Department of Music and Theatre

Option in General Music

The Option in General Music is a program serving students who wish to study music as a broadly based liberal arts education and is designed to appeal to the student who desires a course of study with several areas of focus that include performance and non-performance subjects.

Under the mandatory guidance of an advisor, students have the ability to construct a 4-year plan that is catered to their individual area of focus.

Students are encouraged to pursue and study more than one of the degree focus areas including:

  • jazz studies
  • keyboard
  • vocal or instrumental performance
  • composition
  • ethnomusicology and
  • music history.

Required Computer Bundle

All students coming into the Music Department are required to purchase an Apple Computer Bundle (students emphasizing in Composition will need to purchase the Recording Arts bundle found on the Music Department website). This bundle includes software that will be utilized in theory, aural musicianship, and beginning piano, as well as in other courses. The department has worked with Apple to give students the best price on a MacBook Pro with bundled software and hardware. The computer bundle can be purchased through the Associated Student Bookstore.

Admission to the University

Students interested in the Option in General Music should apply to the University during the initial admission application filing period of October 1 through November 30 for the following Fall semester. Applications submitted after November will not be accepted. If you have not yet applied for admission here are some additional web sites: California State University Chico’s main web page. You can find information about admissions and apply online (this site includes links for freshmen, transfer students, international students, and graduate students). You can also email the University for information at in new window). The telephone number for Admissions is (530) 898-6321.


Dr. Bradley Martin
General Music Advisor /Dept Chair
Office: PAC 106
Phone: 898-5572

Prof. David Dvorin
Music Composition Advisor
Office: PAC 211
Phone: 898-4848

Dr. Natalya Shkoda
Keyboard Performance
Office: PAC 244
Phone: 898-4043

Prof. Rocky Winslow
Instrumental Performance Advisor / Jazz Studies
Office: PAC 249
Phone: 898-6986

Dr. David Scholz
Vocal Performance 
Office: PAC 138
Phone: 898-6127