The Music Department offers several programs of study which develop technical and musical skills, encourage creativity, and cultivate a vision for the future. The faculty and staff are here to help you succeed throughout your years of instruction. To assist you in selecting a course of study which meets your present academic and future career goals in music, our department has a number of faculty available to help you.
Lea Clará is our undergraduate and 2nd bachelors advisor and Dr. Steve Thachuk is the graduate advisor for students seeking a Masters Degree. Both advisors can assist you and answer questions regarding admissions, auditions, scholarships, advisement, as well as music department and university policies.
To make an appointment with our Undergraduate Advisor, please call 818-677-3181 (have your student ID# and weekly availability ready). To set up an appointment with our graduate advisor, please email Dr. Steve Thachuk at email@example.com.
You will also be assigned to a faculty advisor in your field with whom you will meet each semester to plan your course of study. Continuing students are required to meet with their option advisor every semester. We are here to help!
Advisement Information from the Undergraduate Handbook
The Music Department requires ALL students to obtain advisement from their Faculty Advisor of their degree option every semester. If a student does not go through the advisement process, a registration hold (TTR hold) will remain on the students file. As a result, students will not be able to access TTR to enroll in classes during their appointed time. Advisement for continuing students is held two to three weeks prior to final exam week, immediately after TTR forms are mailed. Faculty Advisors will post sign-up sheets for advisement; it is the student's responsibility to make sure an appointment is made. Before advisement the student should pick up an Advisement form in Music 116 and Schedule of Classes for the following semester (available in the Book Store).
ALL music major needs to be advised by the Coordinator of his/her declared Option. The student is to work with this advisor during his/her entire preparation for the undergraduate degree (a change of Option also involves a change of advisor).
Music Department Advisement
Lea Clará is available to assist students with general advisement. Questions regarding academic status, selecting a major, changing major, DPRs report, unofficial transcripts, graduation, transfer evaluation, etc. should be directed to her in CY 116. Questions regarding Option and courses within the degree option should be directed to the Faculty Advisor.
Student Resource Center (NH 135)
This office has been established by the College of Arts, Media and Communication to assist all incoming students with academic advisement. General Education advisement and questions involving total program rather than major will be referred to this office. ALL First-time Freshman, Second Semester Freshman, EOP students, and students on Academic Probation are require to meet with an academic advisor each semester.
Graduation Evaluation (Grad Check
Lea Clará, Undergraduate Advisor, is responsible for providing the departmental graduation evaluation, which then becomes part of the all-university graduation evaluation provided by the Office of Admissions and Records.
- A Grad Check should be requested one year prior to the anticipated graduation date. Or, after the completion of 90 units.
- Fill out an appointment-request form for a grad check, available in Room 116, and submit it with all the information requested. She will notify you by phone/email with an appointment day/time to go over all your graduation requirements with you. You should have already met with your area coordinator regarding option electives, registration holds, etc.
- Submit the original signed Application for Graduation to the Admissions & Records Office located in the Student Services Building. You will need to pay a fee of $47 ($57 if late) to apply for graduation.
- After review, the A & R office will mail to you an official Graduation Evaluation DARS report listing all General Education courses, music courses, and other requirements needed for graduation. This can take up to 4 months.
Degree Progress Report (DPR Report)
The DPR reflects remaining requirements needed for completion of the degree including all General Education and Music requirements. This report will include all transfer coursework from other colleges and universities. You can request a DPR report from your SOLAR student account or during advisement with an advisor. The report is available in two forms: PDF format and interactive. Through the interactive DPR you will be able to view course descriptions, pre-requisites and the next semester in which the class will be offered. Go to ‘services for students’ and ‘view Degree Progress Report (DPR) to view or print a copy. Make sure to go to the ‘results’ tab and click on ‘refresh’ until “view report” or “interactive audit” shows up.