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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music and Dance

Office: Music Building 178

Telephone: 408-924-4673

Email: music@sjsu.edu (Music); dance@sjsu.edu (Dance)

Website: www.sjsu.edu/musicanddance


Janet M. Averett
Brian Belet
Fred S. Cohen, Director
Pablo E. Furman, Associate Director
Diana M. Hollinger
Aaron J. Lington
Gwendolyn Mok

Associate Professors

Jeffrey Benson
Heather Cooper, Associate Director
Gordon Haramaki
David Vickerman

Assistant Professors

Corie Brown
Erica Buurman
Craig McKenzie
Chafin Seymour


Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU’s School of Music and Dance is a recognized leader in the performing arts. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), 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, choreography (for dancers), 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 dance program features a student performing company, UDT, directed by faculty and distinguished guest choreographers. Our music education program produces some of California’s leading educators, scholars, and administrators, and our certified music teacher graduates are in particularly high demand.

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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