Each student in the School of Music is assigned an academic advisor. In addition to the help provided by individual advisors, assistance is available in the School of Music’s Dean’s Office (JJWCM 3322, x43348).

During the 2021-22 Academic Year, Professor Crystal Peebles is serving as Lead Faculty Advisor in support of faculty advisors

All waiver substitutions require the final approval of the Dean.


  • Review available advising materials to familiarize yourself with resources for students. See the links below.
  • Meet with advisees at the start of the year to get acquainted. This is especially critical for all new students and new advisees.
  • Post office hours and provide opportunities for individual appointments.
  • Assist in helping advisees find academic information, including information on majors, minors, Integrative Core Curriculum, and other academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Refer students to appropriate offices if you cannot provide the necessary assistance.
  • Meet each semester prior to course registration; assist with course selection and academic planning, and provide feedback on advisee’s academic schedule for the next term.
  • Help students to understand the purpose of academic requirements and their relationship to their major and career plans.
  • Help advisees to learn how to make good academic decisions, how to discover the range of options available to them, and how to think through potential consequences of their choices.


  • Accept responsibility for making decisions. Your adviser provides advice, but does not make decisions for you.
  • Communicate effectively: answer emails and file paperwork, including obtaining required signatures promptly when asked.
  • Learn where to find information online. (Hint: Current Students Page.)
  • Prior to your advising appointment, prepare:
    • A list of courses
    • Alternative course selections
    • The meeting times of these courses
    • Questions about degree requirements (if needed)
  • Contact your advisor to schedule appointments. Come to appointments on time and cancel appointments promptly if you are unable to attend.
  • Make an appointment to discuss midterm grades if concerned about your progress through the degree.
  • Discuss important decisions or questions about your education (e.g., choice of major, change of major, change of school) well before the registration period.
  • Follow through on referrals made by your adviser (e.g., a visit to the Office of Career Services) and be willing to discuss suggestions made by your advisor.
  • Recognize that your adviser works with a number of students, each of whom has specific needs owing to degree and track.
  • Remember that you are responsible for knowing the academic regulations and requirements as listed in the Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog according the year of matriculation.