The Music Program at the University of San Francisco
The PASJ Major: Music Concentration
The Music Concentration of the PASJ major provides students with foundational studies in common
practice theory and harmony, training in historiographic as well as ethnographic methods for studying music, and engagement with different styles/genres/applications of live performance. Music students at USF have access to a variety of performance opportunities that
are open to all levels of music experience. Like our counterparts in the theater and dance programs, USF's music program is structured as a holistic course of study that places equal value upon the artistic development and the cultural consciousness of our students. There is no audition required to become a PASJ major.
A Music Concentration in the PASJ Major requires completion of 48 units in coursework, plus participation in our department's performance ensembles:
- PASJ 160-series: Body & Performance: Alexander Technique (2 units)
- PASJ 170-series: Production & Design (2 units)
- PASJ 180-series: Music and Social History (4 units)
- PASJ 280 Contemporary Performance Practice (4 units)
- PASJ 380 Performing Arts & Community Exchange (SL) (4 units)
- PASJ 480 Senior Project (4 units)
- MUS 300 Theory I* (4 units)
- MUS 301 History of Western Music [pre-req: MUS 300] (4 units)
- MUS 305 Anthropology of Music (Core E/CD) (4 units)
- MUS 392 Seminar in Western Art Music (4 units)
- MUS 2XX Music Elective: Core Area F (4 units)
- MUS 31X Theory/comp topics [pre-req: MUS 300] (4 units)
- Private Lessons (4 units): all majors must take two semesters
worth of directed private study in an instrument or voice.
- MUS 11X instrumental or vocal ensembles: all majors must participate in 4 semesters of performance with one of our USF ensembles.
* Placement test for MUS 300 required. Lower placement test
scores require MUS 100 before MUS 300. Also note: MUS 300 is a pre-req for most 300-level music
The Music Minor
The Music Minor is open to all students. No previous experience in music
required, and our minor is compatible with any major course of study.
To complete a Minor in Music requires 20 units in coursework:
- 4-units of Musicianship/Theory (either MUS 100 or MUS 300 will fulfill this requirement)*
- 4-units of a Western Art Music History survey class (either MUS 101 or MUS 301 will fulfill this requirement)
- 4-units of the multicultural music appreciation class "Music and Social History" introducing students to connections between the performing arts & social justice. Contains performance labs along with reading and written work. (only MUS 180 can fulfill this requirement)**
- 8-units worth of electives, which may be taken as surveys (MUS 200-level), theory/comp classes (MUS 300-level), ensembles (110-series) or private lessons (120-series). Students can mix different types of classes to fulfill the total elective units, but private lessons must be taken in 2-semester blocks.
*Placement test for MUS 300 required. AP scores 4 and 5 will exempt you
from MUS 100. Also note: MUS 300 is a pre-req for most 300-level music
Music Classes at USF
Most, but not all, music classes are offered each semester. Check on Banner through USFConnect to see the current semester's music course offerings, locations and times, and you can find the full description of each class in the USF General Catalog
All of our Core classes and MUS 110/111 level classes (choirs and bands) are open to any student, regardless of major or minor. 300-level classes may be open to a non-major or non-minor with permission of instructor.
MUS 100 Musicianship & Principles of Tonal Theory
[Open to any student — regardless of major or minor.]
MUS 300 Western Theory I [Pre-req of MUS 100 or Placement Test required]
MUS 310 Advanced Musicianship*
MUS 312 Intro to Music Technology*
MUS 313 Songwriting*
MUS 314 Choral Arranging*
MUS 315 Jazz/Blues Theory*
MUS 320 Conducting*
Other rotating MUS 300-level theory/comp courses [pre-req MUS 100 or MUS 300] are offered periodically.
Open to any student — regardless of major or minor.
Placement auditions occur during the first class meeting of each semester. Students can enroll for 0, 1, or 2 units through Banner. For more details about each ensemble as well as contact the relevant conductor, see the Performance Opportunities at USF section below.
