Students must meet with their faculty music advisor preceding registration each semester to evaluate their progress toward graduation and to determine their academic schedule for the following semester. Music advisors are:
- Music Minor - Dr. Fred Cohen
- Bachelor of Music, Music - Dr. Craig McKenzie
- Bacholor of Music, Composition - Dr. David Vickerman
- Bacholor of Music, Jazz Studies - Dr. David Vickerman
- Bacholor of Music, Performance - Dr. David Vickerman
- Bacholor of Music, Music Education -Prof. Tiffany Barry
Starting Wednesday, August 11, Prof. Barry is offering advising sessions via Zoom in 15-min increments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. (Monday during August/September only.) Email Prof. Barry for an appointment.
- Master of Music - Dr. Gordon Haramaki
It is the student's responsibility to arrange an appointment with his or her music faculty advisor. Failure to do so before the registration period begins will result in delayed registration. Additional support is available at the College's Student Success Center. Note that the Degree Progress option on your MySJSU is not equivalent to meeting with your advisor.
In addition, all undergraduate music students must attend the School of Music & Dance advisement meeting held during the first week of each semester.
Music advising forms and plans are available on the Forms page, or check in the Music Administrative Office (Music Building, Room 179) or call (408) 924-4673.
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 click on the corresponding area in the table below, or contact the Music Administrative Office (Music Building, Room 179) or call (408) 924-4673. You can also see a list on the Faculty & Staff by Area page.
All music majors must be enrolled in Music 25A, 25B and 25C until they have passed their piano proficiency exam. Instructors will determine student placement in 25A, 25B or 25C. For those students with a piano background who feel that they are capable of passing the piano proficiency exam prior to enrolling in the class, the exam will be administered once each semester. If a student passes the piano proficiency exam, he or she does not need to enroll in 25A, 25B or 25C.
All lower-division majors are encouraged to pass the piano requirement before reaching upper-division status. Freshmen, in particular, should enroll immediately in 25A, as the skills acquired will help in Music Theory. Upper-division transfer music majors must enroll in class piano, contingent upon their level, until their proficiency requirement has been passed.
All students receiving applied lessons MUST pass the piano proficiency exam at the end of 3 semesters (25A, 25B, 25C) and before the second semester of their junior year (semester 6). You may elect to challenge 25C by taking the exam at the end of 25B. If you pass, you will receive credit for 25C, but not a grade. If you fail the exam, you will stay enrolled in 25C for the duration and receive a grade. If you fail the piano proficiency exam at the end of 25C, you will fail the course and will not be able to continue with applied lessons.
The School of Music & Dance offers tutoring for music theory (MUSC 1A-4A) and ear-training (MUSC 1B-4B), as well as Form and Analysis (MUSC 103) and Counterpoint (MUSC 104).
Students must present recitals as part of their music major—some degrees require both junior and senior recitals, some only the senior recital. Please follow the steps outlined on the Music Student Recital Packet [pdf] and the Recital Program Submission page order to properly schedule your concert and reserve performance space. Come to Music Administrative Office if you have any questions.
All music minors should:
• Pick up the minor advisement form in the music office (Music Building, Room 179) or find it under the forms page.
• Make your selections within each required category by consulting the course descriptions in the official SJSU catalog.
• Students with questions should consult with the Music Administrative Office (Music Building, Room 179) or emailing Director Dr. Fred Cohen.