Advice and Support


Director—Robert Cart (973-655-7212, cartr@mail.montclair.edu, CH-148)
Interim Associate Director of Administration—Tony Mazzocchi (973-655-7212, CH-142)
Main Office/Auditions Coordinator—JaNeen Vinson (973-655-7212; vinsonj@mail.montclair.edu, CH-144)
Finance—Andrew Pecota (973-655-5476; pecotaa@mail.montclair.edu, CH-146)
Academic Administrator—Gina Balestracci (973-655-7219; balestraccig@mail.montclair.edu, CH-131)
Concert Manager—Martha Learner (973-655-7263; learnerm@mail.montclair.edu, CH-129)
Jeffrey Rosolen, Production Manager (973-655-7885; rosolenj@mail.montclair.edu, CH-120)
Preparatory Center for the Arts (Prep Center) Director—Marla Meissner
(973-655-4443; musicprep@mail.montclair.edu, CH-450)


Coordinators and Advisors for Academic Concentrations and Applied Music

BMus—Education (Marissa Silverman, undergraduate coordinator and advisor)
MA and Certification—Education (Lisa DeLorenzo, graduate coordinator, advisor)
Music Therapy (all programs) — (Brian Abrams, coordinator, advisor)
MA in Performance, Performer’s Certificate and Artist Diploma — (David Witten, advisor)
BMus/MA in Theory/Composition — (Ting Ho, advisor)
Brass — Donald Batchelder (batchelderd@mail.montclair.edu)
Composition — Ting Ho (hoti@mail.montclair.edu)
Guitar — Darrin O'Neill (oneilld@mail.montclair.edu)
Jazz — Jeffrey Kunkel (kunkelj@mail.montclair.edu)
Percussion — Barry Centanni (centannib@mail.montclair.edu)
Piano, Organ, Harpsichord — David Witten (wittend@mail.montclair.edu)
Collaborative Piano Coordinator — Dmitri Korneev (korneevd@mail.montclair.edu)
Strings — Nicholas Tzavaras (tzavarasn@mail.montclair.edu)
Theory — Ruth Rendleman (rendlemanr@mail.montclair.edu)
Voice— Stephen Oosting (oostings@mail.montclair.edu)
Chamber Music — Anthony Mazzocchi (mazzocchia@mail.montclair.edu)
Woodwinds — Harry Searing (searingh@mail.montclair.edu)
Musical Theatre — Clay James (jamesbr@mail.montclair.edu)


Who Helps Students

Advising: Students should see their advisors for curricular matters, and the school administrator, Gina Balestracci, for procedural issues and help with forms or authorizations.

Problems between a student and private teacher: Students are asked to talk to the instructor first, if possible. If the problem is not resolved, the student should talk to the Associate Director for Faculty (ADF) for guidance. Faculty should speak with the student first, if possible, and then with the ADF.

Course-related problems: students are asked to talk to the instructor first, then the director. Faculty should speak to the student having problems, if possible) and then the student’s advisor and director.

Personal problems: Counseling and Psychological Services (part of the Health and Wellness Center); Dean of Students; campus ministries offer services for faculty, staff and students.

Final Audits: faculty advisors monitor final audits for students.


Undergraduate Advice and Support

Who will help me plan my course load? 
You will also be assigned a faculty adviser who is knowledgeable about your concentration and particular interests and will help you plan your curriculum.

How often should I seek advice? 
You should consult with an adviser AT LEAST once a semester preceding registration to insure that you fulfill your requirements. Feel free to talk about decisions regarding your academic program. advisers offer help in many ways, so take as much advantage of them as possible.

Where can I get help with registration? 
For technical issues or authorizations, see Academic Administrator Gina Balestracci.

Who is responsible for overseeing my progress in the music program?
It is your responsibility to meet all requirements of the university and school. Many people can help you do this. Use the Cali School curriculum guides and WESS (Web Enrollment Services for Students), the academic administrator and your faculty mentor, to monitor your progress and also stay in contact with everyone to insure an on-time graduation.

How do the school of music rules and regulations fit in with university requirements?
The school sets rules for meeting music curriculum requirements. The university sets general rules and regulations for graduation that are summarized in MSU’s undergraduate catalog online. The rules in the university catalog in effect during your freshman year will apply to you throughout your university career. If there are changes while you are attending MSU—for instance, if general education course requirements are altered—such changes may not apply to you. Your Analysis of Academic Progress, available on WESS, will always have the most up-to-date record of your outstanding requirements.

