The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Academic Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Residence Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and the Certificate of Fine Arts programs in The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts require a minimum of 8. 0 semesters of enrollment, while the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts programs require a minimum of 4.0 semesters of enrollment. BFA and MFA degree and Certificate programs require at least 2.0 semesters of full-time residence at CalArts. For all programs, the final 1.0 semester of course enrollment before graduation must be in residence at CalArts, although this requirement may be satisfied by completing consecutive semesters of part-time enrollment at CalArts that total 1.0 semester of residence and culminate in graduation. The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program in The Herb Alpert School of Music requires a minimum of 3 years of full-time residence. (See also Institute residency policies.)

Entrance Requirements and Prerequisites
Music Theory and Musicianship Skills Placement Exams

All entering BFA, Certificate of Fine Arts, MFA, and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts students (with the exception of DMA students) are required to take the Music Theory and Musicianship Skills Placement Exams. These placement exams may be taken only once.

Undergraduate Students

CalArts does not accept transfer credit towards its Core Music Theory or Musicianship Skills requirements. Based on the results of the placement exams, each undergraduate student will be placed at a corresponding level in the CORE CURRICULUM. If an undergraduate student lacks sufficient background to begin the CORE CURRICULUM sequence, they may be required to take the additional remedial courses, Fundamental Musicianship (MTHY001) and Theory Performance Lab (MTHY002). These courses offer training in skills and musical knowledge considered to be essential preparation for serious undergraduate study in music at CalArts. If required, Fundamental Musicianship must be completed by the end of the first year in residence. Failure to pass Fundamental Musicianship within the first year may result in dismissal from the School of Music. 

Graduate Students

Applicants to the MFA program will be required to have attained a BM, BFA, BA or equivalent in a relevant field before admittance, or to have a Bachelor's degree in an alternate subject along with skills and knowledge that are appropriate to enter a Master's degree program in a music-related field.

For MFA and Advanced Certificate students, placement exam results may indicate either that a student's prior training and current skill levels are already appropriate for graduate study or that supplemental courses will be required in addition to the normal graduate curriculum.

As an admission requirement, DMA students must enter their degree program with music theory and musicianship skills assessed by faculty to be appropriate for their intended doctoral-level work and teaching assignments, as demonstrated by portfolio review, interview and teaching demonstration.

Equivalency of Preparation (Graduate Students only)

Entering graduate students are expected to have had prior study that would be appropriate for their declared Specialization at CalArts. By the end of the student's first semester in their program, their undergraduate transcript will be evaluated to ascertain the amount and level of prior study. Students who lack sufficient background as judged by faculty will be required to take additional remedial coursework at CalArts.

Information regarding any additional prerequisites for graduate study in individual programs may be found under the course requirements for each program.

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General Curriculum Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Certificate of Fine Arts

See Institute Degree and Certificate Requirements for BFA and Certificate.

Students must satisfactorily complete the program of studies formulated each semester by the mentor and student, which includes requirements specified in the "Specialization Descriptions" section of this Catalog.

Students must attend and have both Mid-Residence and Graduation Reviews officially documented. During these reviews, the student's course history is examined, progress is assessed, problems are discussed and changes to the curriculum are considered. Mentors and deans must officially approve any changes to the student's curriculum requirements.

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts

All MFA degree candidates must complete a minimum of 60 units.

Students must satisfactorily complete the program of studies formulated each semester by the mentor and student, which includes requirements specified in the "Specialization Descriptions" section of this Catalog.

Students must attend and have both Mid-Residence and Graduation Reviews officially documented. During these reviews, the student's course history is examined, progress is assessed, problems are discussed and changes to the curriculum are considered. Mentors and deans must officially approve any changes to the student's curriculum requirements.

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Doctor of Musical Arts

All DMA degree candidates must complete a minimum of 60 units.

Students must satisfactorily complete the program of studies formulated each semester by the student and their Mentor, as well as all requirements specified in the "Doctor of Musical Arts Program Description" section of this catalog. Any changes to the student's curriculum requirements must be officially approved by their Doctoral Examining Committee and the Herb Alpert School of Music's Doctoral Policy Committee. 

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Center for Integrated Media

See Center for Integrated Media curriculum.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts General Requirements

When students enter the BFA Program in Music, they are regarded as holistic "Music Artists." As each student gains experience with the spectrum of curriculum offerings available, always in regular consultation with a mentor, they naturally develop particular concentrations of study that best suit their artistic and professional goals.

The BFA Program in Music contains the following métier components: 1) a Core Curriculum required for all students, 2) a variety of Specialization curricula with required courses, 3) prerequisites intended to prepare students for particular Specializations, and 4) BFA 3-4 Music requirements for students who do not proceed with a Specialization curriculum. In addition, a Music Theory Minor and particular Concentrations in Composition are also available for those who wish to pursue them.

When students apply to the BFA Program in Music, they have the option of declaring their intention to concentrate their work in a particular curriculum Specialization, or they may be accepted to enter as Undeclared and allow their Specialization to emerge. Undeclared students may subsequently declare their intention to adopt a Specialization, which must be approved by faculty. However, the declaration to adopt a Specialization curriculum must be made prior to the time of the Mid-Residence Review, which takes place before the third year (BFA-3) of study, normally in the BFA-2-2 semester. To be prepared for this, students must take any necessary prerequisite courses for their Specialization and have a portfolio and performance assessment review approved by faculty. In special cases, it may be possible to declare more than one or a combination of Specializations, and students may also draw coursework from the prerequisites for multiple Specializations. When students complete the requirements of their Specialization(s), appropriate notations are placed on their official transcripts. Students who elect not to declare a Specialization, or who are not approved by faculty to proceed with a Specialization curriculum, will be automatically required to adopt the BFA 3-4 Music curriculum. Upon graduation, those students will receive a BFA in Music without a Specialization curriculum indicated on their transcripts.

Students must maintain close contact with their faculty mentors, who can guide them in selecting courses that will best serve their individual educational and career objectives and prepare them for their intended Specialization(s). Note that all students are required to develop a cumulative portfolio of work each year, which is also reviewed by their mentors and appropriate faculty.

BFA Core Curriculum

All undergraduate music students must take CORE CURRICULUM courses. These courses are intended to foster the development of skills in the essential areas of music cultures and literature, music theory and practice, performance experiences, making original work, new methods and technologies, professional development, and breadth of experience in the arts.

Learning Goals

By the time they graduate, students will have had opportunity to: 

  • develop a forward-looking approach to music-making that is exploratory while recognizing precedent and tradition, and that is appropriate to the challenges and opportunities in today's rapidly developing climate of global music,
  • engage music from diverse historical, cultural and aesthetic contexts–including new emerging musical forms and musical traditions from around the world,
  • acquire a broad and strong foundation of technique appropriate to their individual artistic and professional aspirations,
  • systematically analyze and document in detail the materials and structure of representative musical examples, employing established analytical techniques and vocabulary wherever these are useful,
  • develop sophisticated musicianship skills, including the ability to identify melodic, rhythmic and harmonic ideas by ear with sufficient clarity and speed for success as a professional musician in their discipline,
  • perform within ensemble contexts and gain experience with the particular demands and rewards of performing with other musicians, 

  • make distinctive original music reflecting their own creative interests,

  • explore musical possibilities afforded by current technology and their application to the student’s own musical work,

  • discover collaborative possibilities through engagement with other artistic métiers,
  • produce and present professional-quality documentation of their artistic work in appropriate media,

  • acquire skills applicable to planning and sustaining a career in music,

  • establish strong communication skills and an ability to express musical and scholarly ideas in verbal form,

  • demonstrate productive self-discipline reflecting an awareness that art is less an end result than a process in which excellence and self-transcendence are pursued constantly.

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BFA Core Curriculum

All undergraduate music students must take CORE CURRICULUM courses. These courses are intended to foster the development of skills in the essential areas of music cultures and literature, music theory and practice, performance experiences, making original work, new methods and technologies, professional development, and breadth of experience in the arts.

Core Curriculum: Summary Listing of Requirements

The Core Curriculum requirements listed immediately below are required for all undergraduate students. Courses completed to meet Core Curriculum requirements can be used to meet Specialization Requirements if approved by Dean and Mentor in review.

