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Department of Music

Requirements For Satisfactory Progress Toward Degree

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General -- All Music Majors

Satisfactory progress toward the BA in music is measured for ALL majors by:

  • maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 in music classes
  • passing each course in the 24 unit music core with a grade of "C" or better, or Credit
  • participating in appropriate major ensemble each semester
  • being current in recital attendance ( Music 20, Convocation)

Students entering as freshmen should have accomplished the following by the time they have completed 30 units in residence:

  • Receive credit for Music 1A-1B
  • Pass 4A-4B or other appropriate piano courses
  • Pass Music 40-41
  • Pass Jury I

All entering lower division students should have accomplished the following by the end of their 4th semester in enrollment or have completed 60 units:

  • Pass Piano Proficiency
  • Complete the following Foundation courses or their equivalents with a grade of "C" or better:
    • Area B4 (select one from the following courses:)
      DS 71 - Quantitative Reasoning
      MATH 45 - What is Mathematics
      MATH 75 - Mathematical Analysis I

The above foundation requirements must be met in order to avoid being administratively dis-enrolled from the University and prior to taking courses in certain areas in Breadth.

Transfer students may have completed some or all of the above at another approved institution. Any of these requirements that have NOT been met upon entry into Fresno State Department of Music must be met by the time the student has completed 30 units (Sophomore Year).

Students must receive credit for Music 1B and pass Piano Proficiency before taking Jury II. Advanced Standing is granted upon the successful completion of Jury II.

Students will be allowed two attempts, taken in consecutive semesters, to pass Jury II (see "Grading for Juries" above). Failure to pass the second attempt will result in the student being dropped from the Music Education, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Instrumental Performance Jazz Studies and Composition options. These students will be allowed to continue their studies in the Music as a Liberal Art option.

NOTE: Semesters of residence commence withacceptance into the music program.

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Performance and Composition Options

Students in the Performance and Composition Options will measure satisfactory progress by:

  • Maintaining an overall minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the music major
  • Pass each course in the 24 unit music core with a grade of "C" or better, or Credit
  • Successfully completing piano proficiency and Jury II by the end of the fourth semester in residence. Please note: Students must complete piano proficiency and Music 1B before taking Jury II
  • Successfully completing the lower division music theory core (Music 40-43) by the end of the sixth semester of residence (for freshmen) or fourth semester of residence (transfer students)

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Music Education Options

Students in the Music Education Option will measure satisfactory progress according to the following guidelines:

Sophomore Year

  • Apply for admission to the Music Education Program (see Admission Standards above)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (The Credential Program candidate shall have obtained a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate coursework or a grade point average of at least a 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted

Junior Year - Continuation in program, students mustcomplete all sophomore competencies

  • Pass Jury II
  • Pass Conducting Proficiency
  • Pass Upper-Division Writing Exam
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (See Sophomore year above for Credential Program GPA requirements)

Senior Year - Advancement to Credential Program

  • Interview with Music Education faculty
  • Take undergraduate Music History & Music Theory Assessment Exam
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (See Sophomore year above for Credential Program GPA requirements)
  • Pass CBEST
  • Apply for admission to Credential Program
  • Apply and pay for graduation - this is NOT automatic!

Roadmapsfor all options within the Music Major can be found in Appendix A

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