What will I learn?

The Department of Music provides undergraduate instruction in music for those planning professional careers as performers, composers, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees in performance and composition. It also provides State-approved subject matter preparation required for a California teaching credential in music, and graduate instruction for students planning professional and academic careers or seeking professional growth as K-12 teachers or junior college instructors. Students can also acquire a broad acquaintance with music for the community and non music major.

Our Facilities

The new 65,000 square foot Music Building, combined with an extensive remodeling of the existing facility ensures that students enjoy all the advantages possible in a modern facility. The building houses the 320 seat Concert Hall, the 100 seat Wahlberg Recital Hall, a 220 seat Rehearsal Hall, as well as over 30 practice rooms, classrooms, a large dance studio, faculty office space, a conference room, and 700 student lockers. The building also contains two digital recording studios, computer labs, MIDI and electronic music labs, and a tracker-action organ.

What You Can Do

  • Music Performer or Composer
  • Music Sales Representative
  • Instrument Technician
  • Recording Technician
  • Artist Representative
  • Artist Manager
  • Music Teacher
  • Church Music Director

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Major Ensembles (concert choir, jazz orchestra, marching band symphony orchestra, symphonic band, and wind orchestra)
  • Minor Ensembles (chamber singers, flute ensemble, guitar ensemble, jazz ensemble, men's chorus, contemporary music ensemble, basketball pep band, percussion ensemble, string ensemble, women's chorus, and woodwind ensembles)
  • Specialty Ensembles: Bulldog Beat, Clendenin Brass Quintet, Chamber Music, Keyboard Ensemble, Mariachi, and President's Quintet (Woodwind)
  • Flamenco Guitar Interpretation
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Pop Music: Jazz and Rock

What You Can Learn

  • Professional performing proficiency on an instrument or voice
  • Use of computer technology for composing, sequencing and recording
  • Ability to improvise in a variety of settings
  • Understanding of the way historical aspects of music relate to performance and style interpretation
  • Understanding of music from diverse cultures
  • Understanding of musicianship and theoretical aspects of music, including ear training, sight-singing, analysis and composition.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (120 units)

Tuition fees
US$18,469.00 per year
USD $1,665 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $2,871 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Humanities

2380 E. Keats MS/MB99,

FRESNO,

California,

93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with High school or secondary and higher secondary or equivalent. For admission consideration, a minimum 2.5 Fresno State converted and weighted GPA is required.

For international students

A high school diploma or passing the California High School Proficiency Examination or complete a General Education Development program (GED).

English language Score: TOEFL – 61 iBT, or IELTS – 6.0 or with 5.5 Band score in each section, or ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or Pearson's Test of English – 45. Application Deadlines: Fall - July 1 and Spring - November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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