MUSIC CULTURES & LITERATURE

  • MAIC100 Survey of 20th & 21st C. Music
  • MAIC101 World Music Survey

MUSIC THEORY & PRACTICE

  • MPRF103 Class Piano (or other approved keyboard course)
  • MTHY101 Practical Musicianship A
  • MTHY102 Practical Musicianship B
  • MTHY104 Global Rhythm & Notation
  • MTHY111 Tonal Theory & Applications A
  • MTHY112 Tonal Theory & Applications B (not required for the Music Technology Specialization)
  • MTHY210 Non-Tonal Theories

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES

  • ONE course chosen from:
    • MTEC100 Intro to Concert Production (in BFA2)
    • MTEC101 Concert Production I
  • MBLExxx TWO World Music Ensemble electives (see listing below)
  • MBLExxx TWO additional ensemble courses

MAKING ORIGINAL WORK

  • TWO courses chosen from
    • MCMP110 Introduction to Composition
    • MCMP309 Words for Music
    • MCMP310 Jazz Composition
    • MCMP314 Jazz Arranging
    • MCMP330-339 Writing for…
    • MCMP342 Composition for Film & Video
    • MCMP465 Composition with Max/MSP
    • MPRF330 TRIG: Electronic Percussion
    • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
    • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
    • MLSNxxx non-required composition lessons

NEW METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES

  • TWO courses chosen from
    • ICOM111 Intro to Sound Production
    • ICOM201 Introduction to Programming I
    • ICOM202 Introduction to Programming II
    • ICOM301 Digital Fabrication
    • IDAR201 Videomaking for Digital Artists
    • MCMP404 Field Recording Workshop
    • MSCM310 Acoustics for Musicians
    • MTEC150 Sound Synthesis
    • MTEC360 Audio Signal Processing
    • MTEC365 Digital Recording Studio

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • TWO classes chosen from:
    • AAIC323 Practice & Pedagogy: ArtPilot
    • ICOM101 Media & Web Development
    • MAIC403 Pedagogy I: Teaching Artistry
    • MAIC404 Pedagogy II: Best Practices
    • MINTxxx Internship in music
    • MPCD350 Career Designs for Musicians
    • MPCD420 Teaching the Voice
    • MTEC492 Creative Entrepreneurship
    • Other professional development coursework as approved by mentor
  • MCMP290 Portfolio Review (each Spring Semester, 4 classes)

BREADTH IN THE ARTS

  • Wintersession (4 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in in January)
  • TWO elective courses in Art, Dance, Film/Video, Writing or Theater

    Note: MTHY104 (Global Rhythm & Notation) is a prerequisite to MTHY203 (Musicianship Skills: Tonal Forms C).

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Core Curriculum: Elective Options

The following elective listings are provided for reference.

Vocal Electives

  • MBLE201 Beginning African Ensemble
  • MBLE260 The Balkan Voice
  • MBLE301 Chamber Singers
  • MBLE302 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
  • MLSN065 Javanese Voice Lesson
  • MPRF221 African Song
  • MTHY130 Bach Chorale Singing
  • MTHY120 Beginning Svar Graam (Vocal) 
  • MTHY322 Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal) 
  • other vocal elective involving pitched singing as approved by mentor

World Music Ensemble Electives

  • MBLE103 Beg. World Percussion Ensemble 
  • MBLE203 Adv. World Percussion Ensemble 
  • MBLE104 Tabla Ensemble
  • MBLE201 Aza Beginning African Ensemble
  • MBLE202 Aza Beginning African Ensemble
  • MBLE205 Azoli Highlife Ensemble
  • MBLE206 Aza Talking Drum Ensemble
  • MBLE210 Beginning Javanese Gamelan
  • MBLE211 Advanced Javanese Gamelan
  • MBLE220 Beginning Balinese Gamelan
  • MBLE221 Advanced Balinese Gamelan
  • MBLE222 Gender Wayang Ensemble
  • MBLE223 Balinese Flute Ensemble
  • MBLE224 Kecak Ensemble
  • MBLE230 North Indian Ensemble
  • MBLE240 Beginning Persian Ensemble
  • MBLE241 Advanced Persian Ensemble
  • MPRF221 African Song
  • MBLE250 African Dance
  • MBLE252 Balinese Dance
  • MBLE254 Javanese Dance (Women)
  • MBLE256 Javanese Dance (Men)
  • MPRF328 Latin Percussion
  • MPRF223 Beginning Shakuhachi Workshop
  • MTHY120 Beginning Svar Graam (Vocal)
  • MTHY121 Beginning Svar Graam (Instrumental)
  • MTHY322 Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal)
  • MTHY323 Advanced Svar Graam (Instrumental)

Improvisation Electives

  • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
  • MBLE450 Sonic Boom Ensemble
  • MBLE460 Golia Large Ensemble
  • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
  • MPRF101 Jazz Improvisation, Group
  • MPRF102 Jazz Improvisation, 1-on-1

Digital Performance Ensembles

  • IIMC350 SoundGameSpace
  • MBLE415 Networked Music Ensemble
  • MCMP415 Choreographers & Composers
  • MTEC418 Data Driven Art & Sound
  • MTEC420 Grids, Beats & Groups
  • MTEC450 Mechatronic Art

Keyboard Skills Alternatives

(may substitute for MLSN003 Class Piano if approved by instructor)

  • MLSN016 Piano: Lessons (audition required)
  • MTHY131 Bach Keyboard Pieces
  • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory

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Core Curriculum: A Typical Course Sequence Semester-by-Semester

Whichever core courses are required by a student's specialization, there may be some variability as to when they are taken depending on individual placement, experience and development. However, certain strict deadlines do apply (see below).

First Year

First Semester (BFA1-1)

  • MTHY101 Practical Musicianship A
  • MTHY104 Global Rhythm & Notation (MTHY104 is a prerequisite to MTHY203)
  • MTHY111 Tonal Theory & Applications A
  • MAIC100 Survey of 20th & 21st C. Music
  • MLSN003 Class Piano (or alternative as approved by instructor; see list of alternatives above)

Second Semester (BFA1-2)

  • MTHY102 Practical Musicianship B
  • MTHY112 Tonal Theory & Applications B
  • MAIC101 World Music Survey

Second Year

First Semester (BFA2-1)

  • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C (MTHY104 is a prerequisite to MTHY203)
  • MTHY210 Non-Tonal Theories
  • M… World Music Ensemble elective (see the list of ensemble electives above)

Second Semester (BFA2-2)

  • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D (if required)
  • MTEC100 (or MTEC101 for Music Tech majors) Intro to Concert Production
  • M… World Music Ensemble elective (see the list of ensemble electives above)

Third Year

first SEMESTER (BFA3-1)

  • M… Ensemble elective
  • course in Making Original Work (see course listing above)
  • course in New Methods & Technologies (see course listing above)
SECOND SEMESTER (BFA3-2)
  • M… Ensemble elective
  • course in Making Original Work (see course listing above)
  • course in New Methods & Technologies (see course listing above)

Fourth Year

FIRST SEMESTER (BFA4-1)

  • course in Professional Development (see course listing above)
  • course outside the School of Music (not taught by music faculty)

SECOND SEMESTER (BFA4-2)

  • course in Professional Development (see course listing above)
  • course outside the School of Music (not taught by music faculty)
All CORE CURRICULUM requirements should have been completed by the end of BFA3.

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    Music Theory and Skills Deadlines (DO’s and DON’Ts)

    DO finish core requirements on time

    • MTHY001 (Fundamental Musicianship), if required, must be completed by the end of the 1st year of residence in order to maintain eligibility to continue as a student in The Herb Alpert School of Music.
    • MTHY111 & MTHY112 (Tonal Theory & Applications A & B), MTHY101 & B (Practical Musicianship A & B), and MTHY104 (Global Rhythm & Notation) must all be completed by the end of the 2nd year in residence, if required.
    • MTHY210 (Non-Tonal Theories) and MTHY203 & MTHY204 (Practical Musicianship C & D), if required, must all be completed by the end of the 3rd year in residence.

    DON’T take a vacation from core requirements

    • All undergraduate students must take core theory courses each semester until all required courses in the theory sequence MTHY001, MTHY111, MTHY112, MTHY210 are completed. (See Individual Specialization Descriptions below for requirements by specialization.)
    • All undergraduate students must take tonal musicianship skills courses each semester until all required courses in the Practical Musicianship sequence MTHY001, MTHY101, MTHY102, MTHY203, MTHY204 are completed. (See the descriptions of BFA Music Specializations below for requirements.)
    • All undergraduate students must take MTHY104 (if required) as soon as MTHY001 is satisfied. (See Individual Program Descriptions below for requirements.)

    DO fulfill core Incomplete grades on time

    • In any course that constitutes a prerequisite for another required course in the core Music Theory or Skills curriculum, an Incomplete (I) grade must be made up before the student will be allowed to enroll in the next course in the sequence. Instructors are not obliged to permit enrollment in core theory or skills courses after classes begin, so Incomplete grades should be made up before the date on which the following semester's regular classes commence.

    FAILURE TO FULFILL CORE REQUIREMENTS ACCORDING TO THESE STIPULATIONS MAY RESULT IN ACADEMIC WARNING, INELIGIBILITY TO ADVANCE IN YEAR LEVEL, LOSS OF FINANCIAL AID, AND POSSIBLE DISMISSAL FROM THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC (see Academic Standing Policy).

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    BFA 3-4 Music Requirements

    For students who enter a specialization, the following requirements are replaced by those of the specialization. All other undergraduate music students must complete the following course requirements.

    REQUIREMENTS

    Complete CORE CURRICULUM plus the following courses:

    • MLSN0xx  Lesson (4 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forum courses (2 classes)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D 

    Any TWO of the following FOUR Core Theory Options:

    • MTHY214 Counterpoint (2 units)
    • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis (2 units)
    • MTHY217 Form (2 units)
    • any 2 units drawn from the following list of jazz courses:
      • MTHY108 Transcription Skills (2 units)
      • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory (1 unit, may be repeated)
      • MPRF101 Jazz Improvisation, Group (1 unit, may be repeated)
      • MPRF102 Jazz Improvisation, 1-on-1 (1 unit, may be repeated)
    • MTHY310 Acoustics for Musicians
    • ICOM101 Media & Web Development
    • ICOM111 Introduction to Sound Production
    • TWO courses chosen from
      • MAIC403 Pedagogy I: Teaching Artistry
      • MAIC404 Pedagogy II: Best Practices
      • MPCD350 Career Designs for Musicians
    • FOUR courses chosen from:
      • MHST205/206 Western Music History A/B
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST312 Ethnology of African Music
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST350 Sylists & Innovators 1961-Now
    • MCMP/MHST/MTEC/MTHY4xx Advanced Composition, History, Music Technology or Theory Electives (4 classes not fulfilling any other music requirement)

    Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)

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    Undergraduate Minor in Music Theory

    The Minor in Music Theory affords interested eligible undergraduate students a non-degree credential that supplements their Major. If earned, the Minor is noted on CalArts transcripts. Course credit earned by a student can count simultaneously towards the requirements of the Major and the Minor. Interested students must visit the Music Office in order to formally declare in writing their intent to pursue the Minor. However, they must first have fulfilled all of the following prerequisites either by means of placement examination or by course completion with a grade of P or HP.

