Undergraduates may apply for either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree programs, or a Minor in Music. Admission to the BM requires an entrance audition. Admission to the BA program or minor does not require an audition prior to enrolling at UCSB. Lessons and ensembles will require auditions at the beginning of Fall quarter. The UCSB Department of Music does not prescreen undergraduate applications.
The curriculum concentrates on chamber music, but includes a broad range of courses in popular music, jazz, world music, and composition. Completion of the major can prepare students for professional careers in performance, teaching, and scholarship.