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Mission and Values

The Cal State LA Department of Music cultivates the unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect of our students through transformative musicianship, performance, and scholarship.

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

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

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

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

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

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