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University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) 
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Department of Music,Theatre, and Dance

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Music 127
Phone: (323) 343-4060
Fax: (323) 343-4063
E-mail: music@calstatela.edu
Website: www.calstatela.edu/academic/ musictheatredance

The Faculty

Professors: Jeffrey W. Benedict, David N. Connors (Acting Chair), Paul De Castro, George DeGraffenreid, José Cruz Gonzalez, James A. Hatfield, Grace Shizuko Herrera, John M. Kennedy, Theresa Larkin, Hae Kyung Lee, Susan Mason, Stephen Rothman.

Associate Professors: James Ford, Sara Graef, Paul Stuart Graham, Meredith Greenburg, Susan W. Kane, Tanya Kane-Parry, Beverly Stein.

Assistant Professors: Ross Levinson, Anne McMills, Seónagh Odhiambo, Steve Wight.

Emeriti: Francis H. Baxter, William Belan, Millie Burnett, Pamela Dunne, Lu Elrod, Robert M. Fowells, Lawrence P. Goodman, Louis A. Hansen, Deborah Holland, Byong-Kon Kim, Ellen King Kravitz, JoAn D. Kunselman, Nancy E. Kupka, Vernon F. Leidig, Thomas Miyake, Milton Stern, Vito G. Susca, Olga Termini, Maurine Timmerman, Patti W. Schliestett Wiggins.


The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers both liberal arts and professional degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and Dance, Master of Music, Master of Arts degree in Music, and Master of Arts degree in Theatre. The department offers jointly with the Department of Television, Film, & Media Studies the graduate program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Television, Film, and Theatre. Undergraduate students pursuing degrees in other fields may also declare music as a minor and theatre arts and dance as a minor. All students at Cal State L.A. may choose from an array of music, theatre, and dance courses to enrich their general education and cultural life experiences while enrolled at the university.

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance provides many opportunities for creative performance activities, both for music, theatre, and dance majors and for students with careers in other disciplines who also wish to pursue personal development in the performing arts.


Undergraduate degree programs in Music provide students with a broad foundation in music theory and history that is grounded in perspectives of culture, place and era. Competence in artistic performance is strongly valued and is contextualized to the area of emphasis that each student pursues.

Undergraduate degree programs also emphasize preparation for successful graduate study for students who wish to pursue higher education beyond the baccalaureate degree.

There are two types of undergraduate degree programs offered at Cal State LA.; The Bachelor of Arts degree program and the Bachelor of Music degree program.

The Bachelor of Arts degree serves the needs of students whose primary interests are music theory, history and literature, or those who wish to pursue a liberal arts education with an emphasis in music the degree also allows students to pursue individual interests in music to prepare them for careers in music or music-related careers.

The Bachelor of Music degree is a rigorous curriculum for students who wish to prepare for a specific professional career in music or for those who wish to reach a professional caliber of music attainment within the bachelor of music degree program, students may pursue specialized study in vocal, instrumental, or keyboard performance; composition; jazz studies; and music education (credential preparation).

Students who wish to enroll as an undergraduate music major are required to perform an audition before a faculty panel upon entrance students may audition in voice, piano or on another instrument that is taught in the department of music.

Bachelor of Arts degree students are expected to demonstrate evidence of previous music study sufficient for success in a university music program. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree must demonstrate significant technical and artistic accomplishment in at least one area of vocal or instrumental performance before being admitted to this professional degree program. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music major may apply either before or after enrolling in the Department of Music at California State University, Los Angeles.

To complete a degree in music, students are required to develop their performance ability and to appear in at least one student solo or ensemble recital or concert each year. All music majors must demonstrate progress in the study of their major performing medium (instrument or voice) before a faculty jury at the end of each quarter.
Individual instrumental and vocal applied music lessons are only available to music majors who have passed the performance audition and the music theory placement examinations. Students enrolled in individual voice or instrumental instruction are required to enroll in one unit of appropriate ensemble for each unit (half-hour) of private instruction received participation in an appropriate large ensemble is required of all students enrolled in applied lessons. Participation in performance organizations is required during the quarters in which students are registered for applied music credit. After large performance ensemble performance requirements are met students will fulfill remaining ensemble requirements by selecting from the following MUS courses:

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The Music Department Handbook contains other policies and regulations, including a concert attendance policy, which pertains to all music majors and minors. It is each student’s responsibility to obtain a copy of the handbook and to become familiar with its contents. Failure to comply with policies and regulations outlined in the handbook may affect continued enrollment in the program and/or eligibility for graduation.

Students who demonstrate competence in performance and theory above the minimum requirement may earn advanced standing. Lower division students may register for and earn credit in upper division performance courses.

Music majors are required to attend four (4) music department concerts or recitals per quarter Students participating in a performance will be credited automatically. Students who enter CSULA as freshmen will be required to complete eight (8) quarters of

  Concert/recital Attendance (0). Transfer students will be required to complete four (4) quarters of MUS 101.

Piano Proficiency Requirement

All students have their piano skills evaluated upon entrance to the degree program through a piano placement examination. Students who are identified as needing instruction in piano skills are required to enroll in class piano instruction based on the results of the placement exam (MUS 143A, B, C and/or 243A,B C). All students are required to demonstrate piano skills by passing a piano proficiency examination, MUS 243D or complete MUS 243C (Class Piano Instruction) with a grade of C or better before being approved for graduation. Music majors who demonstrate adequate piano skills upon entrance to their degree program, may complete the piano proficiency examination and use units from the recommended instruction in class piano (MUS 143A,B,C and 243 A,B,C) as elective units. Bachelor of Arts in Music students may use the elective units for additional coursework in music or another field, with the approval of their music degree adviser. Bachelor of Music students must use the elective units for additional coursework in music, with the approval of their music degree adviser. 

Programs for this Department

Undergraduate Major

Music, B.A. 
Music, BMus 

Theatre Arts and Dance, B.A. 

Undergraduate Minor

Music Minor 

Theatre Arts and Dance Minor 

Graduate Major

Master of Music 
Music, M.A. 

Television, Film and Theatre, M.F.A. 
Theatre Arts, M.A. 


Music Credential Program 

Theatre Arts and Dance Credential Program 



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