    Prerequisites to the Music Theory Minor

    • MTHY112 Tonal Theory & Applications B

    • MTHY210 Non-Tonal Theories

    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C

    The Minor is awarded to undergraduate students who formally declare their intention to pursue it before graduation and who complete all of the following course requirements.

    Requirements for the Music Theory Minor

    • MTHY214 Counterpoint

    • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory (2 classes, 2 units in total)

    • MTHY310 Acoustics for Musicians
    • Music Perception Option: ONE class chosen from

      • MTHY309 Psychoacoustics
      • MTHY403 Intonation Workshop I
      • MTHY404 Intonation Workshop II
    • Musical Forms Option: ONE class chosen from

      • MTHY217 Form
      • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
    • Analytical Survey Option: ONE class chosen from

      • MTHY450 Chamber Thought
      • MTHY451 Orchestral Thought
      • MTHY454 The String Quartet since 1900
      • MTHY455 The Piano since 1900
    • Non-Western Theory Options: TWO classes chosen from
      • MTHY216 North Indian Music Theory
      • MTHY228 Journey to the Persian Music
      • MTHY226 African Music Theory
      • MTHY224 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
      • MTHY425 Tala Systems
    • Mxxxx music theory electives (2 units from the approved list below, not used to meet any of the above requirements)

    Approved Electives for the Music Theory Minor

    The following courses are applicable to the elective requirements of the Minor in Music Theory. Appropriate course substitutions may be made with the approval of dean and mentor.

    • MCMP314 Jazz Arranging
    • MCMP341 Film Music History & Analysis
    • MHST457 Music & Surrealism
    • MCMP416 Concert Theater
    • MTHY468 Late Beethoven
    • MTHY108 Musicianship Skills: Transcription
    • MTHY270 Arranging for Guitar
    • MTHY273 Lute Tablature Transcription
    • MTHY274 Fretboard Theory
    • MTHY275 Figured Bass for Guitar & Lute
    • MTHY276 Analysis of Guitar Repertoire
    • MTHY277 Baroque Accompaniment
    • MTHY217 Form
    • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
    • MTHY216 Advanced Harmonic Techniques
    • MTHY222 North Indian Theory
    • MTHY228 Journey to the Persian Music
    • MTHY226 African Music Theory
    • MTHY224 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
    • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
    • MTHY450 Chamber Thought
    • MTHY451 Orchestral Thought
    • MTHY452 What Is Experimental Music?
    • MTHY454 The String Quartet since 1900
    • MTHY455 The Piano since 1900
    • MTHY425 Tala Systems
    • MTHY403 Intonation Workshop I
    • MTHY404 Intonation Workshop II
    • MTHY411 Electroacoustic Music Analysis
    • MTHY199 Independent Project in Music Theory & Analysis

    Good standing in the Major specialization is required for continued enrollment in the Music Theory Minor. Students on Academic Warning may be suspended from the Minor in Music Theory. Students may be permanently removed from the Minor after more than one semester on Academic Warning, at the recommendation of their Dean.

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    Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts Specialization Requirements

    The following courses are required but do not constitute a student's entire program. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their mentors to create an individualized course of study (combining electives and requirements).

    Courses that are listed as requiring enrollment for more than two semesters are those whose content changes each semester; content is dependent on which students are enrolled, students' artistic and technical progress, and/or cumulative progress.

    I. Composition & Experimental Sound Practices (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

    • Complete CORE CORRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN101 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MFOR101 Undergraduate Composers' Forum (first two Fall semesters in residence)
    • MCMP105 Music Notation (1 class, in BFA1)
    • MCMP120 Instrumental Composition I
    • MCMP121 Instrumental Composition II
    • MYHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MYHY204 Practical Musicianship D
    • ICOM111 Introduction to Sound Production
    • MTHY310 Acoustics for Musicians
    • Any TWO of the following FOUR Core Theory Options: 
      • MTHY217 Form (2 units)
      • MTHY214 Counterpoint (2 units)
      • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis (2 units)
      • any 2 units drawn from the following list of jazz courses: 
        • MTHY108 Transcription Skills (2 units)
        • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory (1 unit, may be repeated)
        • MPRF101 Jazz Improvisation, Group (1 unit may be repeated)
        • MPRF102 Jazz Improvisation, 1-on-1 (1 unit, may be repeated)
    • ONE class chosen from 
      • MCMP465 Composition with Max/MSP
      • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
      • MTEC360 Audio Signal Processing
    • MCMP/MHST/MTHY4xx Advanced Composition, History or Theory Electives (2 classes not fulfilling any other music requirement)
    • MCMP490 Graduation Portfolio and Website Review
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)

    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS 
    (to be completed by the end of BFA2-2)

    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MFOR101 Undergraduate Composers' Forum (first Fall semester in residence)
    • MCMP105 Music Notation (1 class, in BFA1)
    • MCMP120 Instrumental Composition I
    • MCMP121 Instrumental Composition II
    • MTHY112 Tonal Theory and Applications B
    • approved portfolio assessment for the specialization

    Optional Undergraduate Composition Concentrations

    Interested undergraduate Composition and Performer-Composer students can earn one or more optional Concentrations within their major by completing additional requirements as indicated below. Earned Concentrations will be noted on CalArts transcripts. Course credits earned towards the CORE CURRICULUM or towards the BFA COMPOSITION FOUNDATION can also count towards one or more of these Concentrations, and vice versa. Any student interested in pursuing one or more concentrations must declare this during their Graduation Review.

    BFA Composition: Optional Concentration in Avant-Garde Rock & Noise

    • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
    • MPCD350 Career Designs for Musicians
    • MTEC365 Digital Recording Studio
    • 2 classes chosen from
      • MAIC316 Blues before 1960
      • MHST302 Popular Music: A Social & Analytical History
      • MHST405-410 Focus Rock
    • 3 different classes chosen from
      • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
      • MBLE450 Sonic Boom Ensemble
      • MCMP308 Arranging for Experimental Pop
      • MCMP325 Experimental Music Workshop I
      • MCMP326 Experimental Music Workshop II
      • MCMP336 Writing for Voice
      • MPRF217 Learning to Scream
      • Critical Studies course in creative poetic writing (mentor approval required)

    BFA Composition: Optional Concentration in Electronic Music

    • 1 class chosen from
      • MTHY411 Electroacoustic Music Analysis
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • 2 classes chosen from
      • MBLE415 Networked Music Ensemble
      • MCMP465 Composition with Max/MSP
      • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
    • 4 classes chosen from
      • ICOM201 Introduction to Programming I
      • ICOM202 Introduction to Programming II
      • MTEC150 Sound Synthesis
      • MTEC155 Advanced Sound Synthesis
      • MTEC3xx-4xx advanced music technology electives

    BFA Composition: Optional Concentration in Experimental Music

    • MCMP325 Experimental Music Workshop I
    • MCMP326 Experimental Music Workshop II
    • 3 classes chosen from:
      • MBLE415 Networked Music Ensemble
      • MCMP465 Composition with Max/MSP
      • MBLE450 Sonic Boom Ensemble
      • MBLE460 Golia Large Ensemble
      • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
      • MCMP417 Reader's Chorus
      • MCMP418 Media Theory: The Interactee
    • 2 classes chosen from
      • MHST422 Experimental Music Post-Cage
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
      • MHST472 John Cage: Music & Thought
      • MAIC412 Critical Reading (may be repeated for credit)
    • MTHY403/ MTHY404 Intonation Workshop I or Intonation Workshop II

    BFA Composition: Optional Concentration in Composition for Film & Video

    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MPCD350 Career Designs for Musicians
    • MPRF307 The Grammar of Conducting
    • MCMP341 Film Music History & Analysis
    • MCMP342 Composition for Film & Video
    • 1 class chosen from (taking all of these courses is strongly recommended)
      • FPFV435 Sound T.A. Course
      • FPFV481 Sound Editing and Mixing
      • MTEC365 Digital Recording Studio
    • 1 class chosen from
      • MCMP402 Orchestration
      • MTHY451 Orchestral Thought
    • FPFV424 Aesthetics of Sound and Image.

    BFA Composition: Optional Concentration in Instrumental Composition

    • MCMP330-339 Writing for … (2 classes)
    • MPRF307 The Grammar of Conducting
    • MPRF408 Instrumental Conducting
    • MLSN0xx Performance Lessons (2 different orchestral instruments as assigned, 2 courses total)*
    • 1 class chosen from
      • MTHY450 Chamber Thought
      • MTHY454 The String Quartet since 1900
      • MTHY455 The Piano since 1900
    • 1 class chosen from
      • MCMP402 Orchestration
      • MTHY451 Orchestral Thought
    • 2 different classes chosen from
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
      • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
      • MBLE450 Sonic Boom Ensemble
      • MBLE460 Golia Large Ensemble

    *In specializations or concentrations for which lessons are required, students who do not own an appropriate instrument may need to rent one. Further information is available from the Music Office.

