Special Programs/Student Organizations 9.1 - 9.2

9.1.   Honors Program

The Music Honors program is designed for the superior student who has outstanding talent and scholastic ability. It is open to Senior Music Majors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0. Approval by the student’s major advisor and the Director is required prior to registering for honors courses. For further information, please contact the the Associate Director. 

9.2.   Student Organizations

Mu Phi Epsilon

Mu Phi Epsilon is one of several professional music fraternities. SJSU’s student chapter, Phi Mu, celebrated its 50th anniversary in April 1988, and has approximately 30 members in its active forces at SJSU. Direct questions regarding this organization to the Music Office, or check the Mu Phi Epsilon board near Room 157. 

NAfME Student Chapter

SJSU has an active NAfME (National Association for Music Education) Collegiate Chapter.  All music education majors are REQUIRED to join annually, including undergraduate, graduate, and credential students. Other music majors who plan to teach in private studios or universities are encouraged to join. NAfME membership also provides individuals with membership in CMEA (The California Music Educators Association) and the Bay Section CMEA.

The SJSU NAfME Collegiate Chapter hosted the CMEA Bay Section Conference for over 10 years, and now works with CMEA on CASMEC (California All State Music Education Conference) which will be in San Jose beginning 2016. SJSU NAfME also brings speakers of interest each semester to address music education students, supports projects related to music education, and has an active board of student directors.

ACDA Student Chapter

The student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association is an active student organization in the School. Activities include conventions, workshops, reading sessions, student conducting clinics, festivals, guest speakers/performance groups, as well as monthly meetings. Questions should be directed to the Choral Office (924-4332). 

Kappa Kappa Psi

Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands. It operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. The goals are to provide the band not only with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give the membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on the premise that “it is an honor to be selected to serve” this band, its school of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities. The Fraternity is presently located in over 150 colleges and universities. Since 1919, more than 50,000 interested band members have devoted their efforts to strengthening their bands through group and individual service projects.