Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

School of Music

Office: Music Building 178
Telephone: 408-924-4673
Email: music@sjsu.edu
Website: www.sjsu.edu/music


Jeffrey Benson
Fred S. Cohen, Director
Pablo E. Furman, Associate Director
Diana M. Hollinger
Aaron J. Lington

Associate Professors

Gordon Haramaki
David Vickerman
Erica Buurman

Assistant Professors

Corie Brown
Catalina Barraza-Gerardino
Michael Hernandez
Christopher Luna-Mega
Craig McKenzie


Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU’s School of Music is a recognized leader in the performing arts. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the School produces some of the finest music teachers, composers, performers, and scholars in the world. Our curriculum includes courses in composition, performance, music skills, technology, pedagogy, and improvisation. Student performance organizations include, among others, Concert Choir, Choraliers, Jazz Orchestra, Opera Theater, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and the Spartan Marching Band. Our music education program produces some of California’s leading educators, and administrators, and our certified music teacher graduates are in particularly high demand in the Bay Area and throughout California.

Music Honors Program

The Music Honors Program is designed for the superior student who has outstanding talent and scholastic ability. The program is open to senior music majors with a 3.5 average in the major and an overall university grade point average of 3.0. Approval by the student’s major advisor and the director is required prior to registering for honors courses. The proposed program may follow one of three general plans: a senior recital with an accompanying project paper (a historical-programmatic essay on the recital content); a major written project on some aspect of history, literature, or music education; or a major project in the field of music composition. Following official school approval, the student will register for three units of directed study in MUSC 190A  (1 unit) and MUSC 190B  (2 units) under a designated faculty member. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 in the school and a 3.0 overall university grade point average throughout the senior year, and complete MUSC 190A  and MUSC 190B  to receive departmental honors at the awarding of the baccalaureate degree.



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