Major: History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Track

Overview Phil Daley

History, Theory,
and Ethnomusicology Track

The track in history, theory, and ethnomusicology involves extensive work in analyzing the interplay between composers, musicians, patrons, and cultural influences or historical events as they relate to the development of a particular musical style, genre, or idea. 

Track Description

At the end of the track, students should be able to synthesize a piece of research into a sound thesis. Students who choose a track in history often continue their studies at a graduate level in the field of musicology. Those who wish to pursue particularly intensive studies in history should elect to take the honors track in place of the regular track. Students wishing to focus on ethnomusicology within the history, theory, and ethnomusicology track should consult their adviser as well as a member of the ethnomusicology faculty.

Coursework: History, Theory and Ethnomusicology Track

Preparatory Subject Matter (Lower Division) 43

Music 6A, 6B, 6C (9)

  plus Music 2A, 2B, 2C (0-6)*

  and Music 16A, 16B, 16C (0-6)*

Music 7A, 7B, 7C (9)

  plus Music 17A, 17B, 17C (0-6)*

Music 24A, 24B, 24C (0-6)

*May be excused by diagnostic examination at the beginning of each quarter.

Depth Subject Matter (Upper Division) 43

MUS 121. Topics in Music History and Criticism (4) and/or,
MUS 122. Topics and Analysis and Theory (4) 2x
MUS 123. Music as Culture (3)
MUS 124A-B. History of Western Music (3-3)
MUS 131. Applied Study of Music (6) (one year)
MUS 195. Senior Project (2)

At least 6 units selected from:

MUS 140. University Jazz Band (2)
MUS 141. University Symphony (2)
MUS 142. University Chamber Singers (2)
MUS 143. University Concert Band (2)
MUS 144. University Chorus (2)
MUS 145. Early Music Ensemble (2)
MUS 146. Chamber Music Ensemble (1)
MUS 148. Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (2)
MUS 149. Gamelan Ensemble (2)
MUS 150. Samba School (2)
MUS 152. Afro-Cuban Ensemble (2)
MUS 153. Brazilian Capoeira Ensemble (2)

At least 12 units selected from:

MUS 101A-B. Advanced Theory (4-4)
MUS 102. Tonal Counterpoint (4)
MUS 105. History and Analysis of Jazz (4)
MUS 106. History of Rock Music (4)
MUS 107A-B. Computer/Electronic Music (4–4)
MUS 108A-B. Orchestration (2-2)
MUS 110A-G. The Music of a Major Composer(4-4)
MUS 113. Beginning Conducting (2)
MUS 114. Intermediate Conducting (2)
MUS 115. History of Film Music (4)
MUS 116. Introduction to the Music of The Beatles (4)
MUS 117. The Broadway Musical (4)
MUS 121. Topics in Music History (4)
MUS 122. Topics in Music Analysis (4)
MUS 126. American Music (4)
MUS 127: Music from Latin America (4)
MUS 129A-D. Music of the Americas, of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, the East and Southeast Asia and of Europe (4-4)
MUS 192. Internship (1-4)
MUS 198. Directed Group Study (1-5)
MUS 199. Special Study (1-5)

Coursework: Honors History,
Theory and Ethnomusicology Track

Preparatory Subject Matter (Lower Division) 27–45 units
as listed for History Coursework
Depth Subject Matter (47–49 units)

MUS 124A-B. History of Western Music (3-3)
MUS 121. Topics in Music History and Criticism (4) or,
MUS 122. Topics and Analysis and Theory (4) (2X)
MUS 123.  Music as Culture (3)
MUS 131. Applied Study of Music (6) (one year)

At least 6 units, resulting in an honors thesis:

MUS 194HA. Special Study for Honors Students (6)*
MUS 194HB. Special Study for Honors Students (6)*

At least 12 units selected from:

MUS 101A-B. Advanced Theory (4-4)
MUS 102. Tonal Counterpoint (4)
MUS 105. History and Analysis of Jazz (4)
MUS 106. History of Rock Music (4)
MUS 107A-B. Computer/Electronic Music (4-4)
MUS 108A-B. Orchestration (2-2)
MUS 110A-G. The Music of a Major Composer(4-4)
MUS 113. Beginning Conducting (2)
MUS 114. Intermediate Conducting (2)
MUS 115. History of Film Music (4)
MUS 116. Introduction to the Music of The Beatles (4)
MUS 117. The Broadway Musical (4)
MUS 121. Topics in Music History (4)
MUS 122. Topics in Music Analysis (4)
MUS 126. American Music (4)
MUS 129A-D. Music of the Americas, of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, the East and Southeast Asia and of Europe  (4-4)
MUS 192. Internship (1-4)
MUS 198. Directed Group Study (1-5)
MUS 199. Special Study (1-5)

At least 6 units selected from:

MUS 140. University Jazz Band (2)
MUS 141. University Symphony (2)
MUS 142. University Chamber Singers (2)
MUS 143. University Concert Band (2)
MUS 144. University Chorus (2)
MUS 145. Early Music Ensemble (2)
MUS 146. Chamber Music Ensemble (1)
MUS 148. Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (2)
MUS 149. Gamelan Ensemble (2)
MUS 150. Samba School (2)
MUS 152. Afro-Cuban Ensemble (2)
MUS 153. Brazilian Capoeira Ensemble (2)

*Units to be determined in consultation with instructor and approved by department chair.

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