Frequently Asked Questions
About Chico State and the Community
The city of Chico (located in the Northern Sacramento Valley of California approximately ninety miles north of Sacramento, in Butte County, east of Interstate 5) provides a student of the arts with the perfect atmosphere for creative development and the honing of one’s skills. Chico revolves around the University, which in turn, provides our city with a unique, truly college-town environment, filled with artistic energy, character, and opportunities.
About the Department
I will be in Chico soon, what do I need to do to schedule a visit?
It is strongly recommend that you make your campus tour reservation through the Office of Admissions. You are welcomed to schedule a tour of the Music Department on the same day, before or after your campus tour. Please contact the Music Department at (530) 898-5152 two weeks in advance to make arrangements.
When I come to visit, may I observe classes and ensembles?
Please feel free to contact the Music Department in order to make arrangements. Please note that due to performance schedules not all performance ensembles may be available for observation.
What qualifications do I need to become a music major?
If you are serious about becoming a music major and are passionate about the option you have chosen to study, then you have fulfilled the main qualification. Of course, if you are planning on becoming a performance major, it is very helpful to already be playing your instrument. Having an understanding of music theory, aural musicianship, and music in general is always very helpful.
What do you offer in terms of private instruction?
We offer studio instruction, which is one-on-one private instruction, to all registered music majors. Studio instruction is by faculty permission only. We offer instruction in voice, flute, clarinet, guitar, trumpet, trombone, low brass, percussion, oboe, and strings.
Can I work on a double major?
Students are welcomed to double major. We have several music majors who double major in academics across the board. You may also double major within the department. For example: recording arts and music industry, or music performance and music education. The options are nearly limitless and open to discussion.
What student clubs and organizations are available at Chico State?
Within the Music Department, there we have Audio Engineering Society (AES), Band Staff, Chico Guitar Society (CGS), Chico Songwriters Guild (CSG), Choral Staff, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Wild Oak Records (WOR).
What if I do not have my own instrument? Is there one available to use through the department?
The Music Library houses several instruments for student use. Music students are allowed to check out an instrument for an allotted amount of time with instructor and librarian permission. Please check with the Music Library for list of instruments available for check out.
How large are the classes?
Classes can range from five students to 200. Our specialty and graduate classes are generally smaller in number compared to lecture and survey classes.
What opportunities are there for non-music majors?
Non-music majors are welcomed and encouraged to enroll in any of our offered performance ensembles, lecture, or survey classes. Enrollment in specialty classes is generally acquired through instructor permission. Students may also minor in music. Please check with your advisor for more information.
How many performances a year does the Music Department put on?
Generally, the department hosts 20 plus performances and recitals a year.
Will I get a chance to perform?
Yes. All students regardless of major who are enrolled in an ensemble class will have the opportunity to perform within the concert setting.