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Bachelor of Music Degree

The University of the Pacific confers the Bachelor of Music degree upon students who satisfactorily complete the core courses in music, courses within the major and the General Education program. All baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 124 units. Major fields are performance (Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds), music composition, music education, music history, music management and music therapy.

 

 

Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in performance (woodwinds, brass, or percussion).

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 30 units and 9 courses, including:

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3


Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from categories I and II not chosen below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002. PACS 003 is required for transfer students.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
Two courses from the following:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics

 
Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)

 
Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Writing
Quantitative analysis

IV. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 010Music Theory and Aural Perception I4
MCOM 011Music Theory and Aural Perception II4
MCOM 012Music Theory III: Chromaticism2
MCOM 013Aural Perception III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 015Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century2
MCOM 016Aural Perception IV1
MCOM 017Form and Process in Music2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
Four units of one or a combination of the following courses:4
Class Piano
Applied Music: Piano
Eight units of the following:8
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
MPER 060Chamber Ensemble *8
Two Semesters of Major Choral Ensemble:2
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 153Instrumental Conducting2
MHIS 140Symphonic Literature3
MHIS 142Chamber Music Literature3
MCOM 113Advanced Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
Counterpoint
Advanced Orchestration
Two courses MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation of advisor.6
MAPP 012 Applied Music **8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music **16
MPER 050Solo Class ****0
Half recital during the Junior year.
Full recital during the Senior year.
*

Students take MPER 060 every semester.

**

Students repeat MAPP 012 in order to have a total of 8 units from this one course.

***

Students repeat MAPP 112 in order to have a total of 16 units from this one course.

****

Students take MPER 050 every semester.


Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Voice

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in performance (voice).

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 30 units and 9 courses, including:

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3

 
Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from categories I and II not chosen below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002. PACS 003 is required for transfer students.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
Two courses from the following:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)


Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Writing
Quantitative analysis

IV. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 010Music Theory and Aural Perception I4
MCOM 011Music Theory and Aural Perception II4
MCOM 012Music Theory III: Chromaticism2
MCOM 013Aural Perception III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 015Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century2
MCOM 016Aural Perception IV1
MCOM 017Form and Process in Music2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
MPER 020Introduction to Lyric Diction2
MPER 021Introduction to Lyric Diction2
MPER 120Lyric Diction2
MPER 121Lyric Diction2
MPER 141Pedagogy of Voice2
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
MPER 152Choral Conducting2
Select a minimum of four to eight units of one or a combination of the following courses:4-8
Class Piano
Applied Music: Piano
Piano studies for Voice Performance majors are continued unless the piano skills examination is passed.
Four units from the following ensemble courses that are determined in consultation with an advisor during the freshman and sophomore years:4
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
Four units from the following ensemble courses that are determined in consultation with an advisor during the junior and senior years: *4
Opera Production
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
Elective MHIS or MCOM elective (100 level)3
Elective MHIS elective (150 or above)3
MHIS 144Vocal Literature3
MPER 069Opera Theatre Workshop **2
MPER 169Advanced Opera Workshop **1
GERM 011AFirst-Year German, First Semester4
GERM 011BFirst-Year German, Second Semester4
FREN 011AFirst-Year French, First Semester4
FREN 011BFirst-Year French, Second Semester4
MAPP 012 Applied Music ***8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music ****12
MPER 050Solo Class +0
Half recital during the Junior year.
Full recital during the Senior year.
Senior examinations are taken in Vocal Terms and Pedagogy.
*

During the junior and senior years voice majors must have one year of Opera Production and one year of a major choral ensemble.

**

Three units of THEA can substitute for MPER 069 and MPER 169.

***

Students repeat MAPP 012 in order to have a total of 8 units from this one course.

****

Students repeat MAPP 112 in order to have a total of 12 units from this one course.

+

Students take MPER 050 every semester.

Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in performance (strings).

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 30 units and 9 courses, including:

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3


Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from categories I and II not chosen below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002. PACS 003 is required for transfer students.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
Two courses from the following:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)

 
Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Writing
Quantitative analysis

IV. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 010Music Theory and Aural Perception I4
MCOM 011Music Theory and Aural Perception II4
MCOM 012Music Theory III: Chromaticism2
MCOM 013Aural Perception III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 015Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century2
MCOM 016Aural Perception IV1
MCOM 017Form and Process in Music2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
Four units of one or a combination of the following courses:4
Class Piano
Applied Music: Piano
MPER 060Chamber Ensemble *2
MPER 070University Symphony Orchestra **1
Two semesters of Major Choral Ensemble2
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 153Instrumental Conducting2
MCOM 108Counterpoint3
MCOM 113Advanced Analysis3
MHIS 140Symphonic Literature3
MHIS 142Chamber Music Literature3
Two MHIS Elective (150 or above)6
MAPP 012 Applied Music ***8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music ****16
MPER 050Solo Class +0
Half recital during the Junior year.
Full recital during the Senior year.
*

Students repeat MPER 060 until 8 units in this one course is complete.

