About Us

Voted among the Most Wired, Top Green & Best Value schools in America (Princeton Review), the Sonoma State Department of Music offers generous scholarships and performance opportunities in instrumental, choral, jazz, and music theatre. The Department is housed in the Green Music Center — ranked No. 3 on College Degree Search's 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers.

Our graduates are high achievers who go on to successful careers as music educators; college professors; jazz and recording artists; and performers in symphonies, pit orchestras, clubs, sound studios and more. Music students at Sonoma State enroll as one of the following:

  1. Bachelor of Music degree Music Composition (pending)
  2. Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies
  3. Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
  4. Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal/Instrumental Performance
  5. Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Liberal Studies concentration

Students may also pursue the Music minor.  

Accredited since 1972 by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Music at Sonoma State is situated an hour north of San Francisco in the heart of California’s wine country. Since 2012, when Weill Hall opened to the public, featuring a stunning solo performance by Lang Lang, the breathtaking acoustics of this uniquely designed space have attracted artists of the highest calibre. 

Our Philosophy

At Sonoma State University, developing artists cultivate their individuality in a humane environment that emphasizes personalized instruction. Classes are small, averaging twelve students per faculty member. Studio instruction for musicians is one to one. Many ensembles are “chamber” scaled, reflecting our belief that intimacy is the best guarantee of quality. Even our large ensemble strive for this intimacy. The faculty know their students by name and are accessible to their needs and concerns.

Our Curriculum

The core curriculum for music majors is a rigorous program that provides a thorough foundation in such essential skills as keyboard facility, theoretical understanding, aural perception, and analysis of a wide range of music literature. All majors gain experience with both the intuitive and the intellectual processes of the art. The curriculum is designed to place the specialized study of music in the setting of a liberal arts education and to serve as a firm basis for careers in a wide variety of professions in music and those related to music. Private voice/instrument lessons are required of all music majors. All students attend a weekly repertoire class.