As a student attending California State University, Stanislaus, you will be a part of a unique educational environment with faculty and students who come from across the country and around the world. Ranked by the Princeton Review in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationally, Stanislaus State will provide you with a broad and enriching spectrum of artistic and intellectual pursuits. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

NASM | National Association of Schools of Music


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The Stanislaus State Department of Music strives to develop and deliver cohesive, comprehensive and effective instruction for our students, intended to provide them with a broad array of tools, skills, perspectives, and understanding crucial to navigating a rapidly evolving musical landscape. The Department of Music also values its role in Central and Northern California, and seeks to actively participate in the cultural and educational life of our region.

Specific goals of this mission include:

  • To prepare and train outstanding collaborative and solo performers; skilled, effective teachers; thoughtful, expressive composers; and sensitive musicians ready for multiple other vocational contexts;
  • To develop critical thinkers in music who value tradition and innovation, cultural diversity, arts advocacy and engagement, and overall excellence in the arts;
  • To engage the local communities of which we are a part through active performance event outreach and collaboration;
  • To serve our region through outreach programs, cultural offerings, sponsorships, partnerships, and more.

Updated: May 08, 2024