As an institution dedicated to promoting music in its community, the School of Music and Dance has proudly allied itself with a number of reputable associations, many of which have made their resources available to students.
Established in 1985, the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is the only institution in North America solely devoted to the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven and hosts the largest collection of Beethoven's works in the western hemisphere. Located in room 580 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.
The Young Musicians' Project strives to provide young music students with affordable private lessons and opportunities to engage in their community. Visit the Project's Facebook page.
The "Pride of the Spartans," the Spartan Marching Band can be seen at halftime at all home football games and the occasional bowl game. Director Scott Pierson leads the band through four to five different field shows each year. In the spring, the Pep Band leads Spartan basketball fans in school spirit.
San José State University is home to a vast collection of keyboard instruments dating as early as 1827. All the instruments are in playing condition and have been featured in concerts and recordings.
Before his death in 2003, Lou Harrison was considered by many to be America's greatest living composer. He was the last living link to a tradition of American experimental music that reach back to Charles Ives and included such influential figures as Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, and John Cage.
The Harry Partch Special Collection at San José State University contains a complete collection of autographed scores of one of America's most original and iconoclastic composer.
Students are highly encouraged to participate in our student music organizations as a way to meet fellow music lovers and further their educational experiences.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization operating for the advancement of college and university bands through service and support. It is a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist in developing a wholesome experience for the band. The nature of membership is based on honor for the band, the school, its sponsoring institutions, and on furthering the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities.
American Choral Directors Association - Student Chapter
National Association for Music Education
American String Teachers Association
The student chapter of ASTA —American String Teachers Association—s the newest student organization in the School. For more information, see the Music Office.
Music Education Workshop Ensemble
An ensemble part of the Music Education degree program, MEWE provides excellent opportunities for music education majors to develop a secondary instrument and become more involved in the education process.