Program Overview

Our Music Program prepares students for a career in public school teaching; broadens their general knowledge of music, develops their performance skills, as well is for students who wish to either become professional musicians or pursue an advance degree in music. Each program award (degree or certificate) includes music theory, musicianship, and performances skills. Transfer students must pass proficiency exams in these areas.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation

  • Music
  • Music for Transfer
  • Music - Mariachi Specialization

Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical

  • Music - Commercial

Certificate of Achievement

  • Music - Commercial

Certificate of Proficiency

  • Music - Mariachi Specialization

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the music major. A few of the these require an associate in arts degree, most require a bachelor's degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: soloist, conductor, composer, private music teacher, high school or college instructor, music librarian, recording technician, band performer, backup artist, music critic, church music director, administrator, studio performer, record/CD producer, accompanist, arranger, copyist, publisher, and music therapist.

Contact Us


Todd Caschetta

Dr. Jeff Nevin

Dr. Jorge Pastrana

Dr. Teresa Russell


Department Chair

Dr. Teresa Russell


Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5679

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