Music 150 Program

A directed program of study open only to music majors by audition, that includes opportunities for large and small music ensembles, piano accompaniment, and private instruction. Private instruction is at least partially funded by the music department, depending upon the hourly rates charged by each of the private instructors. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the supervising faculty, who will assist students in finding an appropriate private instructor.

Due to limited funding, the Music 150 Program is limited to only music majors.

1-3 units. Repeatable for credit. Only one 150 class allowed per semester.

 

150 Series Courses at a Glance

For course descriptions, visit the Berkeley Academic Guide and search for the appropriate course number.

Music 150A: Instrumental Performance

For experienced performers of orchestral instruments. A directed program of study including participation in the University Symphony or other department-sponsored ensembles, in workshops, and in special projects. Will include instruction and/or coaching, individually or in groups. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty in charge of the course. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance. 

Director: David Milnes
Unit: 3
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (Music 141) OR Wind Ensemble (Music 142)
Satisfies Performance Requirement?: Yes
Note: The unit value of the course includes credit for participation in the conjunctive performance ensemble. Student enrolled in Music 150A must drop Music 141 or 142.

Music 150B: Vocal Performance

For experienced vocalists. A comprehensive program of vocal studies including participation in University Choruses, vocal technique training, and ensemble work with other instrumentalists or vocalists. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty in charge of the course. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance.

Directors: Nikolas Nackley, coordinator; Edmund Campion, supervisor
Unit: 3
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: University Chorus (Music 144) OR Chamber Chorus (Music 145)
Satisfies Performance Requirement?: Yes
Note: The unit value of the course includes credit for participation in the conjunctive performance ensemble. Students enrolled in Music 150B must drop 144 or 145.

Music 150C: Keyboard Performance

The program will focus on the study of solo repertoire. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty in charge of the course. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance.

Director: James Davies
Unit: 3
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: None
Satisfies Performance Requirement?: No; no exception.

Music 150D: Various Musical Practices Performance

Intermediate or advanced instruction in musical practices not encompassed in 150A-150B-150C, within the context of a directed academic program of studies. Students must have experience on the instrument or have studied it in the 130 series. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty in charge of the course. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance.

Director: Jocelyne Guilbault
Unit: Variable; 2-3
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: By consultation with faculty director. Javanese Gamelan (Music 140) OR African Music Ensemble (Music 148) if approved.
Satisfies Performance Ensemble: Yes, only if students are allotted 3 unit
Note: The unit allotment of Music 150D is dependent upon ensemble participation.

  • 2 units: does not fulfill performance requirement.
  • 3 units: includes participation in Music 140 (Javanese Gamelan) or Music 148 (African Music Ensemble); fulfills performance requirement. Students enrolled in Music 150D for 3 units must drop 140 or 148.

Music 150E: Jazz Performance

Intermediate or advanced instruction in the performance of jazz and improvisation. A directed program of study including participation in department-sponsored or UC Jazz ensembles, workshops, and special projects where applicable. Will include instruction and/or coaching, individually or in groups. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty incharge of the course. Units range from 1 to 3, depending on number of lessons and ensemble participation.

Director: Myra Melford
Unit: Variable; 1-3
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: By consultation with faculty director. UC Jazz Ensembles (not an academic course), Jazz Improv Performance Workshop (Music 164), OR Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective (Music 165)
Satisfies Performance Requirement?:

  • 1-2 units: no; however, separate enrollment in Music 164 or 165 will satisfy performance requirement.
  • 3 units: yes

Note: The unit allotment of Music 150E is dependent upon the number of private lessons awarded and ensemble participation.

  • 1 unit: less than 9 hours of lessons and no ensemble.
  • 2 units: 9-12 hours of lessons and no ensemble.
  • 3 units: 9-12 hours of lessons and ensemble work approved by the director (UC Jazz Ensembles).

Students who are placed in the Jazz Improve Performance Workshop (Music 164) or the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective (Music 165) should enroll in the respective course to receive performance credit in addition to Music 150E at the assigned unit value.

Music 150G: Guitar Performance

The program will include ensemble work in addition to the study of solo repertoire. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty in charge of the course. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance.

Director: Matthew Hough
Unit: 2
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: None; the guitar ensemble is embedded in the 150G course.
Satisfies Performance Requirement?: Yes, if there are enough students enrolled in 150G to form an ensemble in a given semester.
Note: Music 150G only fulfills the Performance requirement if there is ensemble work in a given semester. Student should verify with faculty director in the beginning of the semester.

Music 150H: Early Music Performance

The program will include ensemble work in addition to the study of solo repertoire. The student’s program will be worked out in consultation with the faculty in charge of the course. Each student’s studies will lead to some kind of public performance.

Director: Christine Brandes, coordinator; David Milnes, supervisor
Unit:
variable; 2-3
Conjunctive Performance Ensemble: By consultation with faculty director; Baroque Ensemble (Music 149) if approved.
Satisfies Performance Requirement?: Yes, only if students are allotted 3 units
Note: The unit allotment of Music 150H is dependent upon ensemble participation.

  • 2 units: does not fulfills performance requirement.
  • 3 units: includes participation in Music 149 (Baroque Ensemble); fulfills performance requirement. Students enrolled in Music 150H for 3 units must drop 149.

 

Application and Enrollment

All students, both those continuing in 150 and those applying for the first time, must submit an online application by the Friday of the first week of instruction.

Acceptance into the Music 150 Program is competitive and by audition. See audition information for details.

You will be notified of acceptance into the program via an email from the department office. Upon acceptance, students are to enroll themselves as soon as possible through CalCentral.

Individual Program

Supervising faculty will work out individual programs with students at the beginning of the semester. Upon receipt of the confirmation email from the Music office, students should contact their teachers immediately to schedule lessons. Students submit a report of activities under the program at the end of each semester, including their participation in any workshops or performances throughout the semester.

Grading

Final grade will be assigned based on the student’s level of participation in ensembles, progress and improvement as demonstrated by performances, and reports by ensemble directors and teachers with whom the student has studied.

Juries

See the jury page.