**

Students repeat MPER 070 until 8 units in this one course is complete.

***

Students repeat MAPP 012 in order to have a total of 8 units from this one course.

****

Students repeat MAPP 112 in order to have a total of 16 units from this one course.

+

Students take MPER 050 every semester.

Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Piano

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in performance (piano).

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 30 units and 9 courses, including:

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3


Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from categories I and II not chosen below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002. PACS 003 is required for transfer students.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
Two courses from the following:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)

 
Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Writing
Quantitative analysis

IV. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 010Music Theory and Aural Perception I4
MCOM 011Music Theory and Aural Perception II4
MCOM 012Music Theory III: Chromaticism2
MCOM 013Aural Perception III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 015Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century2
MCOM 016Aural Perception IV1
MCOM 017Form and Process in Music2
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
MPER 060Chamber Ensemble2
MPER 130Accompanying4
MPER 140Pedagogy of Piano2
Select one of the following:2
Choral Conducting
Instrumental Conducting
MHIS 142Chamber Music Literature3
MHIS 143AKeyboard Literature I3
MHIS 143BKeyboard Literature II3
Two Electives (Six additional units in MCOM or MHIS courses (100 level))6
One MHIS Course (150 or above)3
Eight units from the following courses:8
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Opera Production
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MAPP 012NApplied Music: Performance (Piano) *8
MAPP 112NAdvanced Applied Music: Performance (Piano) **16
MPER 050Solo Class ***0
Half recital during the Junior year.
Full recital during the Senior year.
*

Students repeat MAPP 012N in order to have a total of 8 units from this one course.

**

Students repeat MAPP 112N in order to have a total of 16 units from this one course

***

Students take MPER 050 every semester.

Music Performance Courses

MPER 020. Introduction to Lyric Diction. 2 Units.

This course introduces fundamentals in technique of articulation and pronunciation. Students examine drills in acquiring maximum activity, fluency and flexibility of speech organs that involve diction, the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, rules of pronunciation in English, Italian, German and French.

MPER 021. Introduction to Lyric Diction. 2 Units.

This course introduce students to fundamentals in technique of articulation and pronunciation. Students examine drills in acquiring maximum activity, fluency and flexiblity of speech organs that involve diction, the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, rules of pronunciation in English, Italian, German and French. Prerequisite: MPER 020.

MPER 050. Solo Class. 0 Units.

MPER 050 offers weekly performance recitals for all music majors. Graded Pass/Fail.

MPER 060. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

Permission of instructor.

MPER 060A. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060B. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060C. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060D. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060E. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060F. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060G. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060H. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060I. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060J. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060K. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060L. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060M. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060N. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060O. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060P. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060Q. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060R. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060S. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060T. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060U. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 060V. Chamber Ensemble. 2 Units.

MPER 066. Jazz Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Participation in the Jazz Ensemble gives students the opportunity to rehearse and perform both new and established works in the repertory of the genre. Students are also exposed to techniques of jazz improvisation, jazz style characteristics, and elements of jazz formal structure. This course is open by audition only. (GE2C)

MPER 067. Jazz Combo. 1 Unit.

Participation in Jazz Combo gives students the opportunity to rehearse and perform both new and established works in the repertory of the genre. Students are also exposed to techniques of jazz improvisation, jazz style characteristics, and elements of jazz formal structure. This course is open by audition only.

MPER 068. Orchestral Repertoire and Audition Techniques. 1 Unit.

The purpose of this course is to focus on the development of orchestral skills and to prepare students for orchestra auditions. Students perform in weekly sectionals with the instrumental course instructors and attend periodic seminars in audition techniques and other topics that relate to orchestral performance.

MPER 069. Opera Theatre Workshop. 1 Unit.

The purpose of this course is to explore acting techniques (Yakim, Chekhov) that address the demands unique to the performance preparation of the singing actor. By exercising the basic tools of acting - the body and the imagination - training for work on the stage begins.

