Bachelor of Arts degree in music tracks include performance,composition, and history, theory and ethnomusicology. In the first two years of study, all students take the same lower-division course work, which should include one or more years of applied music study and typically includes music history and ensemble performance. In their third and fourth years, students choose upper-division courses along one of the three specialty tracks, concluding their studies with a required senior project. All tracks include music history, applied music study, and ensemble performance. Students may declare as a music major without auditioning. Apply online through undergraduate admissions.
The Empyrean Ensemble, our professional new music ensemble in residence, offers one regularly scheduled concert per year for which our graduate students are able to write works. Our artist-in-residence program supplies many master learning opportunities, as well as the chance to gain insight from professional performing groups and scholars.
UC Davis is also perfectly situated between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the northern California coast, near a growing performing arts scene in Sacramento, and close to the rich tradition of Bay Area music performance groups, including the San Francisco Symphony and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (among many others).
We are hosting a fall orientation for all music majors on Monday, September 25, at 1:00 pm in Room 115, Music Building.
We will review major requirements, the different tracks, auditions, lessons, instruments, lockers, practice rooms, the music library, listening lab, and tickets to concerts. Come meet your advisers, fellow students, and staff members—some important people who can help you navigate your way to a degree in music.