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    II. InstrumentalArts (BFA)

    Learning Goals

    The InstrumentalArts Specializations recognize that our students come to us with a wide range of musical backgrounds, experiences, and goals. These specializations ask each student to articulate their goals and intentions to their mentor each semester. Stated goals and intentions are noted and become a part of the student's individualized learning objectives. At the end of each year, student and mentor meet to discuss how the student is moving toward their goals, whether goals have changed, and what might be next. A detailed assessment report, and mentor report, as well as a copy of the student's stated goals become a part of the student's record.

    • Students are on their way to defining their place in the musical spectrum. They are learning about the musical communities they wish to join and are beginning to find their place within them. Ensemble playing, ranging from conducted ensembles and chamber music, to jazz, rock, improvisation, world music and /or interdisciplinary projects lead to a heightened awareness of community and collaborative learning situations.
    • Students are acquiring a foundation of technique, interpretive artistry, improvisation, sight-reading, composition, ensemble playing, stage presence, practice discipline, communication skills, self-motivation, professional deportment and demeanor, and are learning to develop these skills in a comprehensive manner that is appropriate to their unique individual needs and artistic aspirations.
    • Students are developing an awareness of their physical body as they explore optimal ways of holding and playing their instrument. They are developing a keen kinesthetic awareness of their physical relationship to their instrument and how that relationship is reflected in their playing.
    • Students are developing an understanding of performance practices that characterize different musical styles such as the many forms of jazz, popular, and world music, and the historical periods of Western music.
    • Students are exploring a wide range of intonation systems, ranging from exploring septimal commas to the sets of tuning scenarios available in common practice tonal music and in contemporary musical practice.
    • Students are becoming aware of contemporary performance practice, extended techniques and advanced skills on their instrument.
    • Students are becoming fluent with technology: audio and video recording technologies, website development, the most recent communication applications, and how these technologies will support their career development.
    • Students are coming to grasp the relevance to their specific musical style of the Core Curriculum and the even broader artistic, social, and cultural worldview of the Critical Studies curriculum and a better understanding of how these can expand and deepen their artistic possibilities.
    • Students are developing awareness that art is less an end result than a process in which excellence and self-transcendence are pursued constantly.

    The requirements listed in each sub-heading include the following areas of study: Brass, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Winds.

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    Brass (BFA Requirements)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA3-2. Upon approved declaration, the combined prerequisites and requirements listed below together become the student’s degree requirements in Music.

    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (to be completed by the end of BFA2-2)

    Students who have either declared this specialization or who may wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes, recommended in BFA1)
    • MPRF132 Brass Workshop (2 classes)
    • MBLE120 Brass Ensemble (2 classes)
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MBLExxx Ensemble as assigned from (2 classes)
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization
    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM, plus
    • All PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (completed by the end of BFA2-2), plus the following course requirements.
    • MLSN 111/117-119 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MPRF132 Brass Workshop (each semester)
    • MBLE120 Brass Ensemble (each semester)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D
    • MAIC403 Pedagogy I or MAIC404 Pedagogy II
    • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
    • MFOR102 Forums (2 classes)
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • MBLExxx Ensembles (each semester) chosen from
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
      • MBLE123 Woodwind Ensemble (for hornists)
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury and Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)

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    Guitar (BFA Program Requirements)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA3-2. Upon approved declaration, the combined prerequisites and requirements listed below together become the student's degree requirements in Music.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM, plus
    • All PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (completed by the end of BFA2-2), plus the following course requirements.
      • MLSN123 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
      • MFORxxx Forum, as assigned (2 classes recommended in BFA-1)
      • MPRF120 Guitar Workshop (each semester)
      • MBLExxx Ensemble, as guitarist (each semester)
      • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
      • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D  
      • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
      • MAIC403 Pedagogy I or MAIC404 Pedagogy II
      • ONE class chosen from:
        • MHST205 Western Music History I
        • MHST206 Western Music History II
      • ONE class chosen from:
        • MAIC240 Jazz History
        • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
        • MHST30x Music Cultures
        • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
      • THREE classes chosen from:
        • MAIC316 Blues Before 1960
        • MAIC314 The Music of Flamenco
        • MPRF245 Studio Projects for Guitar
        • MTHY270 Arranging for Guitar
        • MTHY273 Lute Tablature Transcription
        • MTHY274 Fretboard Theory
        • MTHY275 Figured Bass for Guitar & Lute
        • MTHY276 Analysis of Guitar Repertoire
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury and Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)

    Students who have either declared this specialization or who may wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MPRF120 Guitar Workshop (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forum, as assigned (2 classes, recommended in BFA1)
    • MBLExxx Ensemble, as guitarist (2 classes)
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    Harp (BFA Requirements)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA3-2. Upon approved declaration, the combined prerequisites and requirements listed below together become the student's degree requirements in Music.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM, plus
    • All PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (completed by the end of BFA2-2), plus the following course requirements.
      • MLSN100 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
      • MPRF123 Harp Studio Class (each semester)
      • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
      • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D 
      • MHST206 Western Music History II
      • One class chosen from: 
        • MAIC240 Jazz History
        • MHST205 Western Music History I
        • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
        • MHST350 Stylists & Innoators 1961-Now
        • MHST30x Music Cultures
        • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
      • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
      • MAIC403 Pedagogy I or MAIC404 Pedagogy II
      • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx Ensembles as assigned from (each semester):
        • MBLE106 Chamber Music
        • MBLE300 The Ensemble
      • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF490 Graduation Jury & Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)

    Students who have either declared this specialization or who may wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MPRF123 Harp Studio Class (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes, recommended in BFA1)
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MHST205 Western Music History I
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • MBLExxx Ensembles as assigned from (2 classes)
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    Percussion (BFA Requirements)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA3-2. Upon approved declaration, the combined prerequisites and requirements listed below together become the student's degree requirements in Music.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

    1. Complete CORE CURRICULUM, plus
    2. All PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (completed by the end of BFA2-2), plus the following course requirements.
    • MLSN100 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MLSN0xx Percussion Lesson electives (2 classes)
    • MPRF129 Percussion Workshop (each semester)
    • MBLE122 Percussion Ensemble (each semester)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D 
    • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
    • MAIC403 Pedagogy I or MAIC404 Pedagogy II
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MHST205 Western Music History I
      • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • MBLE300 The Ensemble (2 classes)
    • MBLExxx World Music Ensembles (2 classes)
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury and Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)

    Students who have either declared this specialization or who may wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MBLE122 Percussion Ensemble (2 classes)
    • MPRF129 Percussion Workshop (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes, recommended in BFA 1)
    • MBLExxx World Music Ensembles (2 classes)
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    Piano/Keyboard (BFA Requirements)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA3-2. Upon approved declaration, the combined prerequisites and requirements listed below together become the student's degree requirements in Music.

    Requirements for the specialization
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN116/113 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MPRF119 Piano Workshop (each semester)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
    • MPCD199 Undergraduate Independent Project: Pedagogy (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forums (4 classes)
    • MBLExxx Ensemble (as pianist) (each semester)
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury and Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    Note: The Core Curriculum MLSN003 Class Piano requirement is waived for Piano/Keyboard majors.

