Cal State LA Department of Music

The Department of Music offers both liberal arts and professional degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Master of Music, and the Master of Arts degree in Music. Undergraduate students pursuing degrees in other fields may also declare music as a minor. Students may choose from an array of music courses to enrich their general education and cultural life experiences.


Dr. Adam Snow leading the Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Adam Snow leading the Percussion Ensemble

View our music audition requirements to help you prepare for your time to shine. Need and merit-based scholarships are available.

Upcoming Concerts

Commercial music ensemble singers

Join us as we celebrate the hard work of our students and faculty at Cal State LA in our ensemble concerts. Performances are free and open to the public, and are also livestreamed on YouTube.

Faculty Jenny Kim with a lightning backdrop

New YouTube video by Cal State LA French Horn faculty, Jenny Kim

Cal State LA faculty Jenny Kim, who teaches French Horn, released a helpful video masterclass with some of her friends and musician colleagues about performance anxiety. View it by clicking here!

James Newton Scholarship Banner Image

James Newton Scholarship

The Cal State L.A. Department of Music has an exciting new scholarship honoring one of our alum and former faculty, James Newton. Available to full-time students (BM or MM) concentrating in Jazz performance, and/or Jazz or Classical Composition!

To inquire further and apply, contact the Jazz Area Coordinator Dr. James Ford at [email protected].



The Mariachi Ensemble posing in front the Luckman Theater.

Mariachi Águila de Oro in the Chicanx-Latinx Alumni Association Concert

Cal State LA's Mariachi Águila de Oro directed by Professor Cynthia Reifler Flores performed for the Chicanx-Latinx Alumni Association concert on September 15th. 

Save the date for their collaboration with the Cal State LA Jazz Ensemble on December 9th! Find more information on our Upcoming Events page.

Mission and Values

Wind Ensemble with Conductor

Musical Excellence

Emphasizing the development of excellent musicianship through a diverse approach to the study of harmony, musicianship, and musicology.

Cal State LA Mariachi Ensemble


Building a community of music within the Department, across the University, and in the greater Los Angeles area.

Choirs performing at the Luckman


Celebrating artistic and cultural diversity, including backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.



Emphasizing technology as a crucial component in the evolving musical landscape.

Afro-Latin Ensemble

Public Engagement

Bringing music into the public sphere, especially by engaging with and building our musical communities.

Commercial music ensemble singers

Social Justice

Giving students opportunities to enact social change through music in order to become engaged members of the global community.

The University Choir and Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Emily Moss at the Luckman
The University Choir and Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Emily Moss at the Luckman
Cal State LA University Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Patti Kilroy

Perform with Us!

The Department of Music has multiple music performance opportunities for Cal State LA students from all majors who have a passion for making music. We invite you to join us by finding the perfect ensemble or band for you.

                              Contact us: (323) 343-4060  [email protected]