The mission of the Department of Music is to train musicians to their highest creative and intellectual potential, encourage them to develop professional relationships based on respect for all people, and prepare them for service to their local community and innovative careers in the heart of the music and entertainment industries and beyond.
The California State University Northridge Music Department is committed to:
- providing nationally recognized training in music leading to a wide variety of professional careers and entrepreneurship in performance, composition, teaching, therapy, and business
- inspiring the highest level of creative activity and scholarship in advancing an understanding of the musical arts and their importance in every society.
- promoting the development of strong ethical behavior based on honesty, respect for all people and cultures, service to local community and strong advocacy for the arts.
The Department of Music admits new students to the program every Fall and Spring semesters and offers a wide range of scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. All students are required to pass an entrance audition, and all undergraduate students must also complete a Musicianship and Keyboard placement exam. Here at CSUN Music Department, we offer several entrance audition dates throughout the calendar year, as well as scholarship auditions for incoming freshman and transfer students during the Spring semester auditions.
For more undergraduate information, please download the Prospective Music Student Handbook (in PDF format), or visit the CSUN Prospective Students/Parents Page.
For information on the graduate application process download the Graduate Studies Handbook.
ALL APPLICANTS TO THE MUSIC PROGRAM ARE REQUIRED TO:
- Meet all eligibility requirements for admission to California State University, Northridge either as a freshman or transfer student. Deadline for freshman applicants is November 30th.
- Submit a Music Department audition/scholarship application (found under audition dates).
- Successfully pass the performance entrance audition.
- Take the musicianship and keyboard placement exams (tests are offered once per semester).
- Meet with faculty area coordinators to discuss course selection.