MPER 070. University Symphony Orchestra. 1 Unit.

Open to all students by audition. Major ensemble. (GE2C)

MPER 072. Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Major ensemble. Open to all students by audition. (GE2C)

MPER 073. Concert Band. 1 Unit.

Major ensemble. Open to all students by audition. (GE2C)

MPER 080. Opera Production. 1 Unit.

Major ensemble. By audition only.

MPER 082. The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus). 1 Unit.

Major ensemble. Students perform an average of two concerts per semester. Open to all students by audition. (GE2C)

MPER 083. University Chorus. 1 Unit.

Major ensemble. Average or two concerts per semester. Open to all students by audition. (GE2C)

MPER 084. Pacific Singers. 1 Unit.

Major ensemble. Students performs an average of three concerts per semester. Audition is required for enrollment. (GE2C)

MPER 093. Special Topics. 0.5-4 Units.

MPER 120. Lyric Diction. 2 Units.

Students examine theory and practice of singing Italian, German, English, and French. The course includes translation and declamation of texts.

MPER 121. Lyric Diction. 2 Units.

Students examine theory and practice of singing Italian, German, English, and French. The course includes translation and declamation of texts. Prerequisite: MPER 120.

MPER 130. Accompanying. 1 or 2 Unit.

MPER 130 offers practical training in vocal and instrumental piano accompaniments. (Two units are given with permission of instructor).

MPER 131. Studio and Recital Accompanying. 1 Unit.

This practicum in accompanying is open to piano performance majors only for major ensemble credit for a maximum of two years.

MPER 140. Pedagogy of Piano. 2 Units.

Students study teaching methods and materials for elementary, intermediate and advanced piano students. Permission of instructor is required.

MPER 141. Pedagogy of Voice. 2 Units.

This course is an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the singing voice, emphasizing respiration, phonation, resonation and articulation. Students also examine various methods of teaching of singing based on current scientific discoveries as well as important classical treatises. Permission of instructor is required.

MPER 151. Principles of Conducting. 2 Units.

The course covers basic techniques of the baton, score reading and interpretation. Prerequisites: MCOM 011, MCOM 012, MCOM 013, MCOM 014.

MPER 152. Choral Conducting. 2 Units.

Students study principles of conducting that are applied to choral rehearsals and repertoire. Prerequisite: MPER 151.

MPER 153. Instrumental Conducting. 2 Units.

Students study principles of conducting that are applied to band and orchestra rehearsal and repertoire. Prerequisite: MPER 151.

MPER 169. Advanced Opera Workshop. 1 Unit.

This course affords singers the opportunity to practice performance techniques learned in Opera Workshop through practical rehearsal application. The first term is dedicated to repertoire and audition technique (Craig), while second term focuses on scene study (Meisner, Felsenstein).

MPER 191. Independent Study. 1-2 Units.

Piano Performance

Comprehensive

1. An ability to listen creatively and actively. To train a critical ear to understand pitch, rhythm and interpretive errors and nuance.
2. To become an independent adult, with practice habits befitting a mature musician.
3. Specifically: 1) To write in fingerings 2) To correct mistakes 3) To be independently responsible for editions and scores

Personal Expression

1. Display an understanding of the elements of expressive musicmaking and an ability to realize them in performance.
2. Be able to express verbally musical concepts with clarity. Listen with perception to oneself and others, and tactfully and cogently give musical criticism to others.

Collaborative Skills

Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with other musicians as an accompanist and chamber player.

Independence

1. Demonstrate independence in the preparation of music for performance.
2. Be able to understand and realize what is written on the page and what is not.

Pedagogy

1. Be able to give appropriate technical and musical suggestions to elementary and intermediate students.
2. Have familiarity with materials for this level of student.

Performance

1. Demonstrate the ability to perform, with poise, works requiring significant technical advancement and musical maturity.
2. Show a wide familiarity with the piano literature and a breadth of styles both in performing experience and in intellectual knowledge.

String Performance

Artistic Skills

1. Ability to realize the composer's instructions on the musical page.
2. Express musical ideas through the variation of dynamics, vibrato, articulations, tone colors, timing, blend, and intonation.

Technical Skills

1. Right hand technique: good sound production, bow strokes, and bow distribution.
2. Left hand technique: vibrato, precise and accurate intonation, clean shifting, facility, playing without tension.
3. Posture and efficient body usage.
4. Ear training to enable good intonation.
5. Temporal skills, including rhythm and tempo.

