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Why the School of Music & Dance is a Special Place--

 To find out, come hear our amazing ensembles:  Fourteen performances in the next thirteen days!

Prospective students: CSU Mentor is now open.  Take the first step to becoming a Spartan at the School of Music and Dance!

Listen to Our Music

Graduates of San José State University's School of Music include some of the finest music teachers, composers, and performers in the world.  Our award-winning faculty have received Grammys, Guggenheims, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other honors and awards.  Come make music with us!


The Music Education program at SJSU has produced some of California's leading educators, scholars, and administrators. The future for employment for our graduates in the field of music education remains bright! In fact, the School of Music consistently receives many more requests for certified teachers than it is able to accommodate.


SJSU’s many Instrumental Performing Ensembles welcome both music majors and general students. Instrumental performance opportunities include Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Orchestra, Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, jazz combos, chamber music, Spartan Pep Band, and the famous Spartan Marching Band.

Our Choral Ensembles have consistently earned top honors at some of the most prestigious national and international music festivals. Vocal performance opportunities include Opera Workshop, Choraliers, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and the Gospel Choir.

Musical performance is a high priority at SJSU. The university provides statewide, national, and international travel opportunities for its performing ensembles. The School’s ensembles have consistently been selected to perform at prestigious conferences, including the California Music Educators State Conference, the American Choral Directors Association Conference, and the College Band Directors National Conference.


The award-winning Composition program is led by two of today’s most respected composers: Dr. Pablo Furman and Dr. Brian Belet. The composition program provides one of the most diverse offerings in the state, including electro-acoustic composition, recording technology, and film scoring.

Annual merit-based scholarships totaling over $200,000 per year are awarded to gifted music majors.   Further information for undergraduates may be found here, and for graduates may be found here.

For further information contact the School of Music and Dance.
Phone: (408) 924-4673