Andrew Surmani, Assistant Professor of Music, serves as the Academic Lead of the Masters of Arts in Music Industry Administration degree program at CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning.
Prior to joining the CSUN faculty, Professor Surmani has worked for more than 28 years in the music industry, most notably for Alfred Music, as Chief Marketing Officer overseeing global sales and marketing operations. Overseeing educational publishing for institutions at Alfred, he helped consolidate company operations following the largest acquisition in print music publishing history (Alfred’s purchase of Warner Brothers Publications), launched and oversaw major product lines, introduced innovative marketing campaigns and expanded into global markets. While leading this division for Alfred, the company launched some of its most successful product lines, including Accent on Achievement, Strictly Strings, Choral Designs, Alfred Pop Choral, Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory and the revolutionary new customizable band and string methods, Sound Innovations.
Professor Surmani also works as a freelance musician, and has performed in the Istanbul (Turkey), Juan les Pins (France), Umbria (Italy), Lake Biwa (Japan), and Wigan (England) jazz festivals. He has performed in the concert halls of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Additionally, Professor Surmani led a band and performed on lead trumpet in two shows at Walt Disney World, taught trumpet privately, and managed high school groups on tour to Hawaii and Japan for a music production company.
A co-author of the best-selling series, Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Professor Surmani has also published articles in educational and music industry journals, and has conducted workshops on music education and industry topics throughout the world.
Professor Surmani was a founding board member and serves as the current President of the international Jazz Education Network (JEN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition, he serves on the Music Technology Advisory Board at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Technology through Music Education (TI:ME) Advisory Board, the College Music Society Editorial Board and was Founder and Past President of the MATES Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to support a new arts and technology charter school in Thousand Oaks, California. Andrew also served on the Curriculum Development Committee during the formation of the M.A. in Music Industry Administration degree program at CSUN.
Professor Surmani holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) from California State University, Northridge.