Commercial Music

Freshman Roadmap

This roadmap is for new Freshmen music majors (based on CSUSB's 2012-14 Bulletin of Courses).  It presumes that students will need no remedial coursework before pursuing General Education's A.1 "Written Communication" and B.1 "Mathematics" requirements.  "Remedial coursework" describes classes that are required as prerequisites for A.1 and B.1 category courses, but that do not count toward General Education requirements.  Students required to complete remedial coursework should contact CSUSB's Office of Advising and Academic Services for further information.  Music students required to complete remedial courses should consider taking more units than recommended in some quarters, or taking summer courses, in the effort to complete their degrees in four years.


Year 1

Fall Winter Spring
MUS 100 Basic Mus (3) 1 MUS 120 Theory I (3) MUS 122 Theory II (3)
MUS 101 Basic Mus Lab (1)1 MUS 121 Theory I Lab (1) MUS 123 Theory II Lab (1)
MUS 220 Class Piano I (1) 2 MUS 221 Class Piano II (1) MUS 222 Class Piano III (1)
100-level applied (1) 3 100-level applied (1) 100-level applied (1)
Major ensemble (1) 4 Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1)
MUS 998 Concert Attendance (0) MUS 998 Concert Attendance (0) MUS 998 Concert Attendance (0)
General Education (4) 5 General Education (4) 5 General Education (4) 5
General Education (4) 5 General Education (4) 5 General Education (4) 5

 

1 All freshmen should take a Theory Placement Exam. Contact musicadmissions@csusb.edu for details.

2All freshmen with prior piano experience should take a Piano Placement Exam. Contact musicadmissions@csusb.edu for details.  Students pursuing piano as a major applied instrument will have the department's Piano Proficiency requirement waived, and so do not need to enroll in class piano courses.

3 All freshmen must perform an Applied Music Placement Audition. Students not placed at in 100-level applied lessons must enroll in prep-level (80-level) lessons. Contact musicadmissions@csusb.edu for details.

4 All full-time music majors must enroll every quarter in a major ensemble  (MUS 380, 381, 385, or 386) most appropriate to their applied area of study. Students are considered full-time if they enroll in 12 or more units for a quarter.

5 Full-time freshmen music majors should enroll in two general education courses per quarter.  Students should complete all A-category courses, and B.1, before selecting courses from elsewhere in General Education.


Year 2

Fall Winter Spring
MUS 320 Theory III (3) MUS 322 Theory IV (3) MUS 324 Theory V (3)
MUS 321 Theory III Lab (1) MUS 323 Theory IV Lab (1) MUS 325 Theory V Lab (1)
MUS 304 History of Music I (4) MUS 305 History of Music II (4) MUS 306 History of Music III (4)
200-level applied (1) 200-level applied (1) 200-level applied (1)
Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1)
MUS 998 Concert Attend. (0) MUS 998 Concert Attend. (0) MUS 998 Concert Attend. (0)
General Education (4) 6
MUS 350 Mus of World Cult (4)6 General Education (4) 6
     

 

6 Full-time music majors are expected to take at least one 4-unit General Ed class per quarter in their sophomore years. MUS 350 counts as both a music and a general education requirement (General Ed category G.2).


Year 3

Fall Winter Spring
Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1)

MUS 542 Studies in Musical

Organization (4)

MUS 406 Orchestration (2) MUS 414 Commercial Arranging and Scoring (2)
MUS 230 Intro to Jazz Improvisation (2) Music electives (2 to 4) 7 General education (4)
MUS 260 Commercial Songwriting (2) General education (4) General education (4)

MUS 266 Intro to Computer and Electronic Music (4)

General education (4 to 6) General education (4)
General education (4)    

 

7 Electives in Commercial Music.  Recommended possibilities are MUS 330 Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2) and MUS 416 Advanced Computer and Electronic Music (4).


