Peter A. McAllister

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College of Arts and Letters
Music, Theatre & Dance
Office Location: MUS 127
Phone: 323-343-4001 Email:


This website is under development - Last updated: October 7, 2016

Daniel Katzen visits with Peter McAllister at TV Film and Media Center

Daniel Katzen visits with Peter McAllister at the TV Film & Media Center building at Cal State LA. Katzen performed for decades with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra before being hired by McAllister as the Horn Professor at the University of Arizona. Katzen was instrumental in landing the $20M naming gift for the UA Fred Fox School of Music.


As an artist, Peter McAllister has recorded professionally, with one release as a Columbia Record-of-the-Month selection. As a classical guitarist, he has premiered over 30 new works. The Washington Post called him “virtuosic…gifted.” In music education, he has co-edited 11 books, presented over 40 research papers, and served on the Music Educators Journal editorial committee for 6 years. He has chaired the Music Education National Conference (MENC) Cognition and Perception Special Research Interest Group, and served on the National Advisory Research Board for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TIME).

As an administrator, Peter McAllister served 5-years as Dean, College of Arts & Letters, California State University Los Angeles (2011-2016)

Opening ceremony for new TV Film and Media Center building at Cal State LA in 2014​ 

Opened a new $7M TV, Film & Media Center building (2014) 

Became a GRAMMY Museum Educational Affiliate (2015)

​Smithsonian Exhibition "American Sabor" at Department of Art: Fine Arts Gallery (2013-14)

​Animation Career Review ranks Cal State LA's Animation program: "Top 25 Animation Schools and Colleges on the West Coast 2015",1

From 2005-2011, Dr. McAllister was Director, School of Music, at the University of Arizona

  • President’s Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee member for 5 years
  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra Board member

​Before UA, he served as Director/Interim Director, School of Music, at Ball State University (2002-2005)






Check here for some of my published research: Google Scholar author page for Peter McAllister

Several years ago, I served as one of the readers/reviewers of the "Policy Brief on Creation, Performance and Research" published by The Council of Arts Accrediting Associations (CAAS). You can download the PDF here:




Kent State University, Ph.D. in Music Education (1995)

​University of Toronto, Bachelor of Music in Performance (1991)


​Harvard University, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE Certificate), Graduate School of Education (2014)

​University of Cincinnati, Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Certification Level I, College Conservatory of Music (1995)