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The Music Department offers three programs of study: Audio Arts, Commercial Music, and Music Studies.

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    • degree iconAudio Arts Degrees & Certificates

      The Audio Arts program is for students interested in the production of music, including audio production, engineering, live sound reinforcement, multimedia, and the business of music. Students in the Audio Arts program can pursue either an Associate in Science degree or two Certificates of Achievement. The AS degree is available now; the certificates are expected to become available by the 2023-24 academic year.


      For more information on the Audio Arts program, contact
      Prof. Nathan Tharp

    • degree iconCommercial Music Degrees & Certificates

      The Commercial Music program is for students interested in the performance or composition of popular music. Students in the Commercial Music program can pursue either an Associate in Science degree or a Certificate of Achievement, both of which are in the final stages of the approval process and expected to be available by the 2023-24 academic year.

      • Commercial Music AS Degree
      • Commercial Music Certificate


      For more information on the Commercial Music program, contact Prof. Nathan Tharp

    • certificate iconMusic Studies Degrees & Certificates

      The Music Studies program is for students interested in teaching music, performing classical or jazz music, conducting, composing, or working as a music therapist. Completing the Music Studies course of study prepares a student for transfer to a baccalaureate music degree program (BA or BM) at a CSU, UC, or private college or university. Past students in the Music Studies program have transferred to Azusa Pacific University, CSUF, CSULB, CSUN, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, USC, and other colleges and universities to major in Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music Performance, and Music Therapy. 

      Students in the Music Studies program can pursue the Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Music as well as several Certificates of Achievement. The Music AA-T and Level 1 certificate are available now; the Level 2 certificates are expected to be available by the 2023-24 academic year.


      The Music Department faculty recommends that students in the Music Studies program first complete the Music Studies Level 1 certificate, then complete the Level 2 certificate corresponding to their focus. By combining these two certificates with the CSU GE requirements, a student also qualifies for the Associate of Arts Transfer Degree.

      The requirements for all certificates can be broken down into five categories: the music theory and musicianship sequence, ensemble, individual instruction, piano, and required electives.

      For more information on the music theory and musicianship sequence, visit the Music Theory and Musicianship Sequence page or contact Prof. Robert Bowen.

      For more information on ensembles or individual instruction, contact the faculty member most closely associated with your area of focus.

      For more information on piano, contact Prof. Tiffany Kuo.

      For information on required electives, contact Prof. Robert Bowen or Prof. Tiffany Kuo.

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