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College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

Do you want to explore music through history, composition, theory, and performance? The music major at UC Davis provides a specialized, intimate experience. Your professors and lecturers are active researchers and performing musicians, who regularly have works performed, published and recorded around the globe. Students work closely with prominent artists-in-residence who give concerts throughout their year-long tenure. You'll also have the chance to perform with our symphony orchestra, band, chorus, world music ensembles, and a variety of smaller ensembles. 


Major Requirements

The music program provides an excellent grounding in music theory, history, composition and performance. Approximately one-half of your college coursework will be in music, including two to three years of music theory, two years of music history and participation in performing groups. At the upper division level, you will focus on a special interest such as composition, history, theory, ethnomusicology or performance.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Composer
  • Music Professor
  • Performer
  • Director
  • Music Teacher
  • Arts Fundraiser
  • Music Therapist
  • Lawyer

Graduate Study

  • Composition and theory
  • Music education
  • Musicology and ethnomusicology
  • Music performance
  • Music production
  • Music therapy

Alumni Employers

  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Cal Performances
  • Decca Publishing and Universal Music Group
  • State Department
  • American Bach Soloists
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