The Music Department offers excellent curricular programs and opportunities
for a variety of career objectives. Students take a core of classes intended
to give them a basic understanding of music theory, history, ear training,
keyboard proficiencies, and technologies. The degree options allow students
to choose areas of specialization.
THE OPTION IN MUSIC EDUCATION is a comprehensive program for students planning
careers in music education for grades K-12. The Single Subject Credential
in Music is part of our dynamic music education program.
THE OPTION IN PERFORMANCE is offered in three patterns: instrumental, vocal,
and keyboard. Studio (private) instruction is available in voice, band/orchestra
instruments, piano, harpsichord, organ, and guitar. Students who qualify
for this option are required to perform in appropriate ensembles/productions
and perform a senior recital.
THE OPTION IN COMPOSITION provides students with the theoretical and practical
skills to compose and arrange music. The curriculum is flexible and allows
for students to have one-on-one instruction with faculty.
THE OPTION IN ACCOMPANYING focuses on the challenging and unique disciplines
required of keyboard players who accompany instrumental and vocal ensembles/performers.
THE OPTION IN GENERAL MUSIC is a flexible program designed to serve students
desiring to study music as the focus of a broadly based liberal arts education.
THE OPTION IN MUSIC INDUSTRY prepares students for the many challenging
opportunities in the vast music industry. Courses in business and music
are designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed for arts
entertainment management, non-profit arts administration, and commercial
THE OPTION IN RECORDING ARTS is designed to offer enhanced career opportunities
in the recording, sound reinforcement, performance audio, and entertainment
industries. Students in this option receive intensive, hands-on instruction
and experience utilizing state-of-the-art electronic equipment and labs.
THE CERTIFICATE IN KEYBOARD PEDAGOGY is a specialized course of study intended
for those who will teach private or group piano lessons.
THE CERTIFICATE IN VOCAL PERFORMANCE AND PEDAGOGY is a specialized course
of study for those whose career goals are as a vocal performer or teacher.
THE MASTER OF ARTS IN MUSIC is an excellent masters program which is very
flexible and can be tailored to the specific needs of each student.
Assuming all other university requirements are satisfied, students must
audition/interview prior to acceptance into the program. These auditions/interviews
are conducted the week prior to the beginning of classes each semester.
This requirement applies to all entering freshmen, transfer students, and
masters degree students.
The Music Department is located in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The
PAC has excellent mediated classrooms, practice rooms, large rehearsal
rooms, performance halls, a music library, an excellent recording studio,
electronic music studios, labs, and computer rooms.
For students interested in pursuing a masters degree either at CSU, Chico
or other major universities, the programs and course offerings within the
Music Department offer excellent preparation.
Music education careers are available both in California and throughout
the country. Credentialing programs at CSU, Chico are outstanding.
The number and diversity of opportunities in technology-related fields
expand each yearideal for students interested in the Recording Arts and
Music Industry options.