    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS
    (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MPRF119 Piano Workshop (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes, recommended in BFA1)
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MBLExxx Ensemble (as pianist) (2 classes)
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    Strings (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    Requirements fOr THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN100 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MPRF128 String Workshop (each semester)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D 
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
    • MAIC403 Pedagogy I or MAIC404 Pedagogy II
    • MFORxxx Forums (4 classes)
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (each semester):
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE107 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury & Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PRErequisites to THE SPECIALIZATION for undeclared students 
    (To be completed by the end of BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.
    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MPRF119 String Workshop (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes, recommended in BFA1)
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (4 classes):
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE107 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
    • Approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    Winds (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    requirements for the specialization
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN100 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MPRF122/124/130/131 Studio Class appropriate to major (each semester)
    • MPRF133 Woodwind Workshop (each semester)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D 
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MTHY315 Meaningful Interpretation
    • MAIC403 Pedagogy I or MAIC404 Pedagogy II
    • MFORxxx Forums (4 classes)
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned from (each semester)
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE107 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Recital
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury and Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS 
    (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.
    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MPRF122/124/130/131 Studio Class appropriate to major (2 classes)
    • MPRF133 Woodwind Workshop (2 classes)
    • MFORxxx Forums (2 classes, recommended in BFA1)
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (4 classes):
      • MBLE106 Chamber Music
      • MBLE107 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
      • MBLE300 The Ensemble
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    III. Jazz (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN 182 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MFOR107 Jazz Forum (3 classes)
    • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory
    • MTHY108 Transcription Skills 
    • MBLE201 Beginning African Ensemble
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • Any ONE of the following Theory Options: 
      • MTHY214 Counterpoint
      • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
      • MTHY217 Form
    • MPRF101/102 Undergraduate Jazz Improvisation
    • MPRF203 Harmonic Improvisation
    • ONE class chosen from
      • MCMP310 Jazz Composition
      • MCMP314 Jazz Arranging
    • MAIC240 Jazz History
    • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
    • MHST30x Music Cultures (1 class)
    • MBLE117 Jazz Student Ensemble (each semester)
    • MBLE118 Jazz Faculty Ensemble (each semester)
    • MPRF490 Graduation Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    prerequisites to THE SPECIALIZATION for undeclared students
    (to be completed by the end of bfa2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MFOR107 Jazz Forum
    • MTHY108 Transcription Skills 
    • MPRF101/102 Undergraduate Jazz Improvisation
    • MBLE201 Beginning African Ensemble
    • MBLE117 Jazz Student Ensemble
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    IV. MAP/ExPop (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    requirements for THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN083/183 Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MFOR104 ExPop Forum (3 classes)
    • MFOR10x Forum elective (1 class)
    • ICOM111 Intro to Sound Production
    • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • Mxxxxxx Vocal elective (see listing under BFA Core Curriculum above)
    • MBLE328 Collaborative Music Ensemble (3 classes)
    • ONE course chosen from
      • MTHY108 Transcription Skills
      • MTHY214 Counterpoint
      • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
      • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D
    • ONE course chosen from
      • MCMP309 Writing Words for Music
      • CCST470 Hip Hop Lab
      • CS course in poetry or creative writing
    • TWO ensemble courses chosen from (2 classes)
      • MCMP325 Experimental Music Workshop I
      • MCMP326 Experimental Music Workshop II
      • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
      • MBLE460 Golia Large Ensemble
      • MBLE450 Sonic Boom
      • MPRF498 Hip Hop Lab Practicum 
      • MTEC420 Grids, Beats & Groups
      • MTEC441 Composition for Robots
    • ONE course chosen from
      • MCMP308 Arranging as Production
      • MCMP314 Jazz Arranging
      • MCMP33x Writing for…
      • MCMP402 Orchestration
      • MTHY450 Chamber Thought
      • MTHY451 Orchestral Thought
    • THREE courses chosen from
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC316 Blues before 1960
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
      • MHST205 Western Music Survey I
      • MHST206 Western Music Survey II
      • MHST405–09 Focus Rock
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS
    (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.
    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MFOR104 ExPop Forum (2 classes)
    • MBLE328 Collaborative Music Ensemble
    • Mxxxxx Vocal elective (see listing under BFA Core Curriculum above)
    • ICOM111 Intro to Sound Production
    • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
    • ONE course chosen from
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC316 Blues before 1960
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    V. Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence & Design (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (except MTHY-112 Tonal Theory & Applications B)(see above)
    AUDIO PRODUCTION
    • MTEC101 Concert Production I
    • ICOM111 Intro to Sound Production
    TWO courses chosen from
    • MTEC102 Concert Production II
    • MTEC308 Advanced Production Techniques
    • MCMP404 Field Recording Workshop
    • MTEC365 Digital Recording Studio
    CREATIVE COMPUTING AND PROGRAMMING
    • ICOM201 Introduction to Programming I
    • ICOM202 Introduction to Programming II
    THREE courses chosen from
    • IDAR419 Immersive Experience Design
    • MTEC415 Visual Programming
    • MTEC418 Data Driven Art and Sound
    • MTEC421 C++ for Electronic Music I
    • Other Elective Computer Programming Courses
    DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
    • MTEC150 Sound Synthesis
    ONE course chosen from
    • MTEC155 Advanced Sound Synthesis
    • MTEC498E AI. Culture. Creativity
    ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

    TWO courses chosen from
    • MTEC330 Interface Design I
    • MTEC331 Interface Design II
    • MTEC450 Mechatronic Art and Music
    BREADTH IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
    • MFOR106 Creative Technology Forum (each semester)
    • MTEC490 Music Technology BFA Project (2 classes)
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS
    (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.
    • MTE101 Concert Production I
    • ICOM111 Intro to Sound Production
    • MTEC150 Sound Synthesis
    • MFOR106 Creative Technology Forum (2 classes)
    • ICOM201 Introduction to Programming I
    • ICOM202 Introduction to Programming II
    • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

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    VI. Performer-Composer (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM, plus
    • MLSN001 Minor Lessons in Composition (4 classes, one each semester in BFA1&2)
    • MLSN002-099 Minor Lessons in Performance (4 classes, one each semester in BFA1&2)
    • MLSN101/MLSN1xx Major Lesson(s) in Composition or Performance (4 classes in BFA3&4)
    • MFOR305 Performer-Composer Forum
    • MCMP105 Music Notation (in first Spring semester in residence)
    • MCMP120 Instrumental Composition I
    • MCMP121 Instrumental Composition II
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D
    • Any TWO of the following FOUR Core Theory Options:
      • MTHY217 Form (2 units)
      • MTHY214 Counterpoint (2 units)
      • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis (2 units)
    • any 2 units drawn from the following list of jazz courses:
      • MTHY108 Transcription Skills (2 units)
      • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory (1 unit, may be repeated)
      • MPRF101 Jazz Improvisation, Group (1 unit, may be repeated)
      • MPRF102 Jazz Improvisation, 1-on-1 (1 unit, may be repeated)
    • ICOM111 Introduction to Sound Production
    • MTHY310 Acoustics for Musicians
    • ONE class chosen from
      • MCMP314 Jazz Arranging
      • MCMP316 Arranging for Experimental Pop
      • MCMP402 Orchestration
      • MTHY451 Orchestral Thought
    • ONE class chosen from
      • MCMP465 Composition with Max/MSP
      • MTEC270 Composing with Technology
      • MTEC360 Audio Signal Processing
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
      • MBLE415 Networked Music Ensemble
      • MBLE450 Sonic Boom Ensemble
      • MBLE460 Golia Large Ensemble
      • MCMP325 Experimental Music Workshop I
    • MBLExxx / MPRFxxx Workshops, Ensembles or Performance studies appropriate to performance emphasis (2 classes)
    • MCMP/MHST/MTHY300-480 Advanced Composition, History or Theory Electives (2 classes not fulfilling any other music requirement)
    • MCMP490 Graduation Portfolio & Website Review (portfolio must include substantial original work)
    • MPRF490 Graduation Jury and Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS
    (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.
    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MFOR305 Performer-Composer Forum
    • MCMP105 Music Notation (in first Spring semester in residence)
    • MCMP120 Instrumental Composition I
    • MCMP121 Instrumental Composition II
    • MTHY112 Tonal Theory & Applications B
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization 

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    VII. VoiceArts (BFA)

    VoiceArts (BFA Requirements)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    REQuirements for the specialization
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM (see above)
    • MLSN122 Voice Lessons, as assigned (each semester)
    • MPRF115 & MPRF116 VoiceArts Foundation I & II (2 classes)
    • MPRF110 Vocal Coaching
    • MPRF310 Advanced Vocal Coaching 
    • MFOR103 Voice Forum (2 classes)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY204 Practical Musicianship D
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MHST205 Western Music History I
      • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC240 Jazz History
      • MAIC401 Improvisation: Uses & Lineage
      • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MHST345 Topics in Vocal Literature
      • MHST425 Survey of Sound Art
    • ONE class chosen from:
      • MAIC410 Physiology of the Voice 
      • MPCD420 Teaching the Voice
    • MPRF454 Sounding the Voice  
    • MBLE Vocal Ensembles and/or Vocal Projects (4 classes)
    • Keyboard Requirement (in addition to core) as approved by mentor, chosen from
      • MLSN016 Piano: Non–Hour Lessons (audition required)
      • MTHY131 Bach Keyboard Pieces
      • MTHY240 Jazz Keyboard Theory       
    • Techniques (1 class)
      • MCMP110 Introduction to Composition
      • MCMP336 Writing for Voice
      • MLSN565/665 Javanese Voice
      • MLSN573/673 North Indian Voice
      • MPCD420 Teaching the Voice
      • MPRF101 Jazz Improvisation
      • MPRF102 Jazz Improvisation
      • MPRF126 Experimental Voice Workshop
      • MPRF221 Aza African Song
      • MPRF452 Contemporary Vocal Techniques
      • MPRF498B Mic Use for Vocalists
      • MTHY120 Beginning Svar Graam (vocal)
      • MTHY130 Bach Chorale Singing
      • MTHY215 Song Writing & Analysis
      • MTHY305 Advanced Sight-Singing
      • MTHY322 Advanced Svar Graam (vocal)
      • other techniques course as approved by mentor
    • Language and Text (2 classes)
      • CCRW212 Intro to Creative Writing
      • CCRW214 Adventures in Form and Chaos (poetry writing)
      • CCRW336 Eco Writing
      • CCRW222 Creative Writing Workshop
      • CCRW211 Hip Hop Poetics Workshop
      • CCRW350 Sent Us of the Air: Poetry Writing class
      • CCRW345 Fabulous Writing
      • CMWP444 Hybrid Writing
      • CHMN131 Wet Black Ink
      • CHCM135 Contemporary Literature
      • CHMN335 Queer Books
      • CHMN336 Pornography and Sex Writing
      • MAIC470 Hip Hop Lab
      • MCMP309 Words for Music
      • MPRF212 English Diction and Repertoire
      • MPRF213 Italian and Spanish Diction
      • MPRF214 French Diction
      • MPRF215 German Diction
      • MPRF453 What Kind of Text is That?
      • TAIC300 Survey of World Theater—Text
      • other language and text course as approved by mentor
    • Contextualization (1 class)
      • MHSTxxx any MHST (music history) course
      • MPRF451 Singing the Books
      • MPRF455 Dada Divas
      • MPRF456 Readings in VoiceArts
      • TAIC305 Survey of World Theater—Performance Tactics
      • TAIC310 Survey of World Theater—Arts Activism
      • other contextualization course as approved by mentor
    • Performance and Interpretation (1 class)
      • MBLExxx any MBLE (music ensemble) course
      • MCMP325 Experimental Music Workshop I
      • MCMP326 Experimental Music Workshop II
      • MCMP450 HyperOpera
      • MCMP416 Concert Theater
      • MPRF126 Experimental Voice Workshop
      • MPRF211 Bodies and Voice
      • MPRF221 Aza African Song
      • MPRF310 Advanced Vocal Coaching (beyond that which is required)
      • MPFR402 Opera Theater
      • MPRF451 Singing the Books
      • MPRF452 Contemporary Vocal Techniques
      • MPRF453 What Kind of Text is That?
      • MPRF455 Dada Divas
      • other performance or interpretation course as approved by mentor
    • MPRF290 Mid-Residence Performance Project/Recital
    • MCMP490 Graduation Portfolio/Website Review
    • MPRF490 Graduation Performance Project/Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)
    PREREQUISITES TO THE SPECIALIZATION FOR UNDECLARED STUDENTS
    (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF BFA2-2)
    Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.
    • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
    • MFOR103 Voice Forum
    • MPRF115 & MPRF116 VoiceArts Foundation I & II (2 classes)
    • MPRF110 Vocal Coaching
    • MBLExxx Vocal Ensembles and/or Vocal Projects (2 classes)
    • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization 

