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Bachelor of Music – Violin, Viola and Violoncello Performance


The BM in strings is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction, string pedagogy, orchestra repertoire, interpretation of baroque music), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting, chamber music and symphony) and USC’s general education and writing program. Junior and senior recitals are required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (16 units)

MPST 153-453 Individual Instruction Violin, Viola, or Violoncello (lessons) (eight 2-unit courses)

Violin majors are required to take 2-units of MPST 301 viola lessons as two units of the 6-unit elective requirement.

Music Ensembles (16 units)

MUEN 320 USC Symphony (Large Ensemble) (eight 1-unit courses)
MUEN 327 String Chamber Music (eight 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (8 units)

MPST 471ab String Pedagogy (two 2-unit courses)
MPST 472 Orchestra Repertoire-Strings (two 2-unit courses)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (46 units)

MUHL 231-332 Music History and Literature (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUCD 343 Instrumental Conducting I (2 units)
MPKS 250ab Keyboard Instruction I (two 2-unit courses)
MPKS 350ab Keyboard Instruction II (two 2-unit courses)
MPKS 481 Interpretation of Baroque Music (2 units)

General Education (32 units)

GE Cat. I-VI One course from each of six categories (six 4-unit courses)
WRIT 130/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Foreign Language (8 units)

Two courses in the same language (two 4-unit courses)

Electives (6 units)

Music or non-music courses (6 units)

Capstone Projects

Junior Recital
Senior Recital

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.