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Department of Music and Theatre

Students Groups & Clubs

Audio Engineering Society

AES LogoThe Audio Engineering Society, now in its seventh decade, is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists, and other authorities has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society's stature and that of its members in a truly symbiotic relationship.

The AES serves its members, the industry, and the public by stimulating and facilitating advance

es in the constantly changing field of audio. It encourages and disseminates new developments through annual technical meetings and exhibitions of professional equipment, and through the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication in the audio industry.

Special Student Benefits

  • Discounted Membership
  • Discounted Admission
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Recording Competition
  • Design Competition
  • Poster Session
  • Education Fair
  • Mentoring

For more information visit the AES Web site(opens in new window).

National Association for Music Education

NAFME logoNational Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

Chico State's Collegiate chapter is an Associated Students organization.  They offer opportunities for future music educators to attend professional conferences, receive professional journals, and sponsor professional festivals. 

For more information, go to their website(opens in new window) or our Facebook page.

Song Writers Guild

Fulfilling their mission to support local music and its creation, Wild Oak Song Writers Guild has met weekly since 2001. Song writers are offered open-mic performances, competitions, and showcase concerts throughout the year culminating in the annual Spring Song Writers Showcase at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Co.

School of the Arts Productions (SOTA)

Sota LogoSchool of the Arts Productions (SOTA) is a student-run music and entertainment production program, with divisions for event production, live music recording and audiovisual production, artist development/A&R, social media, branding and marketing and contract and business administration. SOTA is well known for its production of speaker presentations, music industry networking events, music competitions and showcases, music compilations and music videos, an annual outdoor music festival; and its participation in national Artists’ Rights advocacy efforts. SOTA’s goals are to: (1) support the City of Chico to become a hub for talent by providing students with the opportunities to identify, develop and support local and regional musicians; (2) provide performance, recording and educational opportunities for artists; (3) provide students with opportunities to produce, create and promote content and special events; and (4) create networking opportunities and build bridges with the music industry through organizations such as Grammy U and NAMM for its students. SOTA works closely with KCSC, the Associated Students, the University and the local media and business community with regard to an array of activities. SOTA also collaborates with the Recording Arts Program with respect to the Songwriter’s Guild and “Chico Unplugged,” a popular singer/songwriter competition, which involves the audio and audiovisual recording of the winners on campus, and culminates in a record release party at the end of each semester. Students who participate in SOTA are enrolled in MUSC 350, a Music Industry class.

SOTA Productions can be found on Facebook(opens in new window).