Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music
in Composition

Graduate Degrees Offered

Master of Music
in Music Education

Master of Music
in Vocal Performance

Master of Music
in Piano Performance

Master of Music
in Instrumental Performance

Master of Music
in Instrumental Conducting

Master of Music
in Choral Conducting

Master of Music
in Composition

Program Highlights

Study a comprehensive curriculum that prepares future performers, music educators and composers to successfully enter the field of music upon graduation.

In-depth training in technique, repertoire, interpretation, style, stagecraft, and studio acumen from world-class resident and artist faculty in academic, applied, and ensemble dynamics.

Develop excellence, consistency, and range in your performance craft by studying in diverse ensembles ranging from chamber, orchestral, and choral art music to opera, jazz, pop, and modern worship!

Prolific performance culture featuring over 300 concerts academic year.

Train in state-of-the-art rehearsal, lab, academic, and performance spaces.

A culture that cultivates artist and technical growth in a safe, support, challenging environment.

Focus on developing personal and professional character that lays the foundation for career success.

BM in Music Education: The only California University to offer a completely integrated California State Music Credential in the context of its undergraduate Music Education degree (saves up to two years of additional study and thousands of dollars).

Industry Projections

Did you know ...

In the last several years, scientific studies have proven the causal connection between the cognitive development of minors and their engagement in music. These connections enhance quantitative reasoning and have been shown to raise test scores across the board.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, music education jobs are projected to grow by 13% from 2018-28.

The state of California has over 13,000 existing Music Education jobs.

The mass retirement of Baby Boomer music educators is expected to create increasing demand for music educators over the next decade. Rising demand coupled with a decreasing supply equates to greater job opportunity for future music educators.

Music education is attractive because it combines steady and competitive income, full medical and retirement benefits, and extended vacations with a life filled with music creation, artistic performance, and impact on the next generation.

Course Highlights

  • MUS050

    Performance Forum

  • MUS09x

    Major Ensemble (Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, UCO, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Rhapsody, Lancer Chorus, etc.)

  • MUS46x

    Private Instruction (private applied lessons in primary instrument)

  • MUS115

    Musicianship Lab I, II, III, IV

  • MUS124

    Music Theory I, II, III, IV

  • MUS282

    Music Technology

  • MUS311

    Form and Analysis

  • MUS345

    Orchestral and Band Literature

  • MUS323

    Music History I, II, III, IV

  • MUS344

    Choral Literature

  • MUS408

    Jazz Pedagogy

  • MUS408

    Jazz Pedagogy

  • MUS412

    Instrumental Conducting

  • MUS413

    Choral Conducting

  • MUS427

    Diction for Singers I, II

  • MUS441

    Instrumental Techniques (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Strings)

  • MUS445

    Marching Band Techniques

  • MUS473

    Advanced Studies in Music Education

  • MUS476

    Instrumental Methods

  • MUS49x

    Chamber Music

  • MUS405

    Introduction to Music Education

  • MUS444

    Vocal Techniques

  • MUS479

    Choral Methods

  • MUS475

    General Music Methods

  • MUS472


  • MUS431

    Senior Recital and Project

Resident Faculty

Ensemble Faculty


Dr. Gene Peterson

Director of Choral Studies
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Dr. Gene Moon

Director of Orchestral Studies

Prof. Dan St. Marseille

Director of Jazz Studies

Dr. Guy Holliday

Director of Bands

Applied Faculty


Julie Makerov


James Toland


John Reinebach


Jennifer Cruz


Barry Perkins


Aristides Rivas


Mary Oppermann


JinHee Kim

Academic Faculty


Dr. Steven Posegate


Dr. Joshua Rodriguez


Dr. Angela Brand


Dr. Andres Jaramillo


Dr. Erin Kirk

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