Academic Advising in Music

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Academic advising is essential to ensure a successful academic experience at Cal Poly Pomona.  The department encourages Music Majors to meet regularly with their advisors as needed in order to understand university policies, curriculum changes, and/or department policies that may impact a student’s academic progress.  While the department recognizes the importance of interaction amongst peers, it strongly recommends that questions regarding official policies, classes, curriculum, graduation requirements, etc., be answered by faculty members and not by other students.

  1. All Music Majors are assigned an academic advisor.   
  2. Advisor lists are posted near the department office and on several faculty bulletin boards. 
  3. “Back-up advisors" - Students are encouraged to see their regular advisors for any advising problems.  However, in an urgent situation, any currently approved advisor may be consulted or asked to sign a petition, etc. when the student's advisor is not available.  
  4. Other resources can be found at the University advising website.  Go to: You will find many answers to a variety of questions including advising tools, policies, degree requirements, transfer credit, testing, deadlines, support services, tips for success and more! 
  5. E-mail:  In an attempt to improve communication with advisors and faculty, we request that you either use your Cal Poly e-mail address and/or have your Cal Poly e-mail forwarded to your regular e-mail address at aol, hotmail, or whatever service you use.  It is very simple to forward e-mail.  Here is the procedure:
    • Using an internet browser (such as Internet Explorer), go to My Control Panel
    • Use your BroncoName and BroncoPassword when prompted for a user name and password. 
    • Click on the "Summary" tab.
    • Verify your current "mail forwarding" setting. 
    • Select the "Mail" tab. 
    • Select the radio button "Forward your mail to..." and enter your home email address. 
    • Click the "Change Forwarding" button to set your changes. 
    • Go back to the Summary tab.
    • Verify your email is now being forwarded as you prefer.  
    • Note that these changes may take 15 minutes to go through the server. 
  6. You can also see your Cal Poly e-mail from any computer by using Exchange.  Here is the procedure for accessing Exchange:  Enter the following address in your web browser:


  1. All Music Majors are advised at least once a year at the winter quarter Advising Workshop. 
  2. Students who do not attend the Advising Workshop will have a hold placed on their registration that may delay their registration for the following Fall quarter.  To remove the hold, the student must contact the advisor and schedule an advising appointment.    
  3. Students with special needs may schedule an appointment during any quarter with their advisors for individual help.  Special needs may include:   
    • Transfer credit evaluation 
    • Petitions             
    • Change of emphasis or option
    • Problems with the grad check 
    • Help with university forms 
    • Questions regarding math, English and other GE courses 
    • General information about course offerings  
    • Other problems that may be interfering with the academic progress of the student   


Students who are in their first year as a music major (FTF, Transfer, or Change of major) will have a hold placed on their registration each quarter, to assist in decision making during their transition year.  This hold is removed once the student meets with his/her advisor. After the first year, the annual hold on registration goes into effect.


Required of all Music Majors:

  • A grade of C or better is required in all core courses. A cumulative GPA in core and required courses must be 2.0 or higher in order to receive a degree in the major.
  • All majors must complete MU 122, MU 113 and MU 104 within the first two years of entering the program.
  • All majors must enroll in a minimum of 2 ensemble units within the first two years of entering the program.


  • "At-risk" students are those who have a GPA below 2.2.  The university computing system automatically places a hold on their registration.  They must see the music department at-risk advisor for removal of the hold.   
  •  The "At-risk" advisor is Dr. Levine.


Music Education Dr. Janine Riveire
Music Performance (Commercial) Dr. David Kopplin
Music Performance (Piano) Dr. Nadia Shpachenko
Music Performance (all others) Dr. Peter Yates
Music Industry Studies: Dr. Susan Burns (Fall only)
Prof. Jenny Amaya
Dr. David Kopplin
Dr. Janine Riveire
Dr. Nicholas Vasallo
Prof. Arthur Winer