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Academic Advising

Sections on this page:
Beach Connect Advising Appointments
Scheduled Comprehensive Advising Appointments
Freshman and Transfer Mandatory Advising
Drop-in Advising
Music Minor

Academic Advising
Student Status Make An Appointment
Undergraduate Make an appointment using the instructions below.
Graduate Make an appointment directly with the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Shanon Zusman.

**Music Education students who wish to make an "on-campus" appointment with Dr. Tamara Thies should visit the Music Education page for available advising dates.

Beach Connect Advising Appointments

All Undergraduate Music Majors must make academic advising appointments through Beach Connect. All students should meet with Kirsten Sumpter. **All Summer 2021 advising appointments will be held via Zoom.**

Schedule An Advising Appointment

Follow the steps below:

  1. Login to Single Sign-On with your Student ID and password:
    Beach Connect Login button.
  2. Click on the Beach Connect icon in your dashboard
  3. Click the blue "Get Assistance" button on the right
  4. Select "Academic Advising" for your appointment type
  5. Pick a service for your appointment such as "class schedule assistance" or "degree progress and planning" **Please note that Kirsten does not offer all services. If you select a service that she does not offer, you will not see her availability in the next selections and you can click the start over link under the "New Appointment" heading to pick a different service
  6. Select a date (at most 2 weeks from today’s date)
  7. Click "Find Available Time"
  8. Choose an available time in the Music & Dance Advising location
    (Change date as needed to see other options)
  9. Beginning in Fall 2021 appointments can be scheduled virtually or in-person

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Scheduled Comprehensive Advising Appointments

Twenty-minute advising appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance by logging into Beach Connect on Single Sign-On (see instructions above). Beach Connect will only display advising availability that does not conflict with your class schedule.

Comprehensive Advising Appointments are appropriate for:

  • Schedule and graduation planning
  • Comprehensive GE & major advising
  • Probation, Disqualification, and Reinstatement
  • Timely Graduation Appeals
  • Adding a Minor
  • Any other advising concerns/questions

Freshman and Transfer Mandatory Advising

All Freshmen who started in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Transfers will have required advising in March/April. We will cover your degree requirements and schedule. Please do not schedule individual appointments until you have attended your advising workshop.

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising hours, if available, will be posted on Beach Connect. Students will wait in a Zoom waiting room until it is your turn for a brief advising session.

Drop-In advising is appropriate for:

  • Quick Questions
  • Spring 2021 Graduation Checks

Drop-In advising is NOT appropriate for:

  • Schedule planning
  • Timely Graduation Appeals
  • Comprehensive GE & major advising

Music Minor

In order to declare a minor in Music:

  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (Overall, CSULB, and Major)
  • You must be fully declared in your major (no pre-majors)
  • You must be able to complete the minor within the University’s Timely Graduation Policy
  • You are encouraged to complete or be enrolled in at least one course in the minor before declaring
  • You must complete your first term at CSULB with a minimum 2.5 GPA prior to requesting a minor
  • Fill out this form:

If you are already declared as a minor, please schedule an appointment using the directions above or email

  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
  • 562-985-4781 phone
  • 562-985-2490 fax

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