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    VIII. World Music Performance (BFA)

    Undergraduate students may be accepted to CalArts with a specialization, or with approval from faculty they may subsequently declare a specialization at any time before their Mid-Residence Review in BFA2-2. 

    Requirements for the specialization
    • Complete CORE CURRICULUM, plus
    • MLSN181 Hour Lesson as assigned (each semester)
    • MTHY203 Practical Musicianship C
    • MTHY108 Transcription Skills (or other transcription class as approved by mentor)
    • MHST30x Music Cultures (2 classes)
    • MTHYxxx World Music Theory Electives chosen from (4 classes):
      • MTHY222 North Indian Theory
      • MTHY228 Journey to the Persian Music
      • MTHY226 African Music Theory
      • MTHY224 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
      • MTHY120 Beginning Svar Graam (Vocal)
      • MTHY322 Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal)
      • MTHY425 Tala Systems
    • ONE African Music Ensemble chosen from
      • MBLE201 Beginning African Ensemble
      • MBLE205 Azoli Highlife Ensemble
      • MBLE206 Aza Talking Drum Ensemble
      • MBLE211 Advanced African Ensemble
      • MPRF221 African Song
      • MBLE250 Beginning African Dance
      • MBLE251 Advanced African Dance
    • ONE Balinese/Javanese Ensemble chosen from
      • MBLE210 Beginning Javanese Gamelan
      • MBLE211 Advanced Javanese Gamelan
      • MBLE220 Beginning Balinese Gamelan
      • MBLE221 Advanced Balinese Gamelan
      • MBLE222 Gender Wayang Ensemble
      • MBLE223 Balinese Flute Ensemble
      • MBLE224 Kecak Ensemble
      • MBLE252 Balinese Dance
      • MBLE254 Javanese Dance (Women)
      • MBLE256 Javanese Dance (Men)
    • ONE North Indian Ensemble chosen from
      • MBLE230 Beginning North Indian Ensemble
      • MBLE430 Advanced North Indian Ensemble
      • MBLE104 Tabla Ensemble
    • ONE other World Music Ensemble chosen from
      • MBLE103 Beg. World Percussion Ensemble
      • MBLE203 Adv. World Percussion Ensemble
      • MPRF223 Beginning Shakuhachi Workshop
      • MPRF328 Latin Percussion
      • MBLE240 Persian Ensemble
      • other world music ensemble as approved
    • MBLE xxx additional World Music Ensembles (8 classes)
    • MBLExxx Ensemble electives outside of World Music Specialization (4 classes) chosen from
      • MBLE117 Jazz Student Ensemble
      • MBLE118 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
      • MBLE302 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      • MBLE310 Improvisation Ensemble
      • MBLE327 Multi-Focus Ensemble
      • MBLE450 Sonic Boom Ensemble
      • MBLE460 Golia Large Ensemble
      • other ensemble outside of world music
    • MPRF490 Graduation Recital
    • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)

      PRerequisites to the specialization for undeclared students
      (to be completed by the end of BFA2-2)

      Students who wish to declare this specialization must complete the following requirements by the end of BFA2-2.

      • MLSNxxx Lessons (each semester)
      • MTHY108 Transcription Skills (or other transcription class as approved by mentor)
      • MTHYxxx/MPRFxxx ONE theory or performance studies course in world music
      • MHST30x Music Cultures
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensembles (4 classes)
      • approved portfolio & performance assessment for the specialization

       

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      Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts Program Requirements

      Two years of intensive study are required for the Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts. Some individualized specializations may require 3 years.

      Learning Goals

      By the time they graduate, students will have had opportunity to:

      • consolidate a forward-looking approach to music-making that is exploratory while recognizing precedent and tradition, and that is appropriate to the challenges and opportunities in today’s rapidly developing climate of global music,
      • develop advanced abilities appropriate to their individual artistic and professional aspirations,
      • offer and receive constructive critique regarding their musical work and thinking from both senior practitioners and peers,
      • discover collaborative possibilities through engagement with other artistic métiers,
      • engage music from diverse historical, cultural and aesthetic contexts—including currently emerging musical forms and musical traditions from around the world,
      • perform within ensemble contexts and gain advanced experience with the particular demands and rewards of performing with other musicians,
      • analyze and communicate in detail the content and contexts of diverse musics,
      • produce and present professional-quality documentation of their artistic work in appropriate media,
      • realize distinctive musical projects reflecting their own artistic interests,
      • demonstrate productive self-discipline reflecting an awareness that art is less an end result than a process in which excellence and self-transcendence are pursued constantly.

      I. Composition & Experimental Sound Practices (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

      • MLSN601 Composition Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MFOR501/508 Graduate Composers' or ESP Forum (4 classes in total)
      • Composition courses with the prefix MCMP totaling at least 6 units
      • Courses in music technology, theory, history, pedagogy, performance or world music (non-MCMP music courses, at least 10 units)
      • Courses outside the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MCMP690 Graduation Portfolio Review
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      II. InstrumentalArts (MFA)

      Brass (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

      • MLSN611/617-619 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF532 Brass Workshop (2 classes)
      • MBLE620 Brass Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MHST500+...Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY/MCMP600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis or Composition (2 classes)
      • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (each semester, 4 classes):
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music Ensemble
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
      • Studies in Extended Techniques, Improvisation, and/or Interpretation: two classes chosen from
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE607 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
        • MBLE627 Multi-Focus Ensemble
        • MBLE650 Sonic Boom Ensemble
        • MBLE660 Golia Large Ensemble
        • MHST601 Improvisation: Uses and Lineage
        • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
        • MPRF512 Jazz Improvisation (1-on-1)
        • MTHY577 Baroque Accompaniment
        • MTHY600+
      • MFOR502 Performance Forum (in Spring Semesters, 2 classes)
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • MPCD599 Independent Pedagogy Project
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Guitar (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
      • MLSN623 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF520 Guitar Workshop (4 classes)
      • MHST500+ Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY/MCMP600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis or Composition (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx Coached Small Ensemble (4 classes) chosen from
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
        • MBLE627 Multi-Focus Ensemble
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Harp (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

      • MLSN600 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF523 Harp Studio Class (4 classes)
      • MHST500+ Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis (2 classes)
      • Studies in Extended Techniques, Improvisation, and/or Interpretation: two classes chosen from
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE607 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble 
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble 
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble 
        • MBLE627 Multi-Focus Ensemble 
        • MBLE650 Sonic Boom Ensemble 
        • MBLE660 Golia Large Ensemble 
        • MHST601 Improvisation: Uses and Lineage
        • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
        • MPRF512 Jazz Improvisation (1-on-1) 
        • MTHY577 Baroque Accompaniment
      • • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (each semester, 4 classes):
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music Ensemble
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
      • • MFOR502 Performance Forum (2 classes) (each Spring Semester)
      • • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy
      • • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 Classes)
      • • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Percussion (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

