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Department of Music
The College of Arts and Humanities
MICHAEL CALDWELL, Chair
Music Building, Room 134
Michael Caldwell, Chair
M. Teresa Beaman
Matthew H. Darling
Gary P. Gilroy
Thomas N. Hiebert
Miles M. Ishigaki
A major in music is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching,
performance, or music-related fields. It enhances their knowledge of the
musical art and increases their sensitivity to the musical world around
The Department of Music provides the following:
- undergraduate instruction in music for those planning professional careers as performers, composers, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees in performance and composition
- state-approved subject matter preparation required for a California teaching credential in music
- graduate education for students planning professional and academic careers or seeking professional growth as K-12 teachers or junior college instructors
- broad acquaintance with music for the community and nonmusic major
Two degree programs accredited by the National Association of Schools
of Music are offered: the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts.
Faculty and Facilities
The Department of Music faculty has backgrounds in varied areas of specialization.
Many members of the faculty have national and international reputations
as performing artists and teachers. Others are well known for their scholarly
research, articles, and books. They are all dedicated to providing students
with the best music education possible both in their classes and studios.
The music building houses recital and concert facilities, rehearsal halls, classrooms, faculty studios, offices, and student practice rooms. The building also contains recording studios, computer labs, MIDI and electronic music labs, and a tracker-action organ.
While many graduates have made successful careers as professional music
performers or composers, the majority have pursued careers as music teachers
in elementary and secondary schools. Those who complete master's degrees
have either advanced in public school careers or have gone on to further
study and careers as teachers in higher education.
Music majors and minors have also found satisfying careers in the music industry as sales representatives, instrument technicians, recording technicians, artist representatives, and artist managers. Churches employ organists and choir directors, many on a full-time basis. Early childhood teachers and those in recreation related careers also benefit from expertise in music.
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