The Music Department at San Diego Mesa College offers 82 active courses, providing
entry level music curricula comparable to those in four-year institutions. We are
training students to transfer to four year universities as well as to take part in
the growing entertainment field in California. The Music Department has demanding
and rewarding classes in applied music, music theory, ear training, electronic music,
guitar, piano, voice, world music, classical music, popular music, and jazz that provide
non-music and music majors the opportunity to learn about and create music. Since
1995 we have awarded $30,000+ in scholarships to music majors transferring to 4-year
institutions. If you care about music and want a superior music education, San Diego
Mesa College is a great choice.
Attend Our Music Orientation
If being a musician is your dream, come to our Music Orientation meeting on the first
Wednesday Recital Hour of each semester, 3:00-4:20 pm in C-119. Meet our excellent
faculty and learn about our available facilities and courses including our various
ensembles, piano, voice, guitar, and composition programs. You’ll have the opportunity
to ask questions about every aspect of the Music Department.
View Music Orientation Dates
Participate in an Ensemble
Explore the art of music performance at San Diego Mesa College and see how our instrumental
ensembles & choir bring students together from across the college. Choose from Jazz
Ensemble (small group), Guitar Ensemble, Choir, *Jazz Big Band, or *World Music Ensemble
(*currently not offered) and perform with your talented peers at events and venues
on campus and around the city.
Explore Music Ensembles at Mesa
Attend a Free Weekly Recital Hour Concert
Each week, the Music Department hosts Recital Hour featuring the talents of international
performers, music faculty, and music students. Recital hour concerts are free and
open to all students and the general public. You may also choose to enroll in the
Recital Hour course and take the class up to four times for credit.
View Upcoming Performances
See Past Recital Hour Concerts
Become a Performance Major and Prepare Your Audition
Our Music Studies-Performance AA Degree includes courses in Individualized Study 1-4
(MUSI 174A-D) or Applied Music 1-4 (MUSI 274A-D), which provides individual instruction
on your instrument (274 level only), performances in weekly master classes, and participation
in music department recitals. An audition is required for enrollment into these courses.
Learn More About How to Audition
Test Out of Basic Musicianship
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship is a required course for music majors that can either
be taken during the semester or passed via examination. For the latter, you will need
to assessed by contacting our music theory professor Gina Jung.
Explore Our Music Facilities
Discover the facilities and technology designed for a music major's success.
Maas Music Lab: C-109 / Schedule
The Maas Music Lab, located in room C-109, is available to enhance your studies of
music theory, ear training, and music technology. Its 18 work stations are equipped
- Music Notation Programs - Finale, Sibelius, Muse Score, and Aria Player with Garriton
- Music Theory and Ear Training Practice - Musition, Auralia, Practica Musica, Ear Training
Companion, and Pitch Blaster
- Audio Recording Software - Pro Tools, Logic, Adobe Audition, Audacity, and Midi Keyboard
- Video Production Software - Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro
- Office Tools - Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Scanner and Printing Station
- CZUR Shine 2.1.1 - Book/Sheet Music Scanner and Visual Presenter
- MOOG Grandmother Analog Synthesizer/Sequencer
Recording Studio: C-222 / Schedule
Our recently renovated Recording Studio has a wide variety of sound equipment and
computer workstations for recording, mixing, scoring, and production in both digital
and analog forms. Whether you take the Introduction to Audio Technology (MUSI 190)
course or more advanced courses such as Music & Social Media, Recording Arts, Computer
Music, Large Console Audio Recording, Projects in Audio Production 1-2, or Recording
Studio Internship 1-4, you will gain immediate access to the digital and electro-acoustic
technology you need to start building a portfolio of technology based music.
Program Learning Outcomes