College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Academic Advising

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General Information

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 among peers, it strongly recommends that questions regarding official policies, classes, curriculum, graduation requirements, etc., be answered by faculty members and not by other students.

Some general information about advising:

  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. 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.
  4. E-mail:  In an attempt to improve communication with advisors and faculty, we request that you either use your CPP e-mail address and/or have your CPP e-mail forwarded to your regular e-mail address at yahoo, hotmail, gmail or whatever service you use.  

First Year Majors

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.  The annual hold is lifted once the student attends the annual advising workshop.

Requirements of All Music Majors

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.

Academic Advisors For Academic Year 2017/2018

Music Program Area Academic Advisor
Music Education Janine Riveire
Music Performance (Instrumental) Rickey Badua
Music Performance (Piano) Nadia Shpachenko
Music Performance (Vocal) Susan Ali
Music Industry Studies:

David Kopplin

Arthur Winer

Peter Yates

Annual Advising Workshop 

  1. All music majors are advised at least once a year at the 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 at any time 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

At-Risk Advising

  • "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 Peter Yates.

College Advising Center

The C.L.A.S.S. Academic Advising Center is dedicated to promoting student success of undergraduate students throughout the college, focusing on:

  •  General education requirements
  •  Implementation of university policies and procedures
  •  Collaboration between the academic advisors and faculty
  •  Troubleshooting student issues and concerns


The C.L.A.S.S. Academic Advising Center is located in Building 5, Room 228.  909-979-5695