Transfer students — How soon will I find out which credits have transferred? 
There will be a delay in transferring credits. See the academic administrator for information.

How do I find out what Gen Ed credits I need?
Go to WESS and do an Analysis of Academic Progress.

How do I find out about applied music lesson requirements? 
Applied music lessons are required for all undergraduates. Your adviser will discuss requirements with you. The list of vocal and instrumental courses with section numbers are available on WESS.

May I take a leave-of-absence from school?
Yes. If you need to take a leave-of-absence please inform your adviser so that you, the Cali School and the university can plan accordingly. A leave of absence may affect the courses that you will be required to take upon your return.

Who will discuss career objectives with me?
The faculty of the School of Music will be your best resource for discussing the specialized career objectives that come with being a musician. Additionally, College Career Services may be able to help you develop a career plan that complements your intended professional direction, taking into account your academic preparation. Whether you are an undergraduate or a master’s degree candidate, there are steps you can take now to advance your career development by participating in CART Career Services’ advising sessions and career development workshops, and/or using our online interactive tools – all of which are designed to help you learn more about your interests, skills and values; research careers; prepare your career plan; explore professions through Cooperative Education and internship opportunities; plan for graduate school; and develop job search skills.


Graduate Advice and Support

Who will help me plan my course load?
You will be assigned a faculty adviser who will develop your work program and who is knowledgeable about your concentration and particular interests. At the beginning of each semester, a list of students and their advisers will be posted online at WESS (Web Enrollment Services for Students) at montclair.edu.

How often should I see my adviser?
See your adviser AT LEAST once a semester preceding registration to insure that you fulfill your requirements. Feel free to talk about decisions you need to make about your academic program. advisers offer help in many ways, so take as much advantage of them as possible.

Where can I get help with registration?
For curricular matters, see your adviser. For technical issues or authorizations, see Academic Administrator Gina Balestracci.

Who is responsible for overseeing my progress in the music program?
It is your responsibility to meet all requirements of the university and school. Your adviser will help you do this. Your work program is your contract with the university that documents your degree requirements.

How do the school of music rules and regulations fit in with university requirements?
The school sets rules for meeting music curriculum requirements. The university sets general rules and regulations for graduation that are summarized in the university Catalog. The rules in the first university Catalog you receive will apply to you throughout your university career. If there are changes while you are attending MSU, your work program remains your contract with the university.

How do I find out about applied music lesson requirements?
Applied music lessons are required for many graduate students. The taxonomy lists vocal and instrumental course numbers. They are listed on-line in WESS, which is where you can find the call number for your particular applied music section.

May I change my degree program within the school of music?
Yes. To change from one concentration to another, meet with faculty advisers in your current concentration and in the one you wish to enter. These meetings will help you clarify your reasons for changing and assess your potential for entering a new concentration. Then, fulfill requirements for entering a new concentration, as follows:

  • Performance - Gain approval of performance faculty by completing a successful audition.
  • Music Education or Music Therapy - Gain approval of music education or music therapy faculty by completing a successful interview
  • Theory/Composition - Gain approval of theory/comp faculty by completing a successful portfolio review and interview.

When you have been notified by the faculty that you have been accepted into the new concentration, complete an Graduate Change of Major form, which is available in the graduate school office.

May I take a leave-of-absence from school?
Yes. If you need to take a leave-of-absence please inform your adviser so that you, the Cali School and the university can plan accordingly. A leave of absence may affect the courses that you will be required when you return.

Who will discuss career objectives with me?
The faculty of the School of Music will be your best resource for discussing the specialized career objectives that come with being a musician. Additionally, College Career Services may be able to help you develop a career plan that complements your intended professional direction, taking into account your academic preparation. Whether you are an undergraduate or a master’s degree candidate, there are steps you can take now to advance your career development by participating in CART Career Services’ advising sessions and career development workshops, and/or using our online interactive tools – all of which are designed to help you learn more about your interests, skills and values; research careers; prepare your career plan; explore professions through Cooperative Education and internship opportunities; plan for graduate school; and develop job search skills.


Student Organizations

Your students may be involved in groups and activities sponsored by professional organizations, fraternities, and other student-interest groups that music students may join. Some groups are:

American String Teachers Association (ASTA) - Mary Ann Mumm, faculty advisor
Student chapter of the organization providing resources for educational and professional development of string teachers. (www.astaweb.com)

International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), New Jersey - Jeffrey Kunkel, faculty advisor
Student chapter of the organization providing resources for educational and professional development of jazz teachers.

