Secondary Education

Music Teaching Credential

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject Music Credential. This authorizes the teaching of K-12 instrumental, choral, and general music.

Program Pathways

Music Education Faculty

Linda Mouradian

Linda Mouradian

Linda Mouradian received a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from USC. She holds a California Life Teaching Credential. She served as Principal Violist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to California, she served as Associate Principal Violist of the Glendale Symphony, performed with the orchestras of Frank Sinatra, The Three Tenors, and Luciano Pavarotti, She is on the board of directors of Education Through Music-LA. She is the recipient of the 2005 CMEA Alfred Publishing Elementary Specialist Award, the 2012 co-recipient (with Academy Award winning composer, John Williams) of the ETM-LA Shining Star Award, and the 2016 CMEA Outstanding Elementary Music Specialist. Her professional affiliations include CMEA, NAfME, ASTA, CMA, Local #47 Musicians Union, MTAC, and LACESMA. Professor Mouradian taught instrumental music for LAUSD for 38 years. She developed LAUSD’s elementary instrumental music curriculum and served as an instrumental music coach. She currently maintains a private teaching studio. She has been on CSUN’s Music faculty since 2000 and now is also on the SED faculty, leading music student-teaching seminars and supervising music student teachers.

Mary Schliff

Mary Schliff is the Coordinator of Music Education at California State University Northridge. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Vermont, Burlington. She holds a California Life Teaching Credential.

Prior to her appointment at CSUN, Ms. Schliff had a wide range of professional experience teaching pre-school through high school music, both general classroom and instrumental music in Iowa, New York and California. She served on the faculty of Glendale College Child Development Department and as a visiting lecturer in music education at UCLA. Her teaching areas at CSUN include elementary and secondary instrumental and general music education. She is the undergraduate and credential advisor in Music Education and Music Student Teacher Coordinator. Under her leadership, the CSU Northridge NAFME Collegiate Chapter has received state and national awards in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2013 and 2105 for Chapter Growth and Excellence.

Professional affiliations include American Orff-Schulwerk Association, SCSBOA, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMEA Southwestern Section, CMEA and NAFME. Ms. Schliff has served on the CMEA board for many years as Early Childhood Representative and Conference Chair, Vice President, and Collegiate Representative. In 2004, she was the recipient of the CMEA John Swain Outstanding Collegiate Educator award.

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