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Professional Associations

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. 

Beethoven Center

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.

Young Musicians' project

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.

Spartan Marching Band & Pep Band

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.

Historical Keyboard Collection

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.

Lou Harrison

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.

Harry Partch

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.  

Student groups

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

Mu Phi Epsilon is one of several professional music fraternities. SJSU’s student chapter, established in 1938, now has approximately 30 members in its active forces at SJSU. Direct questions regarding this organization to the School of Music and Dance Office or check the Mu Phi Epsilon board near Room 157.

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

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, and monthly meetings. Questions should be directed to the Choral Office.

National Association for Music Education

SJSU has an active NAfME (the National Association for Music Education) Collegiate Chapter. All music education majors, including undergraduate, graduate, and credential students, are required to join yearly. Other music majors who plan to teach in private studios or universities are encouraged to join. NAfME membership also grants you membership to CMEA (the California Music Educators Association) and the Bay Section CMEA. The SJSU NAfME helps run the CMEA Bay Section Conference each January, the CASMEC convention each Spring, 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. Students interested in Music Education Assistantships must be members of NAfME. Elections for officer positions are held at the beginning of each school year. For more information, visit 


American String Teachers Association

The student chapter of ASTA —American String Teachers Association— is 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.