Contact San Diego Mesa College Music Department


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

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Music Department

The Music Department at San Diego Mesa College offers 73 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 music theory, ear training, electronic music, guitar, piano, voice, world 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.



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San Diego Mesa College Jazz Big Band
concert jazz band

The San Diego Mesa College Jazz Big Band is a select group of instrumentalists devoted to the preparation and performance of the best contemporary jazz big band literature. Instruments needed for this ensemble: trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, guitar, bass, drumset, vibraphone/percussion, and vocalists. Designed to meet the needs of the student desiring to enter the field of professional Jazz big band work, but open to qualified students of any department of the college. The group gives public concerts and supplies music for college functions. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is an integral part of this course. The Jazz Big Band is offered every semester meeting on Wednesdays from 6:10-9:00 pm in C-119.  1 Unit, MUSI 252.  Contact: Ian Tordella

San Diego Mesa College Guitar Ensemble
guitar ensemble

The San Diego Mesa College Guitar Ensemble provides for the study and performance of selected guitar ensemble works. After an audition, each student is assigned to the ensemble. Students practice and perform in an intermediate-to-advanced guitar ensemble, focusing on developing their skills in reading music, as well as the technical and interpretative skills required in the performance of a wide variety of works from different historical eras. The course topics will be different with each repetition as the musical repertoire presented and performed differs each time the course is offered. Attendance at classes, rehearsals, and performances is required. Guitar Ensemble I-IV is offered every semester meeting on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:45-2:10 pm in C-119. 2 Units, MUSI 256A-D. Contact: Ian Bassett 

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San Diego Mesa College Jazz Ensemble
jazz ensemble

The San Diego Mesa College Jazz Ensemble is a study of small Jazz ensemble music at the beginning level. Students are seated in ensemble groups according to their technical ability in preparation for performance on a wide variety of instrumentation (trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitar, bass, drumset, vibraphone, violin & vocalists). This course is designed for music majors and anyone interested in playing with a beginning level Jazz ensemble. Jazz Ensemble I-IV is offered every semester on Fridays from 9:25 am-12:35 pm in C-119. 1 Unit, MUSI 253A-D. Contact: Bob Magnusson 

San Diego Mesa College Vocal Ensemble
vocal ensemble

The San Diego Mesa College Vocal Ensemble is an intermediate choral ensemble that focuses on developing music-reading, aural, and vocal skills in the preparation and performance of a wide variety of choral works. Enrollment is by audition. Members are expected to have some previous choral and vocal experience. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required. Vocal Ensemble I-IV is offered every semester meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:45 pm in C-116. 2 Units, MUSI 211A-D. Contact: Amy Mein

San Diego Mesa College World Music Ensemble
world music ensemble

The San Diego Mesa College World Music Ensemble exposes students to a variety of world music traditions including those found in Uganda (East Africa), Ghana (West Africa), Zaïre (Central Africa), and Brazil (South America). Students will learn basic techniques on a variety of percussion instruments and learn to sing traditional vocal pieces. Repertoire covered involves learning through oral tradition and alternative notation. No prior experience needed and no audition required. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.  World Music Ensemble I-IV is offered every semester meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45-2:10 pm in C-119. 2 Units, MUSI 251A-D.  Contact: Dr. N. Scott Robinson


Applied Music Program

Applied Music Program (A.M.P.) provides individual instruction on your instrument, performances in weekly master classes and participation in music department recitals. Admission is by audition.  Click here for more information.



Music Scholarships

Applications are due each February

The San Diego 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 San Diego Mesa College students.  To see the scholarships for those participating or planning to participate in San Diego Mesa College Music classes,  click “Apply Here.”  At the top of the new page, click “Sign Up" if interested in applying.



Music Dept. Features

  • Applied Music Program: Limited enrollment via competitive auditions have nurtured highly talented musicians, the majority successfully transfer in their specialty
  • Jazz Big 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
  • 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
  • Piano classes: Our three levels of piano classes prepare music majors for passing the piano proficiency required at all 4-year degree music institutions for transfer students. Contact: Jaeryoung Lee -  PIANO CLASS PROMO VIDEO
  • 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
  • Music Theory/Ear Training 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. Contact: Dr. Momilani Ramstrum