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Academic Advising

Current Students: Please contact us through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

General/Prospective Students: Please contact us at


Please see Expected Response Times for specific requests below:

Virtual Advising Center (VAC) – 2-3 Business days after submission
EASy Request – 5 Business days after submission
Declaring a Minor – 5 Business days after submission
Undergraduate Student Petition – 2 Business days after submission. We review on Thursdays. It can take up to a business week to receive a decision. 
Double Major – Review starts during Week 4. You will receive a decision 5 Businesses days after submission. 
SAP and Unit Limit Extension – 2-5 Business days after submission.  


Please see the following advising schedule:

** No Virtual Advising or Walk-Ins will be conducted until after Week 2. If you have any inquiries please make sure to utilize your Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

FA23 Walk-In Advising Schedule:
Mondays: 1:30P - 2:30P
Thursdays: 1:30P - 2:30P
** Walk-In Advising is first come first serve. There may be a significant wait time. If you have questions, you can also reach out to us thourgh the Virtual Advising Center or you can find your answer on here on the Music Department Website. ** 

Virtual Advising Appointments: Please schedule your Virtual Advising Appointments via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC):  
FA23 Virtual Advising Appointment Schedule:
Tuesdays: 9:00A - 11:30A
                   1:30P - 2:30P
Thursdays: 9:00A - 11:30A

Please Note: We only allow a 5 minute grace period for tardiness. You will NOT be seen after this grace period and will need to reschedule.  

Virtual Advising Appointments are dedicated to assisting students with the following:

  • Double Major Petitions
  • Quarter by Quarter Plans
  • Degree Audit Checks
  • Degree Planning and Major Concerns 

** To ensure that you make the best out of our time, come prepared with courses that you are interested in and all forms completed. **

Proficiency Exams and Petitions

FALL 2023 - Proficiency Exams:


  • Proficiency exams are required of all students wishing to Test Out of the Music 1 series, Music 2 series and Music 2K series.
  • Students who test out of a course or sequence will NOT earn course credit/units. Testing out merely fulfills prerequisite requirements.
  • MUS 2 Series is REQUIRED for all Music Majors. ...


Music 1: The proficiency exam for Music 1 (Fundamentals of Music) is given individually for each course in the sequence. There is a MUS 1A exam, a 1B exam and a 1C exam.

MUS 1A, MUS 1B and 1C exams are administered with each instructor

Each exam must be completed within 40 minutes. This course sequence is intended for non-music majors.

Music 2: 

Exam Schedule: 

Students not currently enrolled in MUS 2A and seeking to take the exam: 

Wednesday, Sept, 27th: 2:00P in CPMC 264

Students currently enrolled in MUS 2A will be required to take the exam during the first class meeting: 

Thursday, Sept. 28th: 11:00A in CPMC 264


The MUS 2 series proficiency exam exists to assess the level of incoming experience for all students hoping to either take or pass out of the 2 series.

All students interested in the MUS 2 sequence are required to take the exam, regardless of prior experience. If you have advanced prior knowledge, you will either be admitted to a later series of the course (2B, 2C) or be passed directly into MUS 101A. Regardless of prior experience, you are still required to take the exam.

If you are new to music theory with no prior music theory experience, you must still take the exam in order for the instructor to assess incoming levels of experience.

There is no need to “study” in advance of this proficiency exam. It is an ear-training based exam, proctored live, and will cover a range of topics from hearing basic intervals, chord qualities, scales qualities, inversions, modes, basic chord progressions, cadences and 2-note dictations.

Music 2K: All students planning to test out of Music 2K (Basic Keyboard) must take a proficiency exam for each course. Each exam tests students on all three courses of that series.

*If you do not see information regarding your desired course, please reach out to the instructor directly at

**All information is subject to change. Please check our website regularly for up to date information.


Undergraduate Student Petitions

Students who would like to petition a course to be applied to the Music Department must submit the following:

  1. An Undergraduate Student Petition form
  2. Course syllabus

Petitions can be submitted to the Undergrad Music Email: with the Subject of "Student Petition: [Insert Your Name] [Insert PID]". The department will review the petition starting 5 business days after it was received and will determine whether the course meets the department's requirements and will approve or deny the petition on that basis. Please allow a business week for your decision to be processed. 


The Music Department does not allow students to petition ensembles. Music majors who are required to fulfill the 3 quarter ensemble requirement will be required to do so by participating in UC San Diego ensembles.


Double Major Student Petitions

 Students wanting to pursue a double major in Music, Music Humanities or ICAM can submit a petition once they have completed 90 UC units and no later than 135 units. With the approval of both departments and of the College Provost, a student in good standing may declare a double major. Students should arrange an advising appointment with the UG advisor to review the requirements of the major. Students should be prepared to have their Double Major Petition form and a copy of their quarter by quarter plan available for review. The Music Department will allow a maximum of 2 upper-division courses to overlap between both majors.

Please know that our office begins reviewing Double Major Petitions starting Week 4 of every quarter.


Important Dates

New Students 2023-2024

** Information is in the process of being updated

2023-2024 Important Dates

Event  Date
Fall Quarter begins  9/19 

 Instruction begins

 Deadline to Add or re-enroll 10/7
 Deadline to Change Grading Option 10/21
 Deadline to Change Units 10/21
 Deadline to Drop Courses without "W" 10/21
 Deadline to Drop Courses with "W" 11/4
 Veterans Day Holiday
 Last day of classes before finals  12/2
 Finals Week 12/3-12/10 
 Fall Quarter ends  12/10
 Winter Break
 Winter Quarter begins 
 Instruction begins
 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
 Deadline to Add or re-enroll
 Deadline to Drop Courses without "W"
 Deadline to Change Grading Option
 Deadline to Change Units
 Presidents' Day Holiday
 Deadline to Drop Courses with "W"
 Instruction Ends
 Finals Week
 Deadline to file for "Removal of Grade Incomplete" from previous quarter
 Winter Quarter ends
 Deadline to request grade of "Incomplete"
 Spring Break
 Spring Quarter begins
 César Chávez Holiday
 Instruction begins
 Deadline to Add or re-enroll
 Deadline to Drop courses without "W"
 Deadline to Change Grading Option
 Deadline to Change Units
 Deadline to Drop courses with "W"
 Memorial Day observance
 Instruction ends
 Finals Week
 Deadline to file for "Removal of Grade Incomplete" from previous quarter
 Spring Quarter ends
 Commencement programs
 Deadline to request grade of "Incomplete"



Upcoming Holiday Schedule

**Please Note: The Music Dept. will be CLOSED on these dates. 

Holiday Date
Memorial Day 05/29
Juneteenth 06/19
Independence Day 07/04
Labor Day 09/04

Additional Resources and Links

 Application for Graduation

Declaring a Minor

Declaring a Major

Double Major Petition Process

EASy Request

Enrollment & Registration Calendar


Provides Music Department policies and downloadable department forms (i.e. Key Request, Lockers, Practice Rooms, Equipment Checkout)

Major/Minor Tool

Office for Students with Disabilities

OSD Department Liaison: TBD, Undergraduate Advisor, CPMC 195 (AFA letters must be on file with the department in order to receive accommodations).

Online Key Request for Music Majors and students in the following courses: MUS 2ABC, 2AK, 2BK, 2CK, 32, 32V, 95B, 95D, 95E, 95JC, 95K, 95L, 101ABC, 102, 106, 130, 131, 132, 132V, 134, 137, 43 and 143.

Study Abroad

Triton Link

UCSD General Catalog

Undergraduate Student Petition

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)


What Can You Do with a Music Degree?

Zoom Capabilities

Learning Objectives

Newsletter Archive