      • MLSN600 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF529 Percussion Workshop (4 classes)
      • MBLE622 Percussion Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MHST500+ Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis (2 classes)
      • MBLE Ensembles as assigned (each semester, 4 classes)
      • MFOR502/503/505/507 Forums (2 classes)
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • Studies in Extended Techniques, Improvisation and/or Interpretation: two classes chosen from
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
        • MBLE627 Multi-Focus Ensemble
        • MBLE650 Sonic Boom Ensemble
        • MBLE660 Golia Large Ensemble
        • MHST601 Improvisation: Uses and Lineage
        • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961–Now
        • MPRF512 Jazz Improvisation (1-on-1)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble elective (4 classes, see listing under BFA Core Curriculum above)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Piano/Keyboard (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS for the specialization
      • MLSN616 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF519 Piano Workshop (each semester, 4 classes)
      • MHST500+ Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis (2 classes)
      • MFOR502 Performance Forum (2 classes) (each Spring Semester)
      • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles or Accompanying Project (each semester, 4 classes):
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music Ensemble
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE599 Independent Study
      • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • Movement class: 2 classes chosen from
        • DTCH501/503 Institute Dance
        • MBLE552 Balinese Dance
        • MBLE554/556 Javanese Dance
        • MPRF605 Yoga for Musicians
        • TACT514 Movement – Yoga
        • TGEN570/571 Intro to Tai Chi
      • Keyboard Studies Electives (2 classes)
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
        • MLSN513/613 Harpsichord Lesson
        • MSLN533/633 Jazz Piano Lesson
        • MTHY540 Jazz Keyboard Theory
        • MTHY577 Baroque Accompaniment
        • other keyboard studies elective as approved by mentor
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Collaborative Keyboard (MFA)

      requirements for the specialization
      • MLSN616 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF604 Special Studies in Collaborative Performance
      • MPRF510 Graduate Vocal Repertoire Coaching (minimum 2 classes)
      • MHST545 Topics in Vocal Literature
      • MLNG601-603 Foreign Language Diction for Singers (minimum 2 classes)
      • MPRF599 Independent Study
      • MHST/MTHY 600+ advanced Music History/Literature or Theory (3 classes)
      • Ensembles as assigned (each semester, 4 classes):
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music Ensemble
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE607 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
        • MPRF502 Opera Theater
      • MFOR502 or MFOR503 Performance Forum or Voice Forum (2 classes minimum)
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy
      • Movement class: 2 classes chosen from
        • DTCH501/503 Institute Dance
        • MBLE550/551 Aza Beginning/Advanced African Dance
        • MBLE552 Balinese Dance
        • MBLE554/556 Javanese Dance
        • MPRF605 Yoga for Musicians
        • TACT514 Movement – Yoga
        • TGEN570/571 Intro to Tai Chi
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Strings (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS for the Specialization

      • MLSN 600 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF528 String Workshop (4 classes)
      • MHST500+ Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis (2 classes)
      • Studies in Extended Techniques, Improvisation and/or Interpretation: two classes chosen from
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE607 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
        • MBLE627 Multi-Focus Ensemble
        • MBLE650 Sonic Boom Ensemble
        • MBLE660 Golia Large Ensemble
        • MHST601 Improvisation: Uses and Lineage
        • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961-Now
        • MPRF512 Jazz Improvisation (1-on-1)
        • MPRF609 Topics in Historically Informed Performance
        • MTHY577 Baroque Accompaniment

      • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (each semester):
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music Ensemble
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
      • MFOR502 Performance Forum (2 classes) (each Spring Semester)
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
      • MPCD599 or ICSE650 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy or Arts Pedagogy
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Winds (MFA)

      Requirements for the specialization
      • MLSN 600 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MBLE623 Woodwind Workshop (2 classes)
      • MPRF522/524/530/531 Studio Class as appropriate to major (4 classes)
      • MHST500+ Advanced Music History and Literature (2 classes)
      • MTHY600+ Advanced Theory/Analysis (2 classes)
      • Studies in Extended Techniques, Improvisation and/or Interpretation: two classes chosen from
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE607 Baroque Chamber Music & Arias
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble
        • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble
        • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble
        • MBLE627 Multi-Focus Ensemble
        • MBLE650 Sonic Boom Ensemble
        • MBLE660 Golia Large Ensemble
        • MHST670 Frontiers of Instrumentation
        • MHST601 Improvisation: Uses and Lineage
        • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961-Now
        • MPRF512 Jazz Improvisation (1-on-1)
        • MPRF609 Topics in Historically Informed Performance
        • MTHY577 Baroque Accompaniment
      • MPCD599 or ICSE650 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy or Arts Pedagogy (1 class)
      • Chamber/Conducted Ensembles as assigned (each semester, 4 classes):
        • MBLE606 Graduate Chamber Music Ensemble
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
      • MFOR502 Performance Forum (in Spring Semesters, 2 classes)
      • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians (1 class)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury and Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      III. Jazz (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION

      These requirements are applicable to the following areas of study:
      Jazz Bass, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Keyboard, Jazz Drums, Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Trombone, Jazz Reeds and Jazz Performance.

      • MLSN682 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MCMP610 Jazz Composition
      • MCMP500+ upper-level composition elective
      • MPRF603 Harmonic Improvisation
      • MBLE618 Jazz Faculty Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MBLE617 Jazz Student Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MFOR507 Jazz Forum (2 classes)
      • MHST550 Stylists & Innovators 1961-Now
      • MHST/MTHY500+ upper-level history, theory or analysis elective
      • MBLE501 Beginning African Music Ensemble
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      IV. Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence & Design Specialization (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
      • MFOR506 Creative Technology Forum (4 classes)
      • MTEC685 Teaching in Technology (2 classes)
      • MTEC690 Music Technology MFA Project (variable units; must enroll each semester in residence)
      • MTEC691 Thesis

      CREATIVE COMPUTING AND PROGRAMMING 

      • MTEC613 Introduction to Programming I
      • MTEC614 Introduction to Programming II
      • THREE courses chosen from
        • IDAR619 Immersive Experience Design
        • MTEC615 Visual Programming 
        • MTEC618 Data Driven Art and Sound
        • MTEC621 C++ for Electronic Music I
        • Other Elective Computer Programming Courses
      DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
      • MTEC650 Sound Synthesis
      • MTEC655 Advanced Sound Synthesis
      • MTEC698C Advanced Electronic Music Production
      • MTEC698E AI. Culture. Creativity

      ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

      • MTEC630 Interface Design I
      • MTEC631 Interface Design II

      DIGITAL CREATIVE PRACTICE / COMPOSITION / INSTALLATION

      • TWO courses chosen from:
        • MTEC619 Immersive Experience Design
        • MCMP615 Choreographers & Composers
        • MTEC540 Machine Orchestra
        • MTEC618 Data Driven Art & Visuals
        • MTEC520 Grids, Beats, and Groups
        • MTEC5xx/6xx Upper-Division Music Technology electives

      BREADTH IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

      • Courses outside the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      V. Performer-Composer (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
      • MLSN690 Hour Lesson(s) in Performance or Composition as assigned (4 classes)
      • MLSN504-578 Lesson(s), in Year I, in whichever area (Performance or Composition) the Hour Lesson is not taken (2 classes)
      • MFOR505 Performer-Composer Forum (2 classes)
      • MFOR501/502/503/506/507/508 Other Graduate forums (2 classes)
      • Composition courses (with the prefix MCMP) totaling at least 4 units
      • Performance courses (with the prefix MBLE or MPRF) totaling at least 4 units
      • Courses in music technology, theory, history, or pedagogy, (with prefix MTEC, MTHY, MHST or MPCD, at least 10 units)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital (must include substantial original work)
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury & Recital (must include substantial original work)
      • MCMP690 Graduation Portfolio Review
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      VI. VoiceArts (MFA)

      REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIALIZATION
      • MLSN 622 Hour Lessons as assigned (4 classes)
      • MPRF510 Graduate Vocal Coaching
      • MHST500–510, 600–699 or MTHY510, 600–699 History/Literature/Theory/Analysis (2 classes)
      • FOUR Experimental Voice classes chosen from
        • MCMP625 & 626 Experimental Music Workshop I & II
        • MPRF526 Experimental Voice Workshop
        • MPRF611 Bodies and Voice
        • MPRF651-659 Focused Topics in VoiceArts
        • other experimental voice courses as approved by mentor
      • MPRF610 Physiology of the Voice
      • Pedagogy Course, chosen from (1 course):
        • MPCD620 Teaching the Voice
        • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy
        • ICSE650 Arts Pedagogy
      • MFOR503 Voice Forum (minimum 1 class or as assigned by mentor)
      • Performance project or ensemble electives, chosen in consultation with mentor chosen from (4 classes)
        • MBLE500 The Ensemble
        • MBLE601 Chamber Singers
        • MBLE602 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
        • MBLE606 Chamber Music
        • MBLE607 Baroque Chamber Music
        • MBLE610 Improvisation Ensemble
        • MBLE625 Creative Electronic Ensemble
        • MBLE650 Sonic Boom Ensemble
        • MBLE699 Independent Study Ensemble
        • MCMP616 Concert Theater
        • MCMP650 HyperOpera
        • MPRF502 Opera Theater
        • MPRF699 Independent Study
        • other performance project course as approved by mentor
      • Career preparation course chosen from:
        • MPCD650 Career Design for Musicians
        • MTEC617 Media and Web Development    
        • TGEN750 Entrepreneurship: The Artist as Entrepreneur
        • TGEN755 The Business of Art: Entrepreneurial Training for Artists
        • other professional development courses as approved by mentor
      • Performance theory or practicum classes outside of Music (2 classes)
        • CCST510 Theater of the Oppressed
        • CCST567 Artists as Participants
        • CCST568 Arts of the Invisible
        • CMWP630 Performance Theory and Practice
        • DCHR501 Institute Dance Composition
        • DCHR501 Institute Dance Composition
        • DTCH500 Institute Dance Technique
        • DTCH503 Institute Dance
        • FFDP604 Advanced Acting Workshop
        • FVEA608 Voice and Text: A Mosaic
        • TACT660 Improvisation
        • TACT661 Improvisation
        • THST530 Grad Seminar: Adaptation
        • THST535 Grad Seminar: Dramaturgy
        • THST540 Grad Seminar: Translation
        • THST545 Grad Seminar: Theater of Witness
        • TGEN510 Institute Acting Techniques I
        • TGEN515 Institute Acting Techniques II
        • TGEN520 Institute Directing I
        • TGEN525 Institute Directing II
        • TGEN660 Improvisation
        • TIMM571 Performing Object Lab
        • other movement class as approved by mentor
      • Courses in movement techniques (2 classes) chosen from
        • DCHR601 Graduate Advanced Improvisation
        • DTCH501/503 Institute Dance 
        • MBLE552 Balinese Dance
        • MBLE554/556 Javanese Dance
        • MPRF605 Yoga for Musicians
        • TACT514 Movement – Yoga
        • TGEN570/571 Intro to Tai Chi
        • other movement class as approved by mentor
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensemble (in MFA1)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF590 Mid-Residence Recital
      • MPRF690 Graduation Jury & Recital
      • MCMP690 Graduation Portfolio Review
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

      The VoiceArts specialization requires a review of each student's professional portfolio development each semester as a component of the lesson requirement.

