Advising & Academic Degree Plans


Music Advising

All undergraduate students will be advised or assigned an advisor by the Undergraduate Advisor for the music program. All new undergraduate students must attend the music advisement meeting held during orientation week. Note that all students must be advised in order to continue registration in subsequent semesters, as well as to secure guidance regarding programs of study.

Music advising forms and plans are available on the Forms page.

Please note: For current Music Undergraduate, Music Graduate, Music Minor, and Music Education Advisors, check in the music office (Music Building, Room 197) or call (408) 924-4673.

Area Coordinators

All music majors fall within one of the following areas of study. For the name and office number of the faculty member currently coordinating each area, please contact the music office (Music Building, Room 197) or call (408) 924-4673.

Composition/Electro-Acoustic             Strings                        History
Choirs Woodwinds Music Systems & Theory
Brass Piano Music Education
Jazz/Improvised Music Voice/Opera Studio Arts

The four year roadmaps for the programs are listed below:

Music Minors

All music minors should:

  • Pick up the minor advisement form in the music office (Music Building, Room 197) or find it under the forms section for the music program online.
  • Make your selections within each required category by consulting the course descriptions in the official SJSU catalog.
  • Students with questions should consult with the Minor Advisor for the Music Department.
  • Each music minor must have the minor form signed in triplicate at least one semester before graduation. 

Applied Studies

All students with a major in music are required to declare a major performing medium (voice, keyboard, orchestral instrument, guitar, composition, and studio arts) upon entering their program of study, and they will receive studio instruction in their major performing medium in accordance with the degree major (usually eight semesters) or minor.

School policy dictates that music majors are required to study their major performance medium (piano, voice, instrumental) with a SJSU faculty member. All undergraduate and graduate students shall receive a minimum of 30 minutes per week and will receive 2 units of credit for applied studies. The area coordinator shall be responsible for assignment of students to instructors.

Applied Lessons

These are arranged with individual instructors who are assigned after placement auditions. All music majors must complete their applied music lessons with SJSU faculty. No student may register for applied lessons only. All applied students are required to be concurrently enrolled in a major performing ensemble and must enroll in at least 6 units each semester.

Lesson Attendance

Students taking applied music lessons are expected to attend each scheduled lesson. If it is necessary to miss a lesson because of illness or other valid reason, the instructor should be notified in advance personally or by a call to the Music Department main office. The teacher may make up lessons if the student gives 24-hour notice with good reason, such as illness or a death in the family. Instructors are not obligated to make up lessons that fall on school holidays.

Lessons missed for any reason other than the above may be made up only if the teacher decides that the reason has validity. The teacher is not obligated to make up lessons because of late registration or because the student is attending a meeting. Missing lessons affects one's progress and performance; therefore, a student's grade may be lowered at the discretion of the teacher when absences are excessive.