Important Dates & Information for New and Transfer Students

Welcome to California State University, Chico!

We are very excited to have you become part of our dynamic Department of Music and Theatre and wish you great success. 

Important Music Major Information

There are some very important events/dates that we want to bring to your attention as a music student:

Piano/Keyboard Proficiency Exam* Thursday, August 21 9:00am-1:00pm PAC 208
Theory Placement Exam* Thursday, August 21 1:00-3:00pm TBA
Aural Skills Exam* Thursday, August 21 3:00-4:00pm PAC 112
Studio Instruction Auditions:
  • Woodwinds
Thursday, August 21 11:00am-1:00pm PAC 132
  • Vocal
Thursday, August 21 11:00am-1:00pm PAC 134
  • Brass
Thursday, August 21 9:00-11:00am PAC 132
  • Percussion
Thursday, August 21 4:00-5:00pm PAC 132
Majors w/Options in: Pre-Recording Arts & Music Industry Thursday, August 21 9:00-10:00am PAC 134

REQUIRED New Music Major Meeting

Friday, August 22


PAC 132

SIGN UP SHEETS for exams/auditions/interviews will be posted in the department office (PAC 106) beginning Monday, August 4, 2014.  Please stop by, or call the office (530-898-5152) if you are out of town, to sign up for an exam/audition/ interview time.  Make sure you have made the appropriate meeting appointments.

*Note:  You are required to take the theory, aural skills, and piano proficiency exam unless you plan to take MUSC 101, MUSC 103, and MUSC 105.  These exams are for evaluation and course placement purposes for those with experience.

Ensemble auditions will be held during the week prior to the beginning of the semester and the first week of classes. Check with the appropriate ensemble director and/or the department office for scheduled times.

Advising is critically important to your college career.  Our department has mandatory advising for all music majors. Mandatory advising helps us make your academic career a successful one by guiding you through your Major Plan each semester.

Here’s how it works: each semester we do group advising, by your Option. This advising session takes place three weeks prior to the opening of the next semester’s registration. Any student that doesn’t receive advising will have a hold placed on their record and you will not be able to register for classes. To lift the hold you will need to meet with your advisor.  The Faculty Advisors for the music majors are:

General Music:

Music Industry and Recording Arts:

  • Dr. Hope Munro Smith
  • Dr. Michelle McConkey
  • Prof. Rocky Winslow
  • Dr. Natalya Shkoda
  • Prof. David Dvorin
  • Prof. Daniel Sargent
  • Prof. Alek Palmersmith

All music majors are required an Apple Laptop Bundle purchase. The software that is bundled with the computers will be used right away in music theory and aural musicianship classes. Additional hardware and software will be required for Recording Arts majors and students emphasizing Composition.

To view the details of the computer bundle go to:

The bundle configuration is now available through the Chico State Wildcat Store & Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio

All computer orders must be received by TBA, After TBA, pricing and availability cannot be guaranteed.  A minimum $200 nonrefundable deposit will be required when placing your order.

For more information please contact:

Chico State Wildcat Store:

Phone: (530) 898-4447 Toll-Free: (866) 282-8422

Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio

Richard Whittington

Phone: (800) 222-4700 x1376

Mention Chico State Computer Bundle and Dann Sargent