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Ric AlvisoWelcome to the Music Department at California State University Northridge!

We are perennial overachievers. Even though we are part of a public state university, the CSUN Music Program consistently ranks among the top music programs in the nation. Most recently we made the Hollywood Reporter's list of the top 25 music schools in the world. Most of the schools on the list are expensive, private institutions. The fact that we are consistently included in this company is a testament to the quality and dedication of our outstanding faculty.

Few institutions can boast such highly recognized music industry, music therapy, media/film composition, jazz and classical performance programs. Graduates of the program often immediately find work in Los Angeles’ bustling music industry and film business. Performance majors go on to perform with major orchestras and opera companies. This year, as in most, every one of our music education majors were employed within weeks of receiving their teaching credentials. 

To learn more about our program and concert schedule, please visit our website, or contact us via phone or email. We are always looking for community members to be involved in our program and help support the work we do educating and producing the finest musicians in the San Fernando Valley. Please consider donating to our scholarship program. The CSUN Music program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music

If you are interested in studying at CSUN Music, I would be happy to speak with you and to put you in touch with members of our faculty and staff. I encourage you to visit our campus, attend concerts and other events, and meet the faculty, students, and staff. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Ric Alviso, Ph.D. 
Chair, CSUN Music

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