The Undergraduate Program

UC San Diego's Department of Music Undergraduate courses offered in the Department of Music satisfy a wide range of interests for non-music majors as well as for students majoring in music.

Contacting an Advisor

2014-15 Incoming and Current UCSD students  - Virtual Advising Center
Graduates or former UCSD Undergrads  - Virtual Advising Center

Non-UCSD students Email
More information -  Advising Hours



The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts - Music (ICAM). Emphasis available within the Music major include Composition, Performance, Literature, Technology, and Jazz Studies. Minors are available in Music and ICAM.

University students wishing to acquire a musical background to support further study should take MUS 1A-B-C, which develops skills musicians use in the analysis and performance of music. Students interested in "music appreciation" should choose from the following courses, which introduce aspects of the rich heritage of music: MUS 4-15. None of the aforementioned courses have prerequisites. For Music Minors with prior musical background who wish to continue in upper-division theory courses, MUS 2A-B-C (in lieu of 1A-B-C) is essential.

Performance Ensembles are open for participation by all UCSD students. The ensembles include choral, orchestral, wind, and jazz ensembles.

Proficiency Exams

Music 1, 2 and 2K Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams are required of all students wishing to test out of the Music 1 series, Music 2 series and Music 2K series.

Music 1: The proficiency exam for the Music 1 series is given individually for each course in the sequence; there is a MUS 1A exam, a 1B exam and a 1C exam. Students make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor to take the 1A exam. For 1B and 1C exams, advance notice is required so the instructor of the 1 series, may administer it.  Each exam must be completed within 40 minutes.

All students wanting to test out of Music 2 (Basic Musicianship) and/or Music 2K (Basic Keyboard) must take a proficiency exam for each course. Each exam tests students on all 3 courses of that series. For example, the exam for Music 2 will test students on MUS 2A, 2B and 2C.

Music 2: Exam appointment times for students entering in Fall quarter will be determined at the first class meeting. Attend the first day of class, whether you are registered or not and Mr. Stephen Lewis will schedule a testing time shortly thereafter. Students wanting to take an exam at an alternate time during the academic year should email: Stephen Lewis.

Music 2K: To schedule an exam appointment time, students should attend the first class meeting or email the course instructor. Exams will be given during Week 1. To schedule an exam appointment at a time other than the first week, students should email Professor Takae Ohnishi.

Please refer to the Schedule of Classes on WebReg for the first class meetings date and time.

*** Please note ***
Students who test out of a course or sequence will not earn course credit/units. Testing out merely fulfills prerequisite requirements.

Academic Advising

Walk-in office hours:

Unavailable at the moment.

Appointments made through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) are given priority and can be scheduled for your convenience.


Undergraduate Advisor:
Conrad Prebys Music Center 195

Current Students, please note:  Advising communication is done exclusively through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  Advising questions, clearance requests, and academic concerns sent to the email above will not be addressed.

General Department Office Hours
8:30am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm


Learning Objectives

UC San Diego - WASC Exhibit, Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators

Resources for Undergraduates

Course Offerings by Quarter

Enrollment & Registration Calendar