Each art, music, and arts administration major has an advisor in the Department of Art & Music. Students who are considering a major in this department should meet with a faculty member they have for a course or with the Chair of Art & Music to talk about future goals and academic or professional interests, to understand how a certain major will apply to those. Once a student has decided on declaring her major, she should meet with a faculty member whom she has asked to be her major advisor or with the Chair of Art & Music, who can recommend an appropriate advisor. Those interested in a minor in art, music, or arts administration should also talk with the department chair or the faculty member whom she would like to be her advisor.
It is the student's responsibility to make an appointment to see her faculty advisor at least twice a year, usually during pre-registration periods. If, for some urgent reason, a student must register without seeing her advisor, she should e-mail the advisor to consult on courses for which she wishes to register.
It is the responsibility of the faculty advisor to be accessible to students during weekly office hours and to hold adequate office hours during registration periods. Regular office hours are available on class syllabi and in the department office, C426.
Because departments at Simmons are small, faculty usually get to know students well through informal as well as formal contacts. The Department of Art & Music also hosts activities, such as the monthly exhibition openings and gallery talks in the Trustman Gallery that bring together professors, students, and those in the Simmons community interested in art, music, and arts administration.