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Enhancing your Student's Potential

Trumpet students on stage
Trumpet students

We, the faculty and staff of the SDSU Music Program, take great pride in our ability to develop positive and meaningful relationships with our students—regardless of their academic major. We are in the business of creating opportunities where long-lasting relationships are forged outside of the traditional classroom. Students get to know others from all across the campus while participating in marching band, choirs, jazz ensembles, concert bands, or our symphony orchestra.

Sometimes college freshmen are hesitant to enroll in a course that they might consider “outside” of their chosen major. Even after hours of practice in high school in order to develop their musical skills, they sometimes worry that they won’t have time to continue to be involved in music, or that their involvement will somehow limit their academic successes. Research has shown the exact opposite—that SDSU students who are involved in music are more likely to graduate in four years than those who are not—12 percent more likely, to be exact. The truth is that connected, engaged students who are involved in activities such as music, theater, debate, or student government are known to do better in their major and in their core courses.

Many of our musical opportunities have a nominal impact on the course schedule. In fact, some of our ensembles rehearse just two days per week. The time requirement is often minimal compared to the opportunities, rewards, and benefits of participation. We hope students will choose to make friends and life-long memories through our program. Take advantage of opportunities to see the world. Students have recently traveled with the marching band to Florida, the women’s chorus to Russia, the Concert Choir to New York, Germany, and Austria, and with the Jazz Ensemble to Switzerland.

For those of you who have a son or daughter interested in music as a major, we offer a rigorous, nationally accredited curriculum as well as the opportunities your child will need to connect with their chosen career. Practically all music majors complete an internship or a student-teaching experience prior to graduation. Preparation for teacher certification, developing skills required for success in the music business, and preparation for graduate school are only a few of the things our program does well.

We are one of the busiest, most visible programs on campus. We encourage you to learn more and see why over 7 percent of the SDSU student population chooses to be involved in the music program every year.