New Students

Getting Started with Oxy Music

2021-2022 Catalog

Course Counts

If you’re new to Music at Oxy and interested in getting involved, there are several events to help you get started.

Music Theory Placement Exam

Whether you’re interested in majoring in Music or simply taking a songwriting or production course, you will need to begin by taking music theory courses. If you’ve already studied music theory, then you need to take the online Music Theory Placement Exam, if you haven’t done so already. If you haven’t studied music theory previously, then you should enroll in MUSC 101 Music Theory I, which is only offered in the fall semester.  

PLEASE NOTE, the four-course music theory sequence is offered every academic year as follows:

     Fall Semester             MUSC 101, MUSC 251/251A

Spring Semester            MUSC 151/151A, MUSC 351/351A

Music Department Information Session

Tuesday, August 24th at 4:30pm

Link | https://occidental.zoom.us/j/85435910338 | Passcode: OxyMusic

Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions

If you want to take private lessons for voice or an instrument, or if you want to play in an ensemble, you need to fill out the Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions forms. These informal auditions will help us place you with an instructor suited to your needs. You will also be considered for ensemble scholarships.  

The 2021-2022 Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions will take place in-person at Bird Studio in Booth Hall on Sunday, August 29.

Audition Sign-up Form

Ensemble Auditions

If you want to perform in an ensemble, you should sign up for an audition. All audition schedules and sign-up sheets, as well as descriptions of each of our ensembles, can be found on the Ensembles page. If you're new to playing music, don't worry; College Chorus, Son Jarocho Ensemble, and Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble don't require auditions and welcome beginners.

Music Department Mixer

Come to this reception to meet Music faculty and current Music students and to find out more about music opportunities in and out of the classroom.

Music Major Information Session

If you are even remotely considering majoring in Music, you should attend this session. All current Music majors will be in attendance.