New Students

Getting Started with Oxy Music

2020-2021 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

The 2020 placement exam will be available starting July 27th; students should take this exam if they wish to pass out of MUSC 101 Materials of Music. Visit the Placement Exams page for additional information, including important details about what to expect. This is the first part of your assessment. If you are successful on the exam, Prof. Cabell will conduct a one-on-one diagnostic interview through Zoom in the days following the online component.

If you're considering majoring in Music or simply wanting to take a music production or composition class, you must first take a course in music theory. To do so, you need to take the Music Theory Placement Exam. The Exam is open to all students.

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

     Fall Semester             MUSC 101, MUSC 250/250A

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

Music Department Information Session

Friday, September 11th, 2:30-3:30 PDT on Zoom. Please contact Alex Twomey ( to receive the Zoom invitation.

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.  *For Fall 2020, instrumentalists taking lessons should already have possession of the instrument. 

The 2020 Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions will take place online via video submission.

Click on the following links for more information on the 2020 Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions: Vocal Video Submission and Instrumental Video Submission

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.