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Mission statement

The CSUSB Department of Music provides students with a rigorous musical education as a foundation for a lifelong understanding and love of music, as well as preparation for a wide variety of careers in music. We accomplish this through an emphasis on undergraduate education, small class size, and close interactions between faculty and students, all with a continual focus on artistic expression. Consistent with the university’s mission, the department is also committed to serving the campus and Inland Empire communities through on-going performance and educational initiatives.

Music Major and Minor Curriculums

The Music Department at CSUSB offers two bachelor degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music with Concentrations in Performance (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Instrumental) and Pre-Certification (Education). In addition, the department offers three minors, including a Minor in Music, Minor in Music Technology, Minor in Alternative Styles of Music.

Degrees in Music

The CSUSB Bachelor of Arts in Music gives students a strong foundation in music theory, history, and performance, providing a base for further study and careers in music. Additionally, the degree's free electives allow students to pursue study in areas of particular interest, including, with the permission of a music advisor, the substitution of courses from disciplines outside of music.

CSUSB’s Bachelor of Music program prepares students for careers as professional performers of classical art music or in music teaching. Students must meet rigorous academic and artistic standards to enter and continue in the program, and after graduation the majority of students in performance concentrations pursue advanced music degrees or similar post-baccalaureate training.  Students in the pre-certification concentration pursue post-baccalaureate credentials to teach music.  The performance concentrations put particular focus on real world performing as a supplementary learning experience, with emphasis on auditions for professional engagements and competitions, service learning, and formation of ad hoc ensembles. The pre-Certification concentration puts similar focus on pre-professional activities, including substantive observations in school music settings, as well as pursuit of meaningful paid or volunteer teaching in such settings.

Music Minors

Minor in Music: This is the most open-ended of the Music Department's minors. It is intended for students who wish to continue their secondary school musical experiences on a collegiate level, but are not interested in majoring in music. The curriculum presumes some prior experience in performing on a wind, percussion, or string instrument, or as singer. This is the most popular of the department's minors.

Minor in Music Technology (formerly “Recording Arts”): This minor is for students interested in the study of digital audio, recording technology, and electronic music. The curriculum presumes no prior experience in music or use of recording equipment. This is a minor commonly completed by students interested in supplementing work in a related major and with career goals for which knowledge of digital audio or recording would be helpful.   This is also a relatively popular minor, and one often pursued by music majors.

Minor in Alternative Styles of Music: This minor is designed to meet the needs of our students who frequently come in to the Music Department with a background in alternative styles (jazz, mariachi, rock n'roll, etc.), and are seeking to pursue a career in a field other than western classical music. The minor requires courses in music history that are pertinent to alternative styles, as well as courses in applied music, composing/arranging, and/or technology studies. Students will be required to enroll in alternative styles performance ensembles and to complete both the music business class "The Artist Entrepreneur's Toolkit" and the Alternative Styles Capstone. Students will become well-rounded in the history, construction, and performance practice associated with alternative styles, and then to be able to couple this knowledge with a music business class and a capstone project that will prepare our students for a career in the "real world" industry of alternative/popular styles of music.


 

Courses in Other Programs

The Music Department offers several courses in the General Education curriculum and in the Liberal Studies teaching track. These include:

  • General Education, C.1 "Arts" category: MUS 2266, Creating digital Media Using Personal Electronic Technology, MUS 1969 LGBTQ+ Influences in Music and MUS 1800 Studies in Music, one of the most popular courses on campus.
  • General Education, C.4 "Multicultural/Gender" category: MUS 3500 Music of World Cultures and MUS 3080 Women in Music and MUS 3390  Jazz History in America.
  • Liberal Studies: MUS 3705 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers and MUS 4455 Arts in Action: Music

Further information about Liberal Studies is available on the Liberal Studies website and about General Education on the Undergraduate Studies website.

Course Rotations

The Music Department offers all applied lesson courses every semester to accommodate music majors' degree requirements. All other course offerings vary by semester. The following are the courses planned for coming semesters. These plans are subject to change on short notice depending on budgetary considerations:

