The Undergraduate Program

UC San Diego Department of Music Music Majors can choose a course track with an emphasis in Composition, Performance, Jazz, Technology and Literature. Non-majors can take courses if they satisfy prerequisites, and audition for ensembles.

Contacting an Advisor


New transfer students use the Online Advising tab on the New Student Website

Music Undergraduate Advisor: Melanie Ronten, MA

New freshmen students can email

Non-UCSD students Email

Current UCSD students  - Virtual Advising Center

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.

Students who are not majors and have a limited musical background should take MUS 1A-B-C, which develops skills musicians use in the analysis and performance of music. Students interested in music appreciation can choose from the following courses, which introduce aspects of the rich heritage of music: MUS 4-20. These courses do not require 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 UC San Diego students. These 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 Music 1 (Fundamentals of Music) is given individually for each course in the sequence. There is a MUS 1A exam, a 1B exam and a 1C exam.

MUS 1A, MUS 1B and 1C exams are administered at the first class meeting each quarter. Each exam must be completed within 40 minutes. This course sequence is intended for non-music majors.

Music 2: All students planning to test out of Music 2 (Basic Musicianship) must take a proficiency exam for each course. Each exam tests students on all three courses of the series. For example, the exam for Music 2 will test students on MUS 2A, 2B and 2C.

Exams will be held during Welcome Week or at the first class meeting. If you cannot make the Welcome Week date, attend the first day of class, whether you are registered or not. Students planning to take an exam at an alternate time during the academic year should email the instructor. This course sequence is required for music majors. However, new transfer students should enroll in MUS 101A, and also take the proficiency exam for the 2 series, to determine if tutoring would be needed in 101A.

FALL 2018 --  MUS 2 Exam -- Welcome Week

MONDAY, September 24, 2018, 9:00a-10:30a, CPMC 264

Music 2K: All students planning to test out of Music 2K (Basic Keyboard) must take a proficiency exam for each course. Each exam tests students on all three courses of that series. For example, the exam for Music 2K will test students on MUS 2AK, 2BK and 2CK.

Exams will be given at the first class meeting. To schedule an exam appointment at a time other than the first class meeting, students should email Professor Takae Ohnishi.

Please refer to the Schedule of Classes on WebReg for the first class meeting dates and times.

*** 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 hours

Monday – Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., CPMC 195


Undergraduate Advisor 


Conrad Prebys Music Center 195

UC San Diego undergraduate students should contact advising through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC). No academic advising is conducted through email for current students. 

General Department Office Hours
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives

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

Resources for Undergraduates

Course Offerings by Quarter

Enrollment & Registration Calendar

UCSD General Catalog

Triton Link

Intranet - Provides Music Department policies and downloadable department forms (i.e. Key Request, Lockers, Practice Rooms, Equipment Checkout)

Online Key Request for Music Majors and students in the following courses: MUS 2ABC, 2AK, 2BK, 2CK, 32, 32V, 95B, 95D, 95E, 95JC, 95K, 95L, 101ABC, 102, 106, 130, 131, 132, 132V, 134, 137, 43 and 143.

Study Abroad in Music

Office for Students with Disabilities

OSD Department Liaison: Lynn Ennis, Undergraduate Advisor, CPMC 195

AFA letters must be on file with the department in order to receive accommodations.

What Can You Do with a Music Degree?