Why We Are Great

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

In our department you can...
  • get free lessons on your instrument
  • join a band, choir or orchestra
  • perform around town
  • write your own music
  • make a portfolio
  • learn about music technology
  • record your music
  • try out new musical instruments
  • hear live diverse musical styles
  • collaborate with other musicians and departments
  • plan your transfer to a 4 year university
  • prepare for work in the music entertainment industry
  • get an Associates Degree
Why San Diego Mesa College Music Department is great...
  1. Classes are small - classes adapted to individual needs and learning styles.
  2. Teachers care about students and want to keep them engaged and in class.
  3. Faculty are accomplished professionals in their fields who have a focus and commitment on teaching.
  4. Classes are affordable - $46/unit (in-state) or $190/unit (out-of-state) at San Diego Mesa College vs. $1105/unit (in-state) or $3012/unit (out-of-state) at University of California, San Diego (including required fees) and $228/unit (in-state) or $372/unit (out-of-state) at San Diego State University.
  5. Classes are rigorous - you will be challenged and prepared for the world and university level work when you are finished.
  6. Classes are transferable.
  7. Standards are comparable or better than other San Diego colleges and universities.
  8. Classes are taught by faculty not grad students.
  9. Shared governance - teachers and administration are receptive to student input. We now have a Composition club - created and run by students.
  10. High quality online classes.
  11. Innovative programs - multimedia projects created in theory classes.
  12. Free tutors and office hours for students needing extra help.
  13. State-of-the-art studio with instruction and full student access.
  14. Weekly free concerts in diverse styles - world music, jazz, folk, experimental, classical, electronic.
  15. Mesa College is place where music gets made and played.
  16. Music students have use of the Mass Music Lab in C-108 to assist in learning and homework for Music Theory, Ear Training, and Music Technology courses