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The ELAC Music Department provides an outstanding comprehensive curriculum for the student who aspires to become a professional musician, plans to enter the teaching profession, for whom music is a part of a general education, or who intends to pursue an advanced degree in music.

Our distinguished faculty brings a depth of knowledge and experience to our students. Many are world-class musicians and pedagogues, performing on the international concert stage, as well as being active in numerous music organizations as established teachers and adjudicators. Our S2 Music Building houses smart classrooms, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and a beautiful 350-seat recital hall, all of which helps our dedicated faculty provide an exceptional, comprehensive curriculum for the music student.

The Applied Music Program

Acceptance into the Applied Music Program is by audition only. The Applied Music Program enables the Music Department to provide one-on-one instrumental/vocal lessons to our qualified music majors. These lessons (Music 181-184) are taught by exceptional professional musicians in the Los Angeles area, and will help foster the students' musical and technical development on their chosen instrument or voice. In addition to the lessons, students will meet weekly for a performance workshop (Music 250), which provides an opportunity to improve and enhance public performance skills. Participation in one of our performance ensembles is also an integral part of this program. In order to be a well-rounded musician, it is vital not only to focus on individual improvement, but also to be able to work within a larger ensemble.

Since keyboard facility is important to music majors, students are urged to meet keyboard proficiency requirements in the lower division (Music 321, 322, 323, and 324), regardless of the performance area. Music majors will also be expected to fulfill all courses in music theory and musicianship (Music 200, 201-203 and Music 217-2, 218-2, 219-2), as well as music history (Music 121 and 122).

The Applied Music Program meets the lower-division requirements of most colleges and universities offering a four-year curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in music. For specific requirements, the catalog of the four-year institution should be consulted. Details of our Applied Music Program may be found under the Applied Music tab.

Commercial Music Program

Performing, recording, engineering, producing, song and score writing, and management are all facets of the commercial music industry. This industry offers jobs in promotion, sales, and marketing that combine management skills with music. Our state-of-the-art recording studio, equipped with the latest sophisticated technology and software, gives students valuable hands-on training and experience. Our Commercial Music Program can provide you with comprehensive skills to make you competitive in the music industry.

Performing Ensembles

ELAC has performance opportunities in a wide variety of ensembles: College Choir (Music 501), Chamber Chorale (Music 561), Orchestra (Music 721), Symphonic Band (Music 745), and Jazz Ensemble (Music 775). Our choirs and bands have garnered critical acclaim participating in numerous festivals and competitions. Our 350-seat Recital Hall with its exceptional acoustics allows our faculty and students to experience performing on a world-class concert stage.