2018-2019 Catalog


Music Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Roadmaps

General Music Option

Music Education Option (Single Field Major)

Performance Option


Introductory and Specific Music Subject Matter Authorization


Scott Morris, Chair, Department of Music
Teodross Avery, Jonathon Grasse, Stephen Moore, Hal Weary

Division Office: LCH E-303, (310) 243-3543

Emeriti Faculty

David Bradfield, Marshall Bialosky, Hansonia Caldwell, David Champion, Sally Etcheto, Francis Steiner


Program Description


Students majoring in Digital Media Arts with an option in audio recording, or electronic music synthesis may choose the minor in music.

A Master of Arts in Arts and Humanities is offered by the College or Arts and Humanities. It is possible to have an emphasis in music while broadening your knowledge in the other humanities.

The objectives of the music program are:

  1. to offer music courses for both the General Education program and the department that develop cultural knowledge and professional skills.
  2. to provide each music student with a broad knowledge of music history and theory.
  3. to improve the musicianship skills of each music student.
  4. to give students opportunities for hands-on experience with current music and media-related technologies.
  5. to provide music students with career-oriented skills for use in the music industry.
  6. to provide courses appropriate for the training of music teachers for studios and private and public schools.
  7. to provide opportunities for the entire University community to experience music as a means of personal fulfillment.


The Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Program is distinguished by the wide range of possible experiences it offers the student: performance in multiple genres, composition, conducting, music history, music education, and world music.
The program also is characterized by a close interaction between students and faculty. The size and quality of the department offers all of the advantages of a small, private college at a state supported university. Student recitals each semester give the faculty the opportunity to monitor the progress of each student.
Students are encouraged to attend concerts and recitals on campus and in the community. Los Angeles has an outstanding Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Musical Theater.
The Department of Music is housed in the La Corte Hall Building, which contains the Marvin Laser Recital Hall; an audio recording and music synthesis complex of studios; a large rehearsal room for orchestra, chorus, and band; theory and history classroom; a state of the art piano classroom; and a number of teaching studios/practice rooms. Additional practice rooms are available in the nearby Educational Resource Center. Musical events also are held in the 485-seat University Theatre.
Financial aid and scholarships are available through the Office of Financial Aid. Several scholarships are specifically for music majors and require special application to the Department of Music. Auditions for scholarships are usually held in the early spring. The Music Department Scholarship Fund provides support to students who excel in music performance. Mu Phi Epsilon, the Honorary Music Fraternity, offers scholarships to members on the basis of grade point average, music performance, and service to the department and fraternity. Additional scholarships include the Marshall Bialosky Endowment Scholarship, the New Century Scholarship for composition students, and the Rod Butler Memorial Scholarship.

Academic Advisement

Students and prospective students who have chosen CSU Dominguez Hills for the study of music should seek academic advisement from a Department of Music faculty member at the earliest opportunity.


High school students preparing for university music study should take every opportunity to study and perform music. High school participation in band, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles and musical theater productions is highly recommended. In addition, private piano lessons, as well as vocal or instrumental lessons, will help to provide the incoming student with the basic musical skills and performance competencies necessary for success in pursuing a university degree in music.

Community college transfer students preparing for university music study should be sure that their program is paralleling equivalent courses being offered to freshman and sophomore music majors at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Career Possibilities

Graduates currently are working in the following fields: music teaching; private music teaching in music stores, studios, and in the home; community college teaching; arts administration; symphony orchestra performance; opera performance; church music composition and performance; church choir direction; music buying and music store management; popular music and jazz performance; gospel music performance and composition. Some graduates have elected to continue postgraduate study in the areas of teaching, musicology, composition, performance and conducting.

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate students may be candidates for graduation with Honors in Music if they meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements for the Music major.
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Music.