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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Performance Specialization, B.M. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 10041) (SIMS Code: 665381)

All candidates for a bachelor of music degree must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” The maximum number of units in upper division music courses acceptable toward the Bachelor of Music degree is 70.

A minor is not required with this major.

Preparation for the Major

All majors must fulfill the requirements in one of the following areas of specialization.

  1. Music Education
  2. Performance
  3. Global Composition
  4. Jazz Studies
  5. Professional Studies - Track 1, Track 2, or Track 3

Language Requirement

Performance - vocalists only - competency (equivalent to that which is normally attained in two years high school, or one semester of college study) in each of French, German, and Italian with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Complete one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


(42-45 units)

All Bachelor of Music students in performance must perform a public solo junior recital comprised of one-half hour of music (normally given in the second semester of their junior year) and a public solo senior recital comprised of one hour of music (normally given in the second semester of their senior year).

String Majors

String majors must include two units of

Other Performance Majors

All other performance majors must include nine units of upper division electives.

Performance Studies for Credit

Credit may be allowed for performance studies under the following conditions:

  1. Properly enrolled Bachelor of Music majors may enroll for performance studies with resident faculty without an additional fee.
  2. Students may under no circumstances change instructors in the middle of a semester without first securing the permission of the director of the School of Music and Dance.
  3. Prior to the start of performance studies at San Diego State University, students are required to take a preliminary audition conducted by music faculty which will indicate status at the beginning of their studies.
  4. Students who have dropped out of school or have stopped taking performance studies for credit for one semester or more, upon resumption of that instruction for credit are required to present another preliminary audition.
  5. At the end of each semester, the School of Music and Dance will sponsor a jury examination to satisfy itself that its standards have been met.
  6. Students enrolled in performance studies must be concurrently enrolled in the Comprehensive Musicianship program and class piano until such time as the CM and piano requirements are fulfilled.

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