MUS 110 Vocal Ensemble
currently offering: USF Classical Choirs (Western Art Music),
ASUSF Voices (Popular/Jazz), USF Gospel Choir, St. Ignatius Liturgical
Ensemble (contemporary Christian worship music)
MUS 111 Instrumental Ensemble
currently offering: USF Jazz Band, Conjunto Folklórico (Latin American folk music), USF Dons Marching Band, Chamber Music (Western Art Music), Electric Sound Collective (electronic improvisation), Rock Band
Directed Music Instruction: Private Lessons - 2 units each
Open only to declared PASJ majors-Music and Music minors. Pre-req for lessons: MUS 100 or MUS 300.
MUS 120 through 124
currently offer lessons in: piano, guitar,
violin/viola, cello, saxophone, and voice (studios in Classical, Pop and Broadway styles).
Note: you have to take lessons in yearly cycles to count as electives towards the minor.
History & Culture Survey Courses - 4 units each
MUS 101 Music Appreciation (CORE F)
MUS 180 Music and Social History (PASJ Majors & Music
MUS 195 [Fall] Opera in San Francisco (First Years only,
MUS 200 Studies in Popular Music (CORE F)
MUS 202 Jazz, Culture and Social Justice (CORE F, CD)
MUS 203 Music and Social Protest (CORE F, CD)
MUS 210 Music of the Americas (CORE F, CD)
MUS 211 Asian Music (CORE F, CD)
MUS 212 Survey of African Music (CORE F, CD)
MUS 213 Music of Brazil (CORE F)
MUS 215 Filipino Music and Theology
MUS 230 Introduction to Opera (CORE F)
MUS 231 Music & Gender (CORE F, CD)
MUS 295 American Broadway Musical (Transfers only, CORE F)
MUS 301 History of Western Art Music [pre-req MUS 300*]
MUS 305 Anthropology of Music (CORE E-Social Sciences, CD)
[no pre-req for this course]
MUS 392 Special Topics in Western Music History [pre-req MUS 101
or 301: topic rotates each year]
*MUS 300 Requires placement test. If you do not place into MUS 300, you must take MUS 100 as a pre-req.
Performance Opportunities at USF
Any performance ensemble can be taken for credit (students may enroll for 0, 1, or 2 units) or without registering at all. Anyone enrolled in an ensemble for credit can is also eligible to take private lessons in voice or instrument (for 2 units of credit). For any other information contact the conductor in charge of the ensemble.
USF Classical Choral Ensembles
Performs traditional art music (classical music) from all periods, including major works and shorter choral gems. In addition to the full University Choir and its repertoire, smaller groups perform advanced vocal music.
Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday at 4:35-6:25 PM in Lone Mountain 151. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 110-01.
For more information, or to audition for one of the Chamber or Women's choirs, contact conductor Rebecca Seeman (email@example.com).
ASUSF Voices Choirs
A collaboration between the Associated Students of USF and the Performing Arts Department, Voices contains a variety of choral ensembles that specialize in popular and jazz vocal styles.
USF voices (SATB) rehearses on Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM in ED040, Women's Voices Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM in ED040, Men's voices Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 PM in ED040, Jazz Voices (SATB) Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 PM in ED040, and The a cappella group SIX rehearses Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM in UC 4th Floor. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 110-03.
For more information, contact conductor Rick Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org), 415-422-2862.
USF Gospel Choir ("The Spiritual Notes")
Performs African American Gospel Music and Spirituals, focusing on contemporary repertoire.
Rehearsals are Mondays from 4:45-6:25 PM, in room ED 040. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 110-02.
For more information contact conductor Rawn Harbor (email@example.com).
St. Ignatius Liturgical Music Ensembles
Provides the vocal and instrumental music ministry for various masses every week at St. Ignatius Church. These ensembles perform both traditional and contemporary Catholic repertoire, and students may participate in one or more of the masses.
The USF Student Mass rehearsals are Sun 7 PM. Students also sometimes sing at other services such as the Reconciliation Services and Graduation Masses. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 110-04.
For more information, contact Paul McWilliams, Associate Director for Liturgy and Music: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conjunto Folklórico-USF Latin American Music Ensemble (ULAM)
Performs famous songs in various folk and popular traditions found throughout Latin America, including samba, calypso, huayño, and son cubano. This group is open to all students regardless of musical experience.
Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 PM, in Lone Mountain 151. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 111-01.
For more information, contact Francesca Rivera: (email@example.com).
USF Jazz Band
Students study the language and repertoire
of jazz and perform in small ensembles.
Meets Tuesdays from 4:35 to 6:25
PM, in room ED 040. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) course number is:
For more information, contact conductor Pascal Bokar Thiam (firstname.lastname@example.org).
USF Dons Marching Band
A joint project with USF Athletics Department, the Dons band is an instrumental marching band that accompanies USF sporting events and rallies.
Rehearses evenings from 6:30-8:15 PM in Underhill 28, plus additional sectional rehearsals as needed. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 111-02.
For more information, contact Joe Lares: (email@example.com).
Performs traditional Western art music
(classical music) from all periods, in a variety of genres (duos, trios, quartets, quintets, art song) students are teamed up with other students of similar skills and ability and learn to play with others without an external conductor.
Individual weekly rehearsal times will be set up between chamber members. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course number is: MUS 111-04.
For more information, contact coordinator Daria D'Andrea (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Electric Sound Collective
Performs improvisatory electronic music. Students learn how to digitally create and manipulate sounds, as well as how to change those sounds in the context of live performance in a variety of locations.
Rehearses Tuesday from 6:30-8:15 in Lone Mountain 151. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the
course number is: MUS 111-05.
For more information, contact conductor Daniel Cullen (email@example.com).
USF Rock Band
Performs famous songs
in various styles of Rock and
students are teamed up with other students of similar skills and ability
and learn to play with others without an external conductor.
Individual weekly rehearsal times will be set up between chamber
members. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6:30-8:15
PM, in Lone Mountain 151. To enroll (for 0, 1, or 2 units) the course
number is: MUS 111-06.
For more information, contact Mike Fiorentino: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Faculty, Music Minor Advisors, and Music Program Coordinators
Alexandra Amati-Camperi, Ph.D. (co-coordinator of the music program, advisor to students with last names A-K, Western art music history, opera, special topics). 415-422-2072, email@example.com
Francesca Rivera (co-coordinator of the music program, advisor to students with last names L-Z, ethnomusicology and performance) 415-422-4368, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daria D'Andrea (violin and viola) email@example.com
Cara Burgoyne, MFA (voice) firstname.lastname@example.org
Poppea Dorsam, DMA (cello) email@example.com
Mike Fiorentino (guitar) firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Garramone (piano) email@example.com
Angela Hayes (voice) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Lares (sax) email@example.com
Judith May, MM (voice) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kit Ruscoe (guitar) email@example.com
Rebecca Seeman, DMA (voice) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigrid Sheie, MM (piano) email@example.com
Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D. (Jazz Band) firstname.lastname@example.org
Daria D'Andrea (Chamber Music) email@example.com
Rawn Harbor (Gospel Choir) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Lares (USF Dons Marching Band) email@example.com
Paul McWilliams (St. Ignatius Liturgical & University Ministry Choirs) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Roberts, MFA (ASUSF Voices choral groups) email@example.com
Francesca Rivera (Conjunto Folklorico ULAM) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Seeman, DMA (University Classical Choral Ensembles) email@example.com
Mike Fiorentino (Rock Band) firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Cullen, Ph.D. (Computer Music) email@example.com
Academic Classes in music history, theory, ethnomusicology
Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D. (lecturer, African and African American music) firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Cullen, Ph.D. (lecturer, composition, electronic music) email@example.com
Giacomo Fiore, Ph.D. (lecturer, music appreciation, American music) firstname.lastname@example.org
Pattie Hsu, Ph.D. (lecturer, musicianship, ethnomusicology) email@example.com
Jono Kornfeld, M.M. (lecturer, music theory) firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith May, M.M., M.A. (lecturer, music appreciation, songwriting) email@example.com
Rick Roberts, MFA (lecturer, musical theater) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Seeman, DMA (lecturer, music appreciation, theory) email@example.com