Problem Solving and Practice Techniques

1. Student will identify problems in their playing.
2. Learn specific practice techniques to fix problems in playing and apply techniques during practice sessions.
3. Ability to analyze music from a broad spectrum of styles, genres, and time periods.

Repertoire

1. Thorough knowledge of standard solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire from the Baroque period to the 21st century.
2. Perform works from a wide spectrum of genres, time periods, styles, and cultures.

Career Development

1. Practical skills necessary to have a career in music, whether the career involves teaching, performing, freelancing, or a combination of these.
2. Learn skills such as audition preparation, concert preparation, promotion, and networking.

Effective Communication

1. Engage an audience, both through speaking and playing.
2. Collaborate with fellow musicians to learn and perform works.
3. Write about the music studied and performed.

Pedagogy

Apply problem solving skills and effective practice techniques to teaching others.

Vocal Performance

1. Technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression at a level appropriate to the individual’s instrument.*
2. Knowledge and skills to work as a collaborative artist and understanding of matters of musical interpretation.
3. Exhibit growth in all of the aforementioned areas in a variety of solo and ensemble contexts.
* The specific objectives and outcomes for the courses of MAPP 012, and MAPP112 vastly differ from those of other instrumental applied areas. Unlike all other instruments, each human voice has pronounced and divergent variables such as physical maturity, physiological structure, and a highly individualized tone, timbre, and range. Therefore, a sound pedagogical approach requires that each student be assessed for a specific set of goals and outcomes that are in the best interests of the individual. This assessment is subject to the professional opinion of the individual’s instructor.

Vocal Artistry

Authenticity of pronunciation, style, and expression of text in English, French, German, and Italian, while integrating and communicating the text’s meaning.

Acting

1. Create and formulate character choices and translate these choices into a comprehensive dramatic performance.
2. Engage in aesthetic judgment and critical thinking in the assessment of both self-performance and peer-performance.

Vocal Pedagogy

1. Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument.
2. Integration of teaching techniques for instruction to a wide range of voice types and ages.

Repertoire

1. An overview and understanding of the classical voice repertoire.
2. Perform a cross-section of repertoire from the body of standard classical vocal literature appropriate to the individual's voice type.

Synthesis

The ability to combine all of the elements of language, textual meaning and context, pertinent theoretical and historical contexts, characterization, and vocal technique into performance practice in a wide variety of repertoire.

General Musicianship

1. Ability to sight-read demonstrating both general musicianship and skill with the voice.
2. Skills include but are not limited to rhythm, pitch, and pertinent analytical skills in repertoire related to the demands in the current classical singer environment.

Industry Awareness

1. Awareness of the current demands of the marketplace in classical singing, integrating technology to enhance and develop performance opportunities and career advancement.
2. Understanding the importance of professional networking with employment advancement.
3. Understanding the rubric of continued and advanced training in the vocal arts.

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion Performance

Artistic Skills

1. Ability to realize the composer’s instructions on the musical page.
2. Express musical ideas through phrasing, the variation of dynamics, articulations, tone colors, timing, blend, intonation, and vibrato.

Technical Skills

1. Proper instrumental technique, including (as appropriate) embouchure, breathing techniques, use/support of air in sound production, use of the tongue.
2. Fingers: knowledge of fingerings, facility, playing without tension.
3. Posture and efficient body usage.
4. Ear training for good intonation.
5. Rhythm training.
6. Knowledge and experience playing the utility instruments associated with each wind, brass or percussion instrument.

Problem solving and practice techniques

1. Student will identify problems in their playing.
2. Learn specific practice techniques to fix problems in playing and apply techniques during practice sessions.
3. Ability to analyze music from a broad spectrum of styles, genres, and time periods.

Repertoire

1. Thorough knowledge of standard solo, chamber, and orchestra repertoire from the Baroque period to the 21st century.
2. Perform works from a wide spectrum of genres, time periods, styles, and cultures.

Professional Development

1. Practical skills necessary to having a career in music, whether the career involves teaching, performing, freelancing, or a combination of these.
2. Learn skills such as audition preparation, concert preparation and promotion, and networking.

Effective Communication

1. Engage an audience through playing, speaking and stage presence.
2. Collaborate with fellow musicians to learn and perform works.
3. Write about the music that students are studying and performing.

Pedagogy

1. Apply problem solving skills and effective practice techniques to teaching others.
2. Knowledge of the breadth of method and etude books.