Studying music at California State University, Los Angeles places one in the exciting Southern California music scene. With a campus located just east of downtown Los Angeles, students have numerous outlets in which to engage across a broad range of musical possibilities. Nearby are the world famous
Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Music Center of Los Angeles County, television, film and recording studios, theme parks, and numerous other music performance and production venues where students and graduates frequently find opportunities for professional growth during their studies or employment after graduation.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department has undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in classical music performance, conducting, composition, music education, commercial music, jazz studies, and Latin music performance.

The Music Area of MTD offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and Master of Music degrees. Certain degree programs allow students to pursue individual educational objectives by combining music study with other academic interests. Students may also fulfill requirements for a State of California music teaching credential.