Modern musicians have access to more kinds of music than ever before in history. CSUSB's music curriculum—with courses in electronic music, performance, world music, historical studies, music education and music theory—reflects that diversity in that it offers programs for students who wish to enter the teaching profession, become a professional musician, work in the music industry, pursue an advanced degree, or simply enrich their education.
Many graduates of the music program find employment as elementary, secondary, and university music educators, as performers in symphony orchestras, opera, musical theater, and jazz settings, and as composers, arrangers, and technicians in the entertainment industry. Others apply their musical background to careers in business, law, medicine, and library science. The Music Department's Liberal Studies courses provide elementary teachers with the experience and knowledge necessary to make music an effective tool in their classrooms. Minors in recording arts, jazz studies, and general music provide students in other majors with the opportunity to enrich their educational experiences.
The CSUSB Department of Music provides students with a rigorous musical education as a foundation for a lifelong understanding and love of music, as well as preparation for a wide variety of careers in music. We accomplish this through an emphasis on undergraduate education, small classes, and close interactions between faculty and students, all with a continual focus on artistic expression. Consistent with the university's mission, the department is also committed to serving the campus and Inland Empire communities through on-going performance and educational initiatives.