San Diego Mesa College Music Department

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Applications are due February 27, 2015

The San Diego Mesa College Music Department is offering $1000.00 merit-based scholarships to incoming students who desire to play with the San Diego Mesa College Concert Jazz Band or sing in the San Diego Mesa College Vocal Ensemble.


Start your career and get your music education at San Diego Mesa College!

The Music Department at San Diego Mesa College offers over 60 active courses, providing a lower division curriculum 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, the largest industry in California. The Music Department has demanding and rewarding classes in theory, electronic music, voice, and jazz that provide non-music and music majors the opportunity to learn about and create music. Since 1995 we have awarded $23,500 in scholarships to 16 music majors transferring to 4-year institutions. If you care about music and want a superior music education, San Diego Mesa College is the best choice.

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San Diego Mesa College
School of Arts & Languages, Music Department
Music Office C-109
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, California 92111-4998
Attention: Alan Goodman, Music Instructional Assistant

Phone: 619-388-2809


  • AA in Music;
  • Transfer degree for CSU and UC;
  • 3 Certificates of Completion in Music Theory, Music Technology, and Music Composition
Courses for Music Majors
Practical Music Courses
  • Piano classes (3 levels)
  • Guitar classes (2 levels)
  • Voice classes (3 levels)
  • Composition (2 levels)
  • Recording and Music Technology (6 courses)
Theoretical Courses
  • Music literacy (Basic Musicianship)
  • Music Theory and Ear-Training (4 levels)
  • Jazz Theory for Piano I and II
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Instrumental Ensembles (6 groups; Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Concert Jazz Band, World Music Ensemble, and Athletic Concert Band)
  • Private Instruction in Performance (Applied Music Program; for any instrument and voice)
General Education Courses (Courses that transfer for non-majors)
  • Introduction to Music
  • Recital Hour
  • Music of Our Time
  • World Music
  • Jazz History
  • Music, Arts and the Humanities
  • Music for Elementary Teachers (transfers for education majors at SDSU)
  • History of Rock Music
How We Contribute
  • The Applied Music Program: limited enrollment via competitive auditions have nurtured highly talented musicians, the majority successfully transfer in their specialty
  • Concert Jazz Band: Solid reputation throughout community with high energy and popular community concerts
  • Vocal Ensemble: performed concerts throughout San Diego and on international tours a variety of programs dedicated to gospel music, music of the Pacific Rim, African music, vocal jazz and western European masterworks
  • Variety of other ensembles: Jazz Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, World Music Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and Athletic Concert Band
  • Recital Hour: Weekly musical performances showcase talented students, masterful faculty, musicians of the local community and performers of world renown, and a venue for educational quality concerts for students, campus and community
  • The Electronic Music Studio: State of the Art recording facility and computer music production studio available to students at any level of interest and ability with a very broad curriculum
  • Music Composition courses: virtually unheard of at community colleges, composition and songwriting regarded as a core skill for the creative musician
  • The Music Theory program: recognized State-wide for its rigor, courses transfer directly to CSU and UC music programs. Students place without deficiencies at major conservatories and universities