Areas of Study

The Department of Music at California State University, Stanislaus offers a high quality, comprehensive musical education for the students as well as rich cultural offerings for the wider regional community. The Department creates a learning environment characterized by outstanding instruction in music education, performance, composition, jazz studies, and music technology informed by primary experiences performing, teaching, composing, or any other aspect of music making. In all its activities, the Department strives to prepare its graduates to create and perform musical art in as many contexts and settings as possible.

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree program provides an intensive curriculum designed for students wishing to prepare for graduate study in music and for specific professional purposes. Degree majors include:

Music Education - Choral

Music Education - Instrumental

Performance - Instrumental

Performance - Jazz

Performance - Piano

Performance - Vocal


For more information, see the University Catalog and the Core Curriculum Calendar for the Bachelor of Music degree program. 

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program provides a humanistic approach to the study of music as a significant part of human tradition and culture. As a liberal arts curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts is not intended as vocational preparation, although many career opportunities may be open to students with such a background. Emphasis areas include:

General Music

Music Technology

For more information, see the University Catalog and the Core Curriculum Calendar for the Bachelor of Arts degree program.

Liberal Studies Concentration in Music

Students who wish to pursue a Multiple Subject Credential may elect music as a concentration in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, which is a pre-professional Subject Matter Preparation Program.

Minor in Music

The music minor is designed for the musician who has chosen another major, but wishes to gain some of the educational benefits of the music major. The minor may easily be completed in two years; however, most students remain actively involved with the Department throughout their academic program. The Minor in Music is an excellent supplement to all degree programs. Get more information in the University Catalog.