  4. Interdisciplinary Minor

Students wishing to pursue the minor in music must complete an entrance examination demonstrating the ability to read both musical pitch and rhythm.

Prospective minors must complete the Declaration of Major/Minor form as soon as possible in order to avoid music fees; approval of the Dean of the School of Music is also required. Students are encouraged to seek out a music faculty member to serve as a minor advisor. Other than MUS 110, Recital Repertory Class, and MUSI 124 Introduction to Voice, no course for the minor may be taken for credit/no credit (CN). A minor in one of the above four areas may not be combined with a major in music.

Students must declare their desire to minor in music prior to the beginning of their junior year. Contact the Director of Music Admissions for assistance.


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