Year 4

Fall Winter Spring
MUS 349 Applied Commercial Music (1)

MUS 349 Applied Commercial

Music (1)

MUS 349 Applied Commercial

Music (1)

Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1)
Commercial Music electives (4) 8 Commercial Music electives (4 to 6) 10 MUS 598 Senior Project (1)
Commercial Music ensemble (1) 9

MUS 475 Internship in Commercial

Music (1) 11

MUS 990 Music Comprehensive Assessment (0)
General Education (4) Commercial Music ensemble (1) 9 Commercial Music ensemble (1) 9
General Education (5) General Education (4) General Education (4)
  General Education (2 to 4) General Education (5)
     

 

8 Recommended elective is MUS 267 Introduction to Studio Recording Techniques (4).

9 Choose from MUS 382H Chamber Music: Jazz Combo, MUS 391 Jazz Ensemble, and MUS 392 Vocal Jazz.

10 Recommended electives are MUS 330 Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2), MUS 416 Advanced Computer and Electronic Music (4), MUS 427 Advanced Studio Recording Techniques (4), and additional units in Commercial Music ensembles.

11 Internship placement must be approved by your advisor at least quarter before you enroll in MUS 475.  Contact the Music Department at musicadmissions@csusb.edu for recommended placement possibilities.

Lower-division Transfers

The CSU system classifies applicants with less than 90 quarters hours (60 semester hours) of college credit as lower-division transfers.  As of Fall 2010, the CSU system generally stopped accepting lower-division transfer students.  The rare lower-division transfer admitted to CSUSB should contact the Music Department at musicadmissions@csusb.edu for appropriate roadmaps.

 

Upper-division Transfer Roadmap

This roadmap is intended for upper-division transfer students, those accepted to CSUSB with 90 or more quarter hours (60 or more semesters hours) of transferable credit. The roadmap is based on CSUSB/s 2012-14 Bulletin of Courses and uses the following assumptions:

1) Upper-division transfers pursuing a music majors will have already earned credit for all CSUSB music theory courses except for MUS 542, place out of MUS 222 Piano III, and place into 200-level applied lessons. For more information regarding placement tests in those subjects, contact musicadmissions@csusb.edu.

2) All transfer music majors, regardless of coursework completed at other institutions, are required to complete at least 6 units in authorized major ensembles (MUS 380, 381, 385, and 386) and earn 3 quarters of credit in MUS 998 Concert Attendance.

 

Year 1

Fall Winter Spring
200-level applied (1) 200-level applied (1) 200-level applied (1)
Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1)
MUS 998 Concert Attend (0) MUS 998 Concert Attend (0) MUS 998 Concert Attend (0)

MUS 542 Studies in Musical

Organization (4)

MUS 350 Music of World

Cultures (4)

MUS 306 History of

Music III (4)

MUS 304 History of Music I (4) MUS 305 History of Music II (4) MUS 414 Commercial Arranging and Scoring (2)
MUS 260 Commercial Songwriting (2) MUS 406 Orchestration (2)

General Education 

"capstones" (8) 12

MUS 266 Intro to Computer and Electronic Music (4)

 
     

 

12All transfer students must complete CSUSB's General Education courses in categories B.5. C.5, D.5, and F.

 

Year 2

Fall Winter Spring
300-level applied (1) 300-level applied (1) 300-level applied (1)
Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1) Major ensemble (1)
MUS 230 Intro to Jazz Improvisation (2) Commercial Music ensemble (1) 13 Commercial Music ensemble (1) 13
Commercial Music ensemble (1) 13 Commercial Music electives (6) 14

Commercial Music electives (4) 16

Commercial Music electives (4) 13 General Education "capstone" (4) 15 MUS 598 Senior Project (1)
General Education "capstone" (4) 15  

MUS 990 Music Comprehensive

Assessment (0)

     

 

13 Choose from MUS 382H Chamber Music: Jazz Combo, MUS 391 Jazz Ensemble, and MUS 392 Vocal Jazz.

14 Recommended elective is MUS 267 Introduction to Studio Recording Techniques (4).

15All transfer students must complete CSUSB's General Education courses in categories B.5. C.5, D.5, and F.

16 Recommended electives are MUS 416 Advanced Computer and Electronic Music (4), MUS 427 Advanced Studio Recording Techniques (4), MUS 330 Advanced JazzImprovisation (2), and additional units in Commercial Music ensembles.

17 Recommended elective is MUS 429 Topics in Music Technology (4).