Music Performance

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 120 units. Major fields are performance (Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds), music composition, music education, music history, music management, music therapy and jazz studies.

Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Students must complete a minimum of 120 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

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Major Area
MAPP 012 Applied Instruction8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music13
Eight units from the following:8
Jazz Ensemble
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
MPER 052Performance Class (Must be taken three times)1
MPER 060Chamber Ensemble *6
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 044Musicianship III1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must take 3 units)1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor3
MMGT 109Beyond Talent: Managing Performance Career2
Music Electives16
Electives
Non-Music Electives5


Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Voice

Students must complete a minimum of 120 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

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Major Area
MAPP 012 Applied Instruction8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music8
Choral Ensemble4
MPER 069AOpera Threatre Workshop - Fundamentals of Acting1
MPER 069BOpera Theatre Workshop - Acting1
MPER 069COpera Theatre Workshop - Advanced Acting1
MPER 080Opera Production1
6 Units of Major Ensemble
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 020Introduction to Lyric Diction - Italian2
MPER 021Introduction to Lyric Diction - German and English2
MPER 022Introduction to Lyric Diction - French2
MPER 141Pedagogy of Voice2
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must take 4 units)1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One 100 level MHIS Course to be determined with consultation with advisor3
MMGT 109Beyond Talent: Managing Performance Career2
Music Electives12
Electives
FREN 011AFirst-Year French, First Semester4
GERM 011AFirst-Year German, First Semester4
FREN 011BFirst-Year French, Second Semester4
or GERM 011B First-Year German, Second Semester
Non-Music Electives1

Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin

Students must complete a minimum of 120 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

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Major Area
MAPP 012 Applied Instruction8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music13
Eight units from the following:8
Jazz Ensemble
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
MPER 052Performance Class (Must be taken three times)1
MPER 060Chamber Ensemble *6
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 044Musicianship III1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must take 3 units)1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor3
MMGT 109Beyond Talent: Managing Performance Career2
Music Electives16
Electives
Non-Music Electives5

Bachelor of Music Major in Performance

Piano

Students must complete a minimum of 120 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

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Major Area
MAPP 012 Applied Instruction8
MAPP 112 Advanced Applied Music8
MPER 052Performance Class (Must be taken three times)1
MPER 060Chamber Ensemble *6
MPER 130Accompanying (Must Take 4 Units of coursework)1 or 2
MPER 140Pedagogy of Piano2
MHIS 143AKeyboard Literature I3
MHIS 143BKeyboard Literature II3
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 044Musicianship III1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
Major Ensemble8
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Opera Production
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor3
MMGT 109Beyond Talent: Managing Performance Career2
Music Electives16
Electives
Non-Music Electives5

Music Performance Courses

MPER 020. Introduction to Lyric Diction - Italian. 2 Units.

This course introduces fundamentals in technique of articulation and pronunciation specific to the Italian song literature. Students examine drills in acquiring maximum activity, fluency and flexibility of speech organs that involve application to correct Italian pronunciation specifically as it relates to the standard classical vocal repertoire. Prerequisite: MPER 019.

MPER 021. Introduction to Lyric Diction - German and English. 2 Units.

This course introduces fundamentals in technique of articulation and pronunciation specific to the German and English song literature. Students examine drills in acquiring maximum activity, fluency and flexibility of speech organs that involve application to correct German and English pronunciation specifically as it relates to the standard classical vocal repertoire. Prerequisite: MPER 019.

MPER 022. Introduction to Lyric Diction - French. 2 Units.

This course explores fundamentals in technique of articulation and pronunciation specific to French song literature. Students will examine drills in acquiring maximum activity, fluency and flexibility of speech organs that involve application to correct French pronunciation specifically as it relates to the standard classical vocal repertoire. Prerequisite: MPER 019.

MPER 052. Performance Class. 1 Unit.

By the end of this course, students will have gained experience performing in front of mixed-instrument audience members in a large concert hall. They will also have engaged actively as listeners, as demonstrated through written reflections. A vital component of being a successful performing musician in the 21st century is the ability to find performance opportunities and to cultivate new audiences.

MPER 054. Dean's Seminar. 1 Unit.

