Discovering Music

Students Jumping in Excitement

A Welcome from Professor Joseph Frank, Director

San José State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. We have been preparing professional performers, composers, and music educators longer than any other school in California. We have one of the most comprehensive programs in the state, taught by a select group of extremely talented and dedicated faculty. Our innovative curriculum truly prepares students for success in the twenty-first century.

San José State’s applied studio faculty include a number of America’s most gifted artists, ranging from Metropolitan Opera stars to leading musicians in major Bay area symphonies. Our Jazz Studies program hosts many of Northern California’s leading jazz musicians, and our award-winning Composition program is led by several of today’s most respected composers.

The many highly regarded SJSU performing ensembles are directed by some of California’s preeminent conductors. Our ensembles regularly perform at conferences and tour throughout the West.

Whatever your career goals may be, San José State has a program for you. The policies and procedures for the School of Music and Dance are described in the following sections. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at the School of Music and Dance Recruitment Office.


Joseph Frank, Interim Director