MENC (National Association for Music Education) - Lisa DeLorenzo, faculty advisor
This student-run organization is MSU’s collegiate chapter of the national association. Meetings provide information and often feature guest speakers who address various aspects of music education. Dues pay for national membership in MENC as well as the state organization.

Music Therapy Students’ Organization - Brian Abrams, faculty advisor
Student-founded organization that promotes the needs and interests of music therapy students. The elected officers and the membership meet several times per semester to hear presentations about music therapy and related disciplines, and to participate in university and community social events and service projects.

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) - Shelley Axelson, faculty advisor
Sigma Alpha Iota is a chapter of the national professional music fraternity for women, founded in 1903 that promotes the highest standards of musical excellence. The sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota usually perform at least one concert each year and provide service projects, such as ushering at performances and arranging receptions, for the School of Music. The fraternity is not limited to majors and encourages all women interested in music to join. Informational meetings are held several times each year.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Loren C. Fortna, faculty advisor
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston.  Lambda Mu Chapter was founded on the campus of Montclair State College on March 31, 1962. The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. Lambda Mu performs at least one concert each year and provides service projects for the Cali School of Music. Phi Mu Alpha is not limited to music majors and encourages all men interested in music to join. Informational meetings are held several times each year.

Student Advisory Committee (SAC) - TBA
This elected group provides a means of communication among the school's students, faculty and staff. It gives students an informal voice in school policy matters. 

Preparatory Center for the Arts (Music Prep) - Marla Meissner, director 
(CH 450; 973-655-4443; musicprep@mail.montclair.edu)
The Music Prep provides an opportunity for children and adults in the Montclair area to take classes, private lessons, and other instruction from MSU faculty and advanced students. The Prep hires Cali School of Music students to teach in its weekday and Saturday programs. Faculty may recommend students to teach. 
MSU students who are not eligible for credit-bearing private music instruction may study through the Prep with Cali School faculty. The Prep also sponsors the Stokes Forest Music Camp in association with the New Jersey School of Conservation. Students may be hired to serve as counselors at the camp.


Using Chapin Hall

Cali School - Chapin Hall (CH)
During the academic year, the building and practice rooms are open every day from 7 am until 11 pm. On Saturdays, the Preparatory Center for the Arts (Music Prep) uses most of the classrooms and practice rooms until mid-afternoon, but then rooms are available until 11 pm. 

For safety reasons, students are only permitted in the building during regular hours. Students are only allowed in classrooms when faculty or staff members are present. Campus police officers have been instructed to enforce this policy.

Mailboxes
Faculty and staff mailboxes, located in room 149, are accessible for mail, messages and materials.

Telephones
Emergency — Phones and emergency contact information are located in the hallways on every floor. 
Cell Phones — Please remind students to turn of all cell phones and pagers during classes and performances.

Faculty offices and studios
Faculty offices and studios are off limits to unsupervised students. Students found violating this rule may be required to forfeit practice and/or performance privileges.

Leshowitz Recital Hall
The hall is available for degree recitals and Cali School ensembles including times for dress rehearsal and performance. See our performance policies for complete information.

Maintenance of facilities
All maintenance and facilities concerns should be brought to the attention of Andrew Pecota by leaving a detailed note about the problem in his mailbox or by emailing pecotaa@mail.montclair.edu. We ask that all students assume responsibility for leaving areas where they work as clean and orderly as possible.

Practice rooms
If practice rooms are not in use for lessons, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis for music majors.

Keys
Students may not be given keys to studios or other locked areas. Students gaining access through violation of this rule may be subject to university sanctions.

Food in the Cali building
Food is allowed only at the tables in the ground floor lounge area. No receptions are allowed in the building.

Pianos
There is a piano tuning/repair request form in the main office (Ch140). The piano technician works from that list.

Computers/Audio Software
The computer lab (CH-122) provides Macintosh computers with keyboards and professional audio software for use by students. Lab hours are posted each semester.

Copying
The school copier is for the use of faculty only. There are self-serve copiers in Sprague Library and the Student Center.

Bulletin Boards
Notices may be posted on designated general bulletin boards only. Any notices taped to doors or in stairwells will be removed. Permission is required from the Student Affairs Office (Student Center 4th floor) to post flyers at other locations on campus.

University Closings
Closings are announced at montclair.edu/closings. Check the website or call the university automated line 973-655-7810 before leaving for campus.

Lost and Found
Turn in found items at the main office and check there for lost items. Metronomes and other music-related items will be kept in the building. Non-musical items are sent to the official lost and found at the campus police office after a few weeks. The Cali School is not responsible for lost items.