Majors & Programs


Degrees Offered: BA Minor

The Department of Music is committed to providing the highest quality instruction in an environment that nurtures the intellectual and creative development of the individual. Our goal is to provide a complete and specialized music education to every student, regardless of his or her prior experience. Our classes are small, allowing us to offer an extraordinary level of personal attention to every individual.

Music students have the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of ensembles, including symphonic orchestra, symphonic band, jazz orchestra, steel drum band, opera workshop, choir, madrigal singers, vocal jazz, jazz combos, chamber groups, and more. Students and faculty collaborate regularly in performances, of which the music department presents more than 100 every year. A vibrant local music scene provides additional performance venues. Local clubs, community festivals, and frequent citywide events regularly feature Humboldt music students.

Nationally-recognized artists perform frequently at Cal Poly Humboldt. In addition, music students often have the opportunity to work one-on-one with guest artists in master classes. Summer chamber music workshops, which attract musicians from across the United States, provide still more opportunities for the serious performer. We have an extensive collection of chamber music—the most comprehensive library of chamber music on the West Coast.

We offer private instruction in composition, voice, piano, guitar, and all orchestral instruments. Our highly qualified faculty members are active musicians and scholars with a broad range of collective expertise. Their specialties include music technology, world music, conducting, jazz, musicology, music education, and performance.

The vast majority of our concerts and rehearsals take place in Fulkerson Recital Hall, a 201-seat performance space located within the main music building. Larger productions take place in the 750-seat Van Duzer Theater, located in the neighboring Theatre, Film, and Dance facility. As a Cal Poly Humboldt music student, you will have access to a computer-assisted instruction lab, an electronic piano lab, practice rooms, and a large collection of quality instruments which are loaned to students at no cost. Our excellent pianos are expertly maintained by a skilled full-time piano technician.

We offer degree options in Performance, Composition, Music Education, and a General Liberal Arts Option. Students may pursue more than one option, and our program allows you the flexibility to explore classes within any of the four options. Our core program provides a strong foundation in music theory, history, and ensemble performance, giving you the perfect base for either graduate study or other careers in music.

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Degrees & Requirements

Major Concentrations

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Music Studies
  • Music Education

Major Academic Plans