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Mission Statement

The mission of the Music department is to partner with students to help them reach their highest creative and intellectual potential, encourage them to develop relationships based on respect for all people, and prepare them for innovative, professional careers and community service in an increasingly complex world.

Academic Advisement

All Music majors are required to meet with their designated faculty advisor each semester for mandatory academic advisement. Students who fail to meet with their advisor will not be allowed to enroll through system registration, which could result in missing their priority registration time.

Undergraduate Music Advisor Nicole Hovland is available to assist students with general music advisement. Questions regarding academic status, selecting a major, changing a major, Degree Progress Report/Planner, unofficial transcripts, graduation and transfer evaluation should be directed to her attention.

Questions regarding graduate studies should be directed to the graduate advisor at (818) 677-3181.


Music department graduates are gainfully employed in diverse positions throughout the world, including teachers in public and private schools and colleges; practicing music therapists; conductors of orchestras and bands; published composers and arrangers; award-winning recording artists; performers in renowned opera companies, major symphony orchestras, recording studios and professional chamber ensembles; and many involvements with the entertainment industry in Southern California and elsewhere.


The CSUN Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Clubs and Societies


Department of Music
Chair: Steve Thachuk
Cypress Hall (CY) 116
(818) 677-3181