College of Arts and Letters

School of Music Description

The fundamental purpose of the Sacramento State music curriculum is threefold:

  1. to promote excellence in all aspects of music performance and academic coursework,
  2. to provide basic preparation for careers in music, and
  3. to promote interest in all musical and artistic endeavors at the University and in the Sacramento community.

The main emphasis of the School of Music is on performance. Sustaining this concept is the School's faculty, which remains committed to individual and ensemble performances as a means of enhancing the teaching quality of the institution and the cultural climate of the campus and community.

Students majoring in Music are not only expected to be technically proficient in the art but are required to have broad training in the liberal arts and sciences that are the core of the University's program.

Degree Programs

BA in Music

Bachelor of Music (Instrumental)

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies)

Bachelor of Music (Keyboard)

Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Education)

Bachelor of Music (Theory/Composition)

Bachelor of Music (Voice)

Minor in Music

Master of Music (Conducting)

Master of Music (Composition)

Master of Music (Performance)

The Performer's Certificate


In addition to California State University, Sacramento's full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music are also individually accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a California State University program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Special Features

  • With all of its degree programs fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Sacramento State School of Music has developed a regional and national reputation for the high quality of its faculty and the superior achievements of its students and performing ensembles.
  • Each year the School of Music presents a large number of performances to the campus and the greater Sacramento area. These include concerts by the bands, orchestra, jazz ensembles, concert choir, chorus, and opera workshop. For over 40 years, the Festival of New American Music has been an important part of the musical scene in the United States. Other concerts are part of the Piano Series, the New Millennium Series, and the World Music Series.
  • In addition, the School of Music has brought to campus such notable personalities as composers George Crumb, Anthony Davis, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, and Joan Tower; pianists Gilbert Kalish, Michael Mizrahi, and Garrick Ohlsson; violinist Rachel Barton Pine; the Juilliard Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; Imani Winds; opera star Denyce Graves; and jazz greats Bobby Hutcherson and Bob Mintzer.
  • Several music faculty have written textbooks; a number of them are composers with numerous performances to their credit; others perform frequently nationally and internationally.

Note: After an initial session with the School's Admissions Advisor & Program Counselor, the student will be assigned to an applied instructor for future advising. The advising process is greatly enhanced by the regular weekly contact between student and instructor/advisor.

Career Possibilities

Conductor · Soloist · Composer · Private Teaching · Music Librarian · Music Therapy · Music Criticism · Music Publishing · Opera · Accompanist · Recreation Specialist · Recording Industry: Producer, Arranger, Copyist, Studio Performer · Music Education: General Music, Vocal Instruction, Instrumental Instruction, Administration, College Teaching · Church Music: Music Director, Choir Director, Organist

Contact Information

Stephen Blumberg, Director, School of Music

Mark Allen, Admissions

Glenn Disney, Events & Building Coordinator

Katy Hardeay, Administrative Support Coordinator II

Alexa Sossaman, Administrative Support Coordinator I

Capistrano Hall 105

(916) 278-5155
School of Music Website