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      VII. World Music Performance (MFA)

      African Music and Dance (MFA)

      Requirements for the specialization

      Two years of intensive study in the field of emphasis are required. A final recital or series of performances is required. Mentors may require a written thesis.

      • MLSN681 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MLSN540-578 Lessons (2 classes, as approved by Mentor)
      • MHST512 Ethnology of African Music
      • MHST500-509 Music Cultures
      • MTHY508 Transcription Skills (or other transcription class as approved by mentor)
      • TWO classes chosen from:
        • MPRF620 Tabla Accompaniment
        • MTHY520/ MTHY522 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal)
        • MTHY521/ MTHY523 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Instrumental)
        • MTHY622 North Indian Theory
        • MTHY628 Journey to the Persian Music
        • MTHY626 African Music Theory
        • MTHY624 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
      • MTHY625 Tala Systems
      • MBLE502 Aza Advanced African Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MBLE World Music Ensembles, outside of African specialization (4 classes) (see list under BFA Core Curriculum)
      • MBLE550 African Dance (at least 1 class)
      • MPRF621 African Song (at least 1 class)
      • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy (2 classes)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF690 Graduation Recital

      Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance (MFA)

      Requirements for the specialization

      Two years of intensive study in the field of emphasis are required. A final recital or series of performances is required. Mentors may require a written thesis.

      • MLSN681 Graduate Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MLSN540-578 Lessons (2 classes, as approved by Major)
      • MHST500-509 Music Cultures (2 classes)
      • MTHY508 Transcription Skills (or other transcription class as approved by mentor)
      • TWO classes chosen from:
        • MPRF620 Tabla Accompaniment
        • MTHY520/ MTHY522 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal)
        • MTHY521/ MTHY523 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Instrumental)
        • MTHY622 North Indian Theory
        • MTHY628 Journey to the Persian Music
        • MTHY626 African Music Theory
        • MTHY624 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
        • MTHY625 Tala Systems
      • MBLE511/521 Advanced Javanese/Balinese Gamelan (4 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensembles, outside of Balinese/Javanese music (4 classes)
      • MBLE552/554/556 Balinese and/or Javanese Dance (4 classes)
      • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy (2 classes)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF690 Graduation Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      North Indian Music (MFA)

      Requirements for the specialization

      Two years of intensive study in the field of emphasis are required. A final recital or series of performances is required. Mentors may require a written thesis.

      • MLSN681 Hour Lesson as assigned (4 classes)
      • MLSN540-578 Lessons (2 classes, as approved by Mentor) 
      • MHST500-509 Music Cultures (2 classes)
      • MTHY508 Transcription Skills (or other transcription class as approved by mentor)
      • Two classes chosen from:
        • MPRF620 Tabla Accompaniment
        • MTHY520/ MTHY522 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal)
        • MTHY521/ MTHY523 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Instrumental)
        • MTHY622 North Indian Theory
        • MTHY628 Journey to the Persian Music
        • MTHY626 African Music Theory
        • MTHY624 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
        • MTHY625 Tala Systems
      • MBLE530/604 North Indian or Tabla Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MBLExxx World Music Ensembles, outside of major focus (4 classes) (see listing under BFA Core Curriculum)
      • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy (2 classes)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF690 Graduation Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      World Percussion (MFA)

      Requirements for the specialization

      Two years of intensive study in the field of emphasis are required. A final recital or series of performances is required. Mentors may require a written thesis. 

      • MLSN 679 Hour Lessons as assigned (4 classes)
      • MLSN 515/540/550/561/570 Lessons (2 classes, as approved by Mentor)
      • MHST500-509 Music Cultures (2 classes)
      • MTHY508 Transcription Skills (or other transcription class as approved by mentor)
      • FOUR classes chosen from:
        • MPRF628 Latin Percussion
        • MPRF620 Tabla Accompaniment
        • MTHY520/ MTHY522 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Vocal)
        • MTHY521/ MTHY523 Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam (Instrumental)
        • MTHY622 North Indian Theory
        • MTHY628 Journey to the Persian Music
        • MTHY626 African Music Theory
        • MTHY624 Java/Bali: Music-Dance-Theory
        • MTHY625 Tala Systems
      • MBLE603/604 Adv. World Percussion Ensemble / Tabla Ensemble (4 classes)
      • MBLExxx Other World Music Ensembles (4 classes) (see listing under BFA Core Curriculum)
      • MPCD599 Graduate Independent Project: Pedagogy (2 classes)
      • Courses outside of the School of Music (2 classes)
      • Wintersession (2 units of coursework with subject code MITM, taken in January)
      • MPRF690 Graduation Recital
      • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)

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      Doctor of Musical Arts Program Requirements

      I. Performer-Composer (DMA)

      Learning Goals

      Upon attainment of the DMA degree, students should have demonstrated an original and coherent artistic vision that fuses performance and composition in unique and compelling ways, and should manifest excellence as educators and advocates for evolutionary and exploratory art. Specifically, they should demonstrate:

      • a high level of critically aware artistic production demonstrated by a substantial body of mature, well-documented artworks and performances that articulate a unique creative voice;
      • advanced technical and performance skills facilitating the consummate execution of diverse artistic projects;
      • the scholarly ability to effectively contextualize and conceptualize their work and that of other artists, supported by broad historical and theoretical knowledge relevant to their artistic milieu;
      • persuasive written and oral communication skills enabling advocacy to diverse audiences of their own artistic ideas and practices, as well as of other exploratory art;
      • outstanding pedagogical and assessment skills and experience, including the employment of interactive and experiential learning modalities;
      • strong organizational and collaborative skills that complement entrepreneurial vision and expertise, including the ability to plan, promote and realize public events;
      • a command of both traditional and emerging approaches to the delivery of scholarly and creative work, including professional development methods and strategies (e.g., media distribution formats, website preparation and Internet usage, grant-writing skills, production and management techniques, etc.).

      DMA Program Requirements

      • DMA Students must satisfactorily complete the program of studies formulated each semester by the student and their faculty Mentor, as well as all requirements specified in this section of this Catalog.
      • The DMA program requires a minimum of 60 credit units in total, with a minimum enrollment of 10 units per semester, and a minimum residence of six full-time semesters. The course requirements for the DMA program are as follows.
      • MLSN701/MLSN704-799 Composition and/or Performance Lessons (each semester in residence)
      • MCMP700 Doctoral Seminar (each semester in residence)
      • MHST703 Performer-Composer: History & Aesthetics
      • MPCD701 Teaching the Teacher
      • MPCD704 Professional Development
      • MPCD740 Teaching Practicum (5 classes)
      • MTHY750 Topic-Driven Research and Exploration (6 classes minimum with at least 3 different instructors)
      • MPRF790 Performance Project (2 classes)
      • MCMP790 Doctoral Project (2 classes)
      • Approved Electives (3 classes, approved by mentor as relevant to the student's research direction)
      • Free Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)
      • MCMP791 DMA First-Year Review
      • MCMP792 DMA Qualifying Examination
      • MCMP794 DMA Final Review

      DMA students must pass a First Year Review (MCMP790). This review is conducted by the student's Doctoral Examining Committee. This Committee comprises a total of 3-4 faculty members and must include the student's Mentor and MTHY750 (Topic-Driven Research) instructors. During this review, the student's artistic, intellectual, academic, professional and pedagogical development is examined, progress is assessed, problems are discussed, and changes to the curriculum are considered.

      DMA students must pass Written and Oral Qualifying Examinations (MCMP792) before advancing to degree candidacy. The Qualifying Examinations are administered by the student's Doctoral Examining Committee. In preparation for the Qualifying Examinations, the student must enroll in MTHY750 (Topic-Driven Research) at least 6 times with a minimum of 3 different DEC members addressing 3 respective topic areas. This typically takes place over the course of the student's second year in the DMA program. The MTHY750 topic areas are agreed upon by the student and the MTHY750 instructors in light of the student's professional and artistic goals and are subject to approval by the Doctoral Policy Committee. The DMA Qualifying Examinations can be repeated at most once. Any second trial must occur within four months of the first trial. Unsatisfactory performance at the second trial is grounds for dismissal from the Herb Alpert School of Music.


      Before the awarding of the degree each DMA student must pass a Final Review (MCMP794), conducted by their Doctoral Examining Committee. This review assesses the student's artistic, intellectual, academic, professional, and pedagogical standing in relation to the Learning Goals and Rubrics for the DMA program, and includes detailed evaluation of all components of the student's Doctoral Project (MCMP790), and particularly of the student's Professional Portfolio.

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