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 after their freshman year 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.

The undergraduate music advisor is available to assist students with general music advisement. It is highly recommended that transfer students meet with the undergraduate advisor upon entry into the department. All seniors should check in with the undergraduate advisor prior to the start of the senior year. Questions regarding academic status, selecting a major, changing a major, the Degree Progress Report/Planner, unofficial transcripts, graduation and transfer evaluation should be directed to the advisor’s 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 as 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; plus many graduates are involved with the entertainment industry in Southern California and elsewhere.


California State University, Northridge is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
(703) 437–0700

Clubs and Societies


The music department offers scholarships on a yearly basis. Scholarships offered are based on financial need and merit.


Department of Music
Chair: John Roscigno
Cypress Hall (CY) 116
(818) 677-3181