Majoring in Music at Occidental
Courses & RequirementsStudents must receive a grade of C or above in each of MUSC 151, MUSC 251, and, if required of the concentration, MUSC 148 in order to graduate with a Music major.
NOTE: Students wanting to study abroad in the fall semester of their junior year must have declared the Music major prior to submitting their study abroad application, which is due in February of their sophomore year. Prior to submitting that application, they must determine with their Music advisor whether they can fulfill the major requirements in their proposed study abroad program. Students pursuing the Performance concentration who wish to study abroad in the spring semester of their junior year must give their Junior Recital at the end of the fall semester of their junior year.
Music Major Concentrations
To help guide you through your degree progress, please look at the following flow charts. Be sure to click on the catalog year that applies to you; that would be the year you declared or intend to declare your major. These are recommended pathways. Always verify your concentration’s pathway by consulting the official catalog copy for your catalog year:
- Music Production: '20-21 | '19-20
- Music Composition: '20-21 | '19-20
- Instrumental Performance: '20-21 | '19-20
- Vocal Performance: '20-21 | '19-20
- Ethnomusicology/Popular Music: '20-21 | '19-20
- Musicology: '20-21 | '19-20
- Music Theory & Analysis: '20-21 | '19-20
Music theory placement: Placement in Music Theory II (MUSC 151) is determined in one of two ways: by satisfactory performance on the Music Theory Placement Exam or by completing Materials of Music (MUSC 101) with a grade of "C" or higher. Students who do not place into Music Theory II (MUSC 151) will begin the course sequence with Materials of Music (MUSC 101).