Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog


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David Kopplin, Chair

Rickey Badua
Nita Baxani
Kevin Green
Ernest Harrison
Janine Riveire
Isaac Schankler
Nadia Shpachenko
Eniko St. Clair
Jessie Vallejo
Evan Ware
Arthur Winer

The department offers a variety of coursework in academic and performance aspects of music that leads to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. Courses are offered for the major and minor as well as for students with majors in other disciplines. The minor is designed for students in other disciplines who desire further experience in and knowledge of music. Contact department office personnel for guidance on the required course work in the minor.

The major in music provides the foundation for succeeding in music industry, teaching, composition, performance and other careers in and outside of music. All students participate in ensemble performance and develop specialized knowledge within their options.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music features two options to choose from: Music Industry Studies or General. Music Industry Studies includes coursework in recording, production, publishing, and other behind-the-scenes aspects of the industry. The General Option is a more typical liberal arts degree in music that can lead to further study in musicology, ethnomusicology, or other aspects of the discipline.

The Bachelor of Music degree features three options: Performance, Composition, or Pedagogy (Pre-credential). Students in the Performance option must choose a sub-area from this list of 5: guitar, keyboard, classical instruments, voice, or commercial music (including instrumentalists and vocalists). The Composition Option is for those who wish to focus on the creation of new musical works. The Pedagogy (Pre-credential) option is intended for those who wish to teach music in schools; it satisfies California’s “Subject Matter Competency” requirement for the Single Subject Credential in Music. The Bachelor of Music degree requires an audition as part of the admissions process.

Students in the CPP Department of Music are required to participate in a primary performing ensemble each semester they are enrolled in studio and performance seminar. In addition to participating in a primary ensemble, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a secondary ensemble to enrich their learning and breadth of repertory for elective credit.

Transfer students: if you have ensemble and studio units from your previous institution, you will only be credited up to 4 units of ensemble and 4 units of studio transfer credits to ensure all students are involved in our performance ensembles and studio program.


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