William Toutant received a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Michigan State University. He joined the music faculty of California State University, Northridge in 1975. Since then he served not only as a Professor of Music but various administrative jobs including Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication. He became Professor Emeritus in 2013. From 1995 to 2013, he wrote and hosted the weekly radio program, "The KCSN Opera House."