Music Department



Contact San Diego Mesa College Music Department

  • Music Instructional Assistant
    Alan Goodman .

    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


Music Department

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 $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 the best choice.

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Music Scholarships

Applications are due February 20, 2018

The Mesa College Scholarship Program enables students to complete their studies, and is one of the keys to ensuring student success through financial support. Scholarships range in value from $250 – $2,500. Scholarship opportunities are available to all Mesa students.  To see the scholarships for those participating or planning to participate in Mesa College Music classes,  click “Apply Here.”  At the top of the new page, click “Sign Up" if interested in applying.


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


  • 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
  • Music in the United States
  • Jazz History
  • Music, The Arts, and Humanity
  • 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 featuring 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: Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and World Music Ensemble
  • 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