Fall 2021
Course # Course Title Days Time
MUS 1800 70 Music Appreciation Online  
MUS 1800 71 Music Appreciation Online  
MUS 1800 72 Music Appreciation Online  
MUS 1800 73 Music Appreciation Online  
MUS 1800 74 Music Appreciation Online  
MUS 1800 75 Music Appreciation Online  
MUS 1969 LGBTQ+Influences in Music MW (Online) 5:30 PM
MUS 2010 Class Strings MW 10:30 AM
MUS 2050 Class Guitar T 5:30 PM
MUS 2060 Class Voice  TR 9:00 AM
MUS 2110 Diction I MW 12:00 PM
MUS 2120 Theory I TR 9:00 AM
MUS 2125 Musicianship I MWF 9:00 AM
MUS 2200 01 Class Piano I MW 7:55 AM
MUS 2200 02 Class Piano I MW 9:00 AM
MUS 2240 Theory III MWF 12:00 PM
MUS 2245 Musicianship III MWF 10:30 AM
MUS 2660 Elect. Music Production MW 7:00 PM
MUS 3010 Choral Conducting and Lit MW 10:30AM
MUS 3050 History of Music II MW 9:00 AM
MUS 3080 Women in Music online  
MUS 3110 Performance Literature TBD  
MUS 3500 Global Music TR 1:00 PM
MUS 3705 01/02 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers MW 5:30 PM
MUS 3705  03/04 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers TR 5:30 PM
MUS 3800 Chamber Orchestra TR 4:00 PM
MUS 3810 Symphonic Band MW 1:00 PM
MUS 3821 Chamber Music: Percussion TR 10:30 AM
MUS 3823 Chamber Music: Brass Ensemble TBA  
MUS 3824 Chamber Music: Saxophone Quartet TBA  
MUS 3825 Guitar Ensemble TBA  
MUS 3827 Chamber Music: Jazz Combo TBA  
MUS 3826 Chamber Music: Clarinet Ensemble TBA  
MUS 3830 Chamber Music: Strings TBA  
MUS 3834 Coyote Mariachi Ensemble TR 7:00 PM
MUS 3860 Chamber Singers TR 10:30 PM
MUS 3870 Opera Theatre I MWF 2:30 PM
MUS 3820 Chamber Winds TBD  
MUS 3910 Jazz Ensemble MWF 4:00 PM
MUS 3832 Chamber Music: Cello Ensemble TBD  
MUS 3833 New Music Ensemble TBD  
MUS 3831 Chamber Music: Collaborative Piano TBD  
MUS 3920 Vocal Jazz TBA  
MUS 4100 Teaching Music in Elementary Schools MW 5:30 PM
MUS 4290 Topics in Music Technology TR 4:00 PM

Spring Schedule 2022

Course # Course Title Days Time
MUS 1800 60 Music Appreciation online  
MUS 1800 61 Music Appreciation online  
MUS 1800 62 Music Appreciation online  
MUS 1800 63 Music Appreciation online  
MUS 1800 64 Music Appreciation online  
MUS 1800 65 Music Appreciation online  
MUS 2114 Intro to Music Education TR 5:30 PM
MUS 2130 Theory II TR 9:00 AM
MUS 2135 Musicianship II MWF 9:00 AM
MUS 2020 Class Woodwinds TR 9:00 AM
MUS 2030 Class Brass MW 7:30 AM
MUS 2040 Class Percussion MW 10:30 AM
MUS 2100 Conducting MW 12:00 PM
MUS 2210 01 Class Piano II MW 7:55 AM
MUS 2210 02 Class Piano II MW 9:00 AM
MUS 2111 Diction I TR 4:00 PM
MUS 2150 Theory IV TR 1:00 PM
MUS 2155 Musicianship IV MW 10:30 AM
MUS 2670 Sound Recording MW 7:00 PM
MUS 3050 Music History II TR 9:00 AM
MUS 3080  Women in Music online  
MUS 3300 Jazz Improv TBD TBD
MUS 3309

Jazz History in America and African-American Culture

TR 1:00 PM
MUS 3600 Choral Methods MWF 10:30 AM
MUS 3705 01/02 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers MW 5:30 PM
MUS 3705 60/61 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers TR 5:30 PM
MUS 3705 62/63 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers TR 5:30 PM
MUS 3800 Symphony Orchestra TR 4:00 PM
MUS 3810 Symphonic Band MW 1:00 PM
MUS 3820 Chamber Winds TBA  
MUS 3821 Chamber Music: Percussion TR 10:30 AM
MUS 3823 Chamber Music: Brass Ensemble TBA  
MUS 3824 Chamber Music: Saxophone Quartet TBA  
MUS 3826 Chamber Music: Clarinet Ensemble TBA  
MUS 3827 Chamber Music: Jazz Combo TBA  
MUS 3830 Chamber Music: Chamber Music Strings TBA  
MUS 3831 Chamber Music: Collaborative Piano TBA  
MUS 3833 New Music Ensemble TBA  
MUS 3860 Chamber Singers TR 10:30 AM
MUS 3910 Jazz Ensemble MWF 4:00 PM
MUS 3920 Vocal Jazz TBA  
MUS 3970 Opera Theatre II MWF 2:30 PM
MUS 4085 Instrumentation and Arranging TR 5:30 PM
MUS 4110 Music in the Secondary Schools  MW 5:30 PM
MUS 4500 Applied Pedagogy TBA