The Dean’s seminar provides a forum for first year students in the Conservatory to explore topics to aid in transition to a college conservatory and university culture. Students will be engaged and directed to apply critical inquiry in a wide variety of subjects that they will likely encounter in a career that is informed by a music-based education.

MPER 060. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

This course will focus on rehearsing and performing ensemble repertoire from various genres and eras. In addition to repertoire, students will also be required to demonstrate the various skills needed to perform with other musicians, and to sharpen their own musicianship. Playing solo is vastly different than playing with a group. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060A. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

This course will focus on rehearsing and performing ensemble repertoire from various genres and eras. In addition to repertoire, students will also be required to demonstrate the various skills needed to perform with other musicians, and to sharpen their own musicianship. Playing solo is vastly different than playing with a group. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060B. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Students will prepare and perform historic and contemporary repertoire for percussion ensemble. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. No previous percussion experience is necessary, however the ability to read music is required. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060C. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member.Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060D. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member.Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060E. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

This course will focus on rehearsing and performing ensemble repertoire from various genres and eras. In addition to repertoire, students will also be required to demonstrate the various skills needed to perform with other musicians, and to sharpen their own musicianship. Playing solo is vastly different than playing with a group. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060F. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060G. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060H. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060I. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060J. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060K. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060L. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060M. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060N. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060O. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060P. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060Q. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060R. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060S. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060T. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060U. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

MPER 060V. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Each semester, chamber music students are assigned to an ensemble according to ability and need. Ensembles receive weekly coaching sessions with an assigned Conservatory faculty member. Additionally, students attend and perform in weekly seminars and semester recitals. These experiences allow students to gain familiarity with the repertoire and prepare them to carry out successful musical performances. They also develop techniques for problem solving in musical interpretation and ensemble playing. Through this process, students learn to interact professionally and develop leadership abilities that allow them to give and take constructive criticism. Permission of instructor.

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 069A. Opera Threatre Workshop - Fundamentals of Acting. 1 Unit.

The purpose of this course is to explore fundamental acting techniques that address the demands unique to the performance preparation of the singing actor. Classroom work will be rooted in the Michael Chekhov technique. By exercising the basic tools of acting (imagination and concentration), training for work on the operatic stage can begin.

MPER 069B. Opera Theatre Workshop - Acting. 1 Unit.

The purpose of this course is to explore elementary acting techniques that address the demands unique to the performance preparation of the singing actor. Classroom work will be grounded in the Michael Chekhov technique. By building on the fundamental tools of acting (imagination and concentration), training for work on the operatic stage can be enhanced. Prerequisite: MPER 069A.

MPER 069C. Opera Theatre Workshop - Advanced Acting. 1 Unit.

The purpose of this course is to explore advanced acting techniques that address the demands unique to the performance preparation of the singing actor. Classroom work will be grounded in the Michael Chekhov technique. By building on the fundamental tools of acting (imaginary body, quality of movement), training for work on the operatic stage can continue. Prerequisite: MPER 069B.

MPER 070. University Symphony Orchestra. 1 Unit.

Orchestra is meant to give you a practical knowledge of the symphonic repertoire, to improve your individual performing skills, to improve your sight reading, to enhance your awareness of musical styles and to foster good listening. Open to all students by audition. Major ensemble. (GE2C)

MPER 072. Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 1 Unit.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a select group of wind and percussion players chosen by audition. The Band performs literature from the classics of band repertoire, contemporary works, and chamber music in a series of concerts to serve its primary mission for individual growth, ensemble development, and the positive esprit de corps that is unique to a high-quality collegiate band. SWE also functions as ambassador for the University and Conservatory through off-campus tours, run-out concerts and appearances at music conventions and conferences. 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.

Opera production provides students with an opportunity to hone and assimilate various aspects of singer training (including, but not limited to, diction, language, acting, vocal technique, good musicianship, and professionalism) into a single synthesized performance. The rehearsal process and the final performance(s) are opportunities to enhance preparation for work in advanced study (i.e. apprenticeship, grad school, summer program) and the professional arena. 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 choral ensemble. Average of three concerts per semester. Open to all students by audition. (GE2C)

MPER 084. Pacific Singers. 1 Unit.

Major choral ensemble. Students perform 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 collaborative work. (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 032 and MCOM 033.

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.