Degrees & Programs

Bachelor of Arts
Options:

  • Music as a Liberal Art
  • Music Education
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Vocal Performance
  • Composition
  • Instrumental Jazz Performance

Master of Arts
Options:

  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Minor in Music

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MUSIC

Chamber Singers

The Department of Music provides 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. It also provides State-approved subject matter preparation required for a California teaching credential in music, and graduate instruction for students planning professional and academic careers or seeking professional growth as K-12 teachers or junior college instructors. Students can also acquire a broad acquaintance with music for the community and nonmusic major.

Our Facilities

The new 65,000 square foot Music Building, combined with an extensive remodeling of the existing facility ensures that students enjoy all the advantages possible in a modern facility. The building houses the 320 seat Concert Hall, the 100 seat Whalberg Recital Hall, a 220 seat Rehearsal Hall, as well as over 30 practice rooms, classrooms, a large dance studio, faculty office space, a conference room, and 700 student lockers. The building also contains two digital recording studios, computer labs, MIDI and electronic music labs, and a tracker-action organ.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$52,085 (in our region)
Source: HR Reported data from salary.com as of December 2012

Music Directors and Composers
$45,090 (mean annual wage)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov

Full-Time Church Music Director
$46,730 (mean annual wage)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov

Associate Professor - Music
$63,513 (in our region)
Source: HR Reported Data from salary.com as of December 2012

What You Can Do

  • Music Performer or Composer
  • Music Sales Representative
  • Instrument Technician
  • Recording Technician
  • Artist Representative
  • Artist Manager
  • Music Teacher
  • Church Music Director

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Major Ensembles (concert choir, jazz orchestra, marching band symphony orchestra, symphonic band, and wind orchestra)
  • Minor Ensembles (chamber singers, flute ensemble, guitar ensemble, jazz ensemble, men's chorus, contemporary music ensemble, basketball pep band, percussion ensemble, string ensemble, women's chorus, and woodwind ensembles)
  • Specialty Ensembles: Bulldog Beat, Clendenin Brass Quintet, Chamber Music, Keyboard Ensemble, Mariachi, and President's Quintet (Woodwind)
  • Flamenco Guitar Interpretation
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Pop Music: Jazz and Rock

What You Can Learn

  • Professional performing proficiency on an instrument or voice
  • Use of computer technology for composing, sequencing and recording
  • Ability to improvise in a variety of settings
  • Understanding of the way historical aspects of music relate to performance and style interpretation
  • Understanding of music from diverse cultures
  • Understanding of musicianship and theoretical aspects of music, including ear training, sight-singing, analysis and composition

About the College

The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

College Contact Information

College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024

(559) 278-3056
FAX: (559) 278-6758
Email

Where We Are Located

We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

Department Contact Information

Department of Music
Office Location: Music Building, Room 134
Phone: 559.278.2654
email

Mailing Address:

Department of Music
California State University, Fresno
2380 E. Keats Avenue M/S MB77
Fresno CA 93740-8024