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Department of Music

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fresno is the premier regional university serving Central California's diverse and growing population. Founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911, it became a teacher's college in 1921, and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. Fresno State is one of 23 campuses in the California State University, one of the largest systems of higher education in the world. The university is accredited by the California Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system.

Fresno State's 388-acre main campus and its 1,011-acre University Farm are located at the northeast edge of Fresno, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world, and Fresno is the fifth largest city in California. The university is within an hour's drive of many mountain and lake resorts and within a three to four-hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The College of Arts and Humanities

The College of Arts and Humanities offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialogue, and discovery. In addition to Music, the College of Arts and Humanities includes the following departments and programs: Armenian Studies, Art & Design, Communication, English, Linguistics, Media Communications & Journalism, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Theater Arts. For further information about the College and its programs, please see the following link: /index.html

The Department of Music

The Department of Music has been an integral part of California State University, Fresno since its inception.  In 1935, the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Music was awarded and in 1954, the College moved to its current Cedar and Shaw location. In 1972, Fresno State College joined the California State University system. Over the years the Music Department has prepared hundreds of candidates for bachelor's and master's degrees in music, and its graduates teach and perform all over the world.

The Department of Music at Fresno State offers some of the most extensive music facilities within the California State University system. The 65,000 square foot expansion of the Music Building, completed in 1991, combined with an extensive remodeling of the existing facility includes a 320 seat Concert Hall, the 200 seat Wahlberg Recital Hall, a 220 seat Rehearsal Hall, as well as over 30 practice rooms, classrooms, a large dance studio, faculty office space, a conference room, student lounge, and 700 student lockers. The building also contains a recording studio, computer labs, and a tracker-action organ. For further information about the Department of Music, see the following link: /music/

The Henry Madden Library

The Henry Madden Library is the largest academic library in California located between San Francisco and Los Angeles it is arguably one of the busiest libraries in all of inland California with 1.76 million visitors a year. The new addition to the library, completed in 2009, houses The Ronald J. Harlan Music Collection and consists of approximately 22,000 compact discs, 40,000 stereo and monaural LPs and 47,000 scores. The collection music contains representative scores and recordings in the areas of classical, jazz, musicals, popular music, and world music. In addition, there are also spoken recordings containing poetry, plays, and speeches. The media collection also has more than 7000 videos (DVD and VHS) of educational and research value in all subject areas. For further information about Music and Media Resources, click on the following link:

The Graduate Writing Studio

The Graduate Writing Studio is dedicated to helping graduate students improve their academic writing skills. Located in the Henry Madden Library, the Graduate Writing Studio provides the opportunity for students to make individual appointments or drop-in to meet with one of the writing consultants regarding their project, thesis or longer papers as part of a graduate seminar assignment. The Graduate Writing Studio also offers informative workshops on academic writing, documentation style and avoiding plagiarism, as well as a series of workshops specifically designed for international students.