The ELAC Music Department provides a comprehensive curriculum for the student who aspires to become a professional musician; who plans to enter the teaching profession; for whom music is a part of a general education; or 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 performers and pedagogues, and are active in the Los Angeles music profession.
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, regardless of the performance area. Music majors will also be expected to fulfill all courses in music theory and musicianship, as well as music history.
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.
Performing, recording, producing, song and score writing, engineering and management are all facets of the commercial music industry. There are jobs in promotion, sales and marketing that combine management skills with music. Wherever your focus is, our Commercial Music Program can provide you with a comprehensive curriculum to make you competitive in the music industry. Our new facilities include a state-of-the-art music computer lab and a recording studio.
We have performance opportunities in a wide variety of ensembles, including: Orchestra, Chamber Chorale, College Choir, Jazz Band, Latin Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Symphonic Band. Our choirs and bands have garnered critical acclaim participating in numerous festivals and competitions. Our new 350-seat Recital Hall with its exceptional acoustics allows our faculty and students to experience performing on a world-class concert stage.