Fresno State’s music program among nation’s ‘most beautiful’

Fresno State earned some melodious news this week. Online college resource site College Degree Search has named the school’s music program No. 44 among the nation’s “most beautiful” music conservatories and schools.

The site pointed to Fresno State’s 65,000-square-foot music hall, home to almost two dozen practice rooms, 12 teaching studios and several rehearsal rooms.

Along with recording spaces and computer labs, “the Fresno State Music Building is something to write home about,” said those who did the ranking.

The university’s music program has a long history on campus, starting with a Glee Club in 1911 when Fresno State was called Fresno State Normal School. The first bachelor’s of arts degree in music was awarded in 1935.

Fresno State was among a handful of California campuses that made the list, including University of California at Irvine (No. 19) and University of Southern California (No. 9).

New England Conservatory of Music in Boston